No. 6 LSU opens against Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern (10-3 last season) at No. 6 LSU (10-3), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Line: LSU by 27 1/2.
Series record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
LSU aims to affirm its status as a national contender with a convincing performance and otherwise keep starters healthy in advance of a highly anticipated Week 2 visit to No. 10 Texas. Georgia Southern seeks to consolidate gains made last season and deliver a competitive showing against a major opponent on the road in advance of their Sun Belt Conference schedule.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia Southern: Junior Wesley Kennedy III plays running back and receiver as well as kick and punt returner. He had 1,306 all-purpose yards last season, including 495 yards rushing, 182 yards receiving, 529 yards on kickoff returns and 100 yards on punt returns.
LSU: Cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is making his much-anticipated debut. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound freshman was among the highest rated recruits at any position in the nation last year.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Eagles, who made the jump from the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014, have never defeated a ranked FBS team on the road. … Chad Lunsford is in his second full season as Georgia Southern coach. In his first, the Eagles became just the fourth FBS program to go from double-digit losses to double-digit wins in successive seasons. … Georgia Southern runs the triple option and averaged 266.2 yards rushing and 79 yards passing in 2018. Quarterback Shai Werts rushed for a Sun Belt quarterback record 15 scores and passed for 987 yards and 10 TDs last season. … LSU’s Joe Burrow returns as starting quarterback after passing for 2,894 yards and 16 TDs last season and rushing for 399 yards and seven TDs. … Ed Orgeron is 25-9 at LSU as he enters his third full season as Tigers coach. … Delpit was a unanimous All-America selection last season after leading the Southeastern conference with five interceptions to go with his team-leading five sacks.