Football picksAugust 30, 2011

Oregon vs. LSU College Football Picks vs. the Spread

The Oregon Ducks and LSU Tigers will face off in what figures to be the most exciting game of opening weekend. The two teams will head to Dallas to play in Cowboys Stadium, a venue that should offer the perfect setting for a Labor Day matchup of heavy hitters. What should you expect in this game? It depends upon how much value you put on factors such as the distractions surrounding the LSU squad.

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LSU returns a lot on both offense and defense and will look to recover from what was a somewhat disappointing season in 2010. The problem, of course, is that the LSU program is in turmoil. Many players, including starting QB Jordan Jefferson, were arrested in conjunction with a Baton Rouge fight. Jefferson won’t start on Monday and that could prove problematic for the Tigers. Though Oregon is not known for its defense, the Ducks have enough defense to present a challenge.

The Ducks are always good out of the gate, while LSU routinely struggles early in the season. Last year, the Tigers almost lost on opening weekend to a UNC team that played without most of its defense. The Ducks, meanwhile, have proven themselves able to pile up points in September. This is the kind of game where they might run away from LSU if the Tigers aren’t careful.

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