After a week zero tune-up against Hawai’i, the Bruins face a much tougher task when LSU heads to Pasadena.
Last year, LSU couldn’t, and shouldn’t have been expected to, match their historic 2019 season. But they certainly had the talent to be better than 5-5. This season, expectations were once again high heading into the year, however, those hopes were tempered a bit when starting quarterback Myles Brennan was lost to an arm injury. The Tigers will now turn to sophomore Max Johnson, who played in six games last year and threw eight touchdowns to just one interception. If LSU can improve it’s rushing attack from a season ago, it should take some pressure off the young signal caller. The Tigers also need to be drastically better on defense if they hope to compete for the SEC title. LSU ranked 124th in team defense in 2020, but feature one of the best players in the country, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.
UCLA ran wild in their 44-10 win over Hawai’i in week zero. The Bruins were led by transfer running back Zach Charbonnet, who in his first game in the blue and gold ran for three touchdowns on just six carries. Charbonnet scored on runs of 21 yards, 47 yards and another 21-yard run. UCLA totaled 244 yards on the ground and averaged nearly six yards per carry. Defensively, the Bruins kept the Warriors in check by holding Hawai’i to 26 yards rushing and stifled the Warriors through the air with two interceptions and eight pass breakups.
Due to Hurricane Ida, LSU is spending the week preparing in Houston. This could impact Tigers’ preparation, but it is also LSU’s first trip to the Rose Bowl Stadium in school history. There should be plenty of purple and gold in the stands.