LSU, though, does a little more than just line up and challenge offenses. The Tigers threw some tricks at Oregon in a 40-27 win, and they'll likely have some for West Virginia, too. Holgorsen knows that.
"I'm not saying they're vanilla by any stretch of the imagination,'' Holgorsen said. "Everybody breaks tendencies throughout the course of a game. I'm not saying we know exactly what they're going to do in specific situations. Those are going to change.
"I'm saying they're just good at what they do. It doesn't matter if it's a man situation or if it's a zone situation or if it's a man pressure or a zone pressure. They have the ability to do all that stuff and they have the ability to do all that stuff well.''
The Tigers are giving up just 47.7 yards per game on the ground and 207.7 yards total. Even with teams unable to run the ball, LSU is surrendering just 160 yards per game passing. Oregon threw the ball 54 times and gained just 240 yards in a game in which LaMichael James rushed 18 times for just 54 yards.
But it is not an impenetrable force, or so Holgorsen hopes.
"The biggest challenge going against a defense that's good, talented and never out of position is you have to take advantage of the little space you have,'' Holgorsen said. "We're going to have to throw into receivers that are covered. We're going to have to run the ball into people that are filling gaps. We're going to have to sustain blocks a little bit longer. If they're playing zone coverage and we get a guy open in the middle, that hole's going to close relatively quick.
"The speed of the game is going to have to increase more than it did last week, and the tight space that we have to take advantage of offensively - we have to take advantage of it. But wherever the ball is, they get there real fast, and they're pretty aggressive once they get there.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.