Pasquali's Pix: LSU's offense was improved against TCU

Pasquali's Pix: LSU's offense was improved against TCU

September 5th, 2013 by David Paschall in Sports - College

OTHER PICKS

Kentucky 26, Miami of Ohio 16

Miss. State 48, Alcorn State 9

LSU 38, UAB 13

Missouri 30, Toledo 21

Texas A&M 69, Sam Hou. St. 7

Arkansas 37, Samford 14

Ole Miss 56, SE Missouri St. 14

Boston Coll. 24, Wake Forest 17

North Carolina 42, MTSU 25

Clemson 44, S.C. State 3

Virginia Tech 59, W. Carolina 10

Oregon 45, Virginia 14

Maryland 43, Old Dominion 12

N.C. State 31, Richmond 13

Northwestern 20, Syracuse 19

Wisconsin 61, Tenn. Tech 18

Boise State 55, UT-Martin 26

We'll see how the marriage turns out, but the honeymoon went well.

LSU played its first game with Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator last Saturday night, and the Tigers compiled a healthy 448 yards in a 37-27 win over TCU in Dallas. Terrence Magee and Alfred Blue combined for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, while Zach Mettenberger threw for 251 yards and a score.

Mettenberger averaged 200.7 passing yards a game last season and had 120 yards in the Chick-fil-A Bowl loss to Clemson, his final game before Cameron's arrival.

"He brings a great confidence to the throwing game," LSU head coach Les Miles said Wednesday, "and there is a real strong chemistry there. I think he's making a difference with our quarterback."

Mettenberger completed just 16 of 32 passes against the Horned Frogs, but Miles believes that was misleading.

"We kind of saw it as 80-percent accurate," Miles said. "He threw away three balls and maybe as many as five balls, and he correctly threw them away. Those are the kind of things that don't figure into that 50 percentile.

"When you look at an offense that was 13-of-19 on third-down percentage, you have to say that he had a big night."

Pasquali's Pix:

Florida at Miami: Similar hair. Potentially explosive sideline demeanors. Is Al Golden's necktie the only thing that separates him from Florida's Will Muschamp? Hurricanes 20, Gators 17.

Western Kentucky at Tennessee: What if that had been Derek Dooley on the back of Bobby Petrino's motorcycle? Volunteers 27, Hilltoppers 20.

Austin Peay at Vanderbilt: Vandy is the big-boy school in this showdown, though Austin Peay has 4,000 more students. Commodores 49, Governors 3.

Arkansas State at Auburn: Gus Malzahn would really be wise to win the Gus Malzahn Bowl. Tigers 41, Red Wolves 24.

UTC at Georgia State: What are the odds this Georgia Dome crowd tops last week's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic? Mocs 30, Panthers 13.

South Carolina at Georgia: The Gamecocks have more wins (five) over Mark Richt than any other Bulldogs coach. Bulldogs 34, Gamecocks 27.

Duke at Memphis: If Mike Krzyzewski can devise ways to stop Derrick Rose from penetrating, the Blue Devils should prevail. Blue Devils 38, Tigers 19.

Notre Dame at Michigan: The shuffling conference landscape claims another rivalry as the Irish make their last scheduled trip to Ann Arbor. Irish 17, Wolverines 16.

Last week:

Winners............................21

Manziel signatures........4

Pasquali is 21-4 overall (84.0 percent) this season.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.