Jeff Palermo’s LSU-Jacksonville State Preview & Prediction
LSU and Jacksonville State meet for the first time on the football field on Saturday night at 6:30 PM. Will it be the first time we see Danny Etling play for the Tigers?
After Brandon Harris' underwhelming performance against Wisconsin, the fan base is calling for change, not only with the play calling, but also at the quarterback position.
Etling is LSU's second-string quarterback after transferring in from Purdue. Etling started 12 consecutive games as a freshman and sophomore for the Big 10 school, but was eventually benched and found a new home in Baton Rouge.
Jacksonville State has had stability at the quarterback position. Senior Eli Jenkins has been starting for the Gamecocks since 2013. Jenkins has 8,688 career yards of total offense, which is the most in school history. Last week in a win over North Alabama, Jenkins threw for 230 yards and rushed for 101 yards.
The Gamecocks will be able to stay in this game, if they can slow down running back Leonard Fournette, if he plays.
Coach Les Miles would not confirm on Wednesday whether Fournette has been practicing, after suffering a contusion towards the end of the Wisconsin game. But Miles said he expects Fournette to play.
Jacksonville State has four players on defense that were named to the Ohio Valley Conference preseason team, three of them are in J-S-U's front seven, including Darius Jackson, who was selected as the league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The junior had 19 tackles for a loss last season.
The Gamecocks have won 22 straight games against non-FBS foes and they are 1-6 against SEC teams. They beat Ole Miss in double overtime to start the 2010 season and they lost in overtime to Auburn last season.
I'm expecting LSU to win, but it won't be easy for the Tigers. LSU 28 Jacksonville State 17.