I am not seeing an elite D at LSU at all. They weren't elite last year and they lost a lot. Their D line isn't nearly as talented as years past and they already have 2 DT's injured and Valentine was just cleared to play. If he even plays, its hard to imagine any impact (Not mention he is a freshman facing one of the best O lines in the country). They are really young and unproven on the D line and were mediocre vs the run last year allowing 143+ per game with 2 draft picks at the tackles. Wisconsin should be able to run the ball for 200+ yards. No bet for me on the side, but I think Wisky has a very good chance to win this game. I can't bet without seeing the QB play for either team. I think the under is probably the best bet as both teams will keep this one on the ground.
It comes down to a young SEC D with a shutdown secondary and filled with and 5 start players along with one of the best OC's in college football in Cam Cameron who calls plays for an inexperienced but Uber talented O made up of an elite O Line and a bunch of future super star skill position players versus a one dimensional offense, with an inexperienced QB and very inexperienced receiving core that has only 3 returning starters on D. Granted Wisc has Gordon and an experienced OL, but since they are so one dimensional, LSU's talent advantage and depth will eventually wear Wisc down by the the quarter. With only a 4 to 4.5 spread, I think I will take my chances on the SEC team on a neutral field.
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LSU will try to run its nation-best non-conference winning streak to 46 games when the No. 13 Tigers meet No. 14 Wisconsin in the season opener for both teams Saturday night. LSU, which hasn’t lost out of conference since its season opener against Virginia Tech in 2002, has won 11 straight openers since, while the Badgers have won their last 15 season debuts.
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