LSU's Jarrett Lee, a 6-foot-2, 206-pound senior, is a coach's son who hasn't been asked to pass much since taking over for suspended Jordan Jefferson. Lee has been effective, completing 67.8 percent of his passes. But he's thrown just 59 times. WVU's Geno Smith, meanwhile, has connected on 69.5 percent of his passes on 82-of-118 passing with seven touchdowns and just one interception.
WVU hopes its freshmen backs resemble those of LSU in a year. The Tigers are led by sophomores Spencer Ware, 5-11, 223 pounds, and Michael Ford, 5-10, 215 pounds, who have 226 and 218 yards, respectively. The Mountaineers have been led by freshmen Vernard Roberts, 112 yards, and Andrew Buie, 88. Shawne Alston returned from injury last week to chip in 20.
LSU's top two receivers this season have been Odell Beckman (who grew up in a track family) and Rueben Randle, aka the "Big Reubeno." The corps will add Russell Shepard, who has been suspended, for this game. Shepard is one of the Tigers' best. Overall, though, WVU might have a better group in Tavon Austin, Ivan McCartney, Stedman Bailey and Devon Brown.
Even against comparatively inferior competition, WVU's line, led by tackles Don Barclay and Pat Eger, doesn't stack up to that of LSU. The Tigers, led by 6-6, 340-pound tackle Alex Hurst, are both big and experienced. (Hurst, by the way, is nicknamed "Clyde" -- as in Clydesdale.) LSU's line is pushing for more rushing yards (166-78.7) and has allowed fewer sacks (3-4).