McNeese State Cowboys vs. LSU Tigers Betting Game Preview (2021)

Sep 11, 2021 - 10:41 AM

Ed Orgeron will coach against his son, Cody Orgeron, for the first time in his career. Imagine drawing up plays to sack your son? I couldn’t do it. Ed wanted to give his son the spotlight on national television, so he worked up a deal to play a non-conference game against McNeese State, where Cody is now the starting quarterback. It’s an interesting storyline and one that will be talked about a lot before the game begins. McNeese State is also located in Louisiana, about 130 miles from Baton Rouge.

This game will be a fairly easy game for LSU despite their early loss to UCLA.

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  • Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021
  • Start Time: 8.00 p.m. EST
  • Television: ESPN+
  • Last Meeting: LSU defeated McNeese State 32-10 in 2010 in Baton Rouge.


LSU is already 0-1 to start the season after a dreadful loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl. LSU couldn’t run the ball for their life, averaging just two yards per rush against the UCLA defense. The defense was bringing pressure all night, and while quarterback Max Johnson had a good afternoon, he could’ve been much better along with the offensive line.

Johnson was 26-of-46 and threw for 320 yards. However, the rushing game was dreadful, and the defense allowed big play after big play. Yet again, the LSU tackling is a major concern, along with their rushing defense and coverage. Quarterbacks are just going to pick on the receiver not being guarded by Derek Stingley Jr. It worked for UCLA and should work for every other team.

However, this game won’t be much of a challenge. They’re taking on McNeese State, who just lost to West Florida at their home, 42-36 on Saturday. Cody Orgeron threw for 367 yards and two touchdowns, but ultimately the defense allowed just as many yards in the passing game, and McNeese State fell in their opener.

You can expect LSU’s offense to go on a tear in this one. I’ll go on a limb and say that Max Johnson likely won’t be playing in the fourth quarter.

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It’s time for LSU to hit the reset button. They lost a non-conference game to UCLA, and it stinks. But that wasn’t a conference game. The season isn’t over, and the talent on this team is way too good to give up now. The rushing defense of LSU allowed 210 yards thanks to absolutely terrible tackling and a rush defense that couldn’t get hands on anyone until a UCLA runner was five yards ahead of the line of scrimmage.

LSU showed off a solid pass rush despite some terrible defense, and the coverage will be fine in the secondary once everyone gets settled in. They’ve got some of the best corners in the nation, and that has already been shown off thanks to an Eli Ricks interception last week.

On the offensive end, the Tigers gave Johnson plenty of time in the pocket to make accurate throws. Johnson will get more comfortable as the season progresses. Just seeing he was able to throw for 330 yards is convincing enough. This team rarely puts a full game together between offense, defense, and special teams. They lacked that again last week. However, going up against McNeese State, they’re going to look to make a statement at this point. This is a reset game. A game where they need to blow out their opponent to remind themselves how dominant this team really can be.

Take LSU and lay it all.

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