Five storylines: LSU Tigers


BATON ROUGE, La. -- Here are the five big storylines facing No. 3 LSU in its game against against Washington on Saturday at Tiger Stadium:

1. An early impression: It will be hard for LSU to make an impression in any other game in a light early schedule (North Texas and Idaho are the other two opponents before a Sept. 22 trip to Auburn), and UW is the only game against a BCS opponent in the Tigers' non-conference schedule.

2. Secondary tested: UW has a 3,000-yard passer in Keith Price and talented receivers in Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. How will the Tigers' young secondary hold up against a potent Pac-12 attack?

3. Pressure to pressure: After getting no sacks in 21 pass attempts by North Texas, LSU's much-ballyhooed front four will need to take advantage of a beat-up UW offensive line (OT Ben Riva broke his forearm against San Diego State) to pressure Price, both to help the defensive backs and to enhance its own reputation.

4. Mett Magic?: Washington's defense showed aggressive tendencies under new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox during last week's 21-12 season-opening win over San Diego State. If the Huskies are aggressive up front this week, does LSU QB Zach Mettenberger work on burning them with a downfield passing game?

5. Running away with it?: LSU looked so good in the running game against UNT with both Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue breaking the 100-yard barrier. UW, meanwhile, gave up 199 yards rushing to SDSU while its starting running back Jesse Callier, left the game in the first quarter with what's apparently a season-ending knee injury.