by Jeff Pizzo
Many are calling tomorrow's LSU game at Kentucky a "trap" game as it's sandwiched in between Florida and Auburn. Mostly, though, it's because of the way the Tigers won last week, putting all its effort into willing out a win against the Gators. I'm hoping the Tigers don't get trapped in Lexington.
Here are your keys to the game for the Tigers:
1) Containing Kentucky QB Andre Woodson.
Woodson is getting a ton of hype from many at ESPN and others around the country and is currently being considered as
a Heisman Trophy candidate and first round draft pick. LSU will have to make sure that he doesn't beat them - not with his arm, but with his legs. If Glen Dorsey and Co. can keep pressure on Woodson, forcing him into some bad throws (see his game versus South Carolina), the Tigers should be OK. The thing that worries me is him getting out of the pocket, running and gaining yards on third down, thus keeping drives alive for the Wildcats. Hopefully, Ali Highsmith will make sure that does not happen.
2) Carnell Stewart
I'll continue to call out Carnell until he stops committing false start penalties. Carnell was quoted after the Florida game as saying that it was difficult for him to hear the snap counts - hence why he kept getting flagged. Keep in mind the Florida game was played at home. In Baton Rouge. In Tiger Stadium. If he can't hear the snap count at home, how is he going to react on the road against a top-20 team and crazy crowd who probably has seen the "Bluegrass Miracle" umpteen times and want to make sure they send the Tigers home with a loss? For the love of Jacob Hester: Carnell, don't move before the ball does.
This is pretty much a "must" win for the Saints. Technically, at this point though, being 0-4, they are all "must wins." The Saints travel to the Pacific Northwest to play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. The last time the Saints played on Sunday night was last year against Dallas, in Dallas. The Saints played perfectly in that game and absolutely dominated the Cowboys, but can they do the same thing this coming Sunday night?
It's highly unlikely. Remember this: With all the problems on the team - from Drew Brees' poor play, wide receivers dropping balls, a defense that can't stop the run - do you know what was discussed all week at Saints camp this week by the local media? The kicker, Olindo Mare. Really? REALLY? Everything that is wrong with the Saints right now and we're covering the kicker and kicking tryouts. My goodness, things have definitely gotten bad for the Saints.
For the Saints to win, they have to play smart. No penalties, no turnovers. That's basically it. I still maintain that they are trying way too hard and they just don't look comfortable out on the field. Something isn't right, you know? Hopefully on Sunday night, they can make it right and make the long flight back to New Orleans a happy one.