After taking down Michigan in the Big House last year in one of the greatest upsets in sports history, the Appalachian State Mountaineers have their sights set on frying an even bigger fish next year.
The defending BCS Champion Louisiana State Tigers have announced that they will bring in Appalachian State for a game August 30th, which will be the opener to the 2008 college football season for the Tigers.
This match-up marks the first time the BCS Champion will play the FCS Champion from the previous year. But does Appalachian State really have a chance to beat the Tigers on the road?
Appalachian State does return a good deal of their skill talent from last year including lightning quick quarterback and superstar Armanti Edwards, but the main disadvantage they’ll be at is the fact that they won’t be able to sneak up on the Tigers like they did Michigan last year.
LSU is also a better team than that Michigan squad even with their losses to graduation and the NFL including quarterback Matt Flynn and superstar defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. But LSU will have some uncertainty going into the year as well that could play in Appalachian State’s favor.
Quarterback Ryan Perriloux was supposed to be the starter but he has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules and now LSU will be breaking in a new starter.
Appalachian State should be able to move the ball some on LSU’s defense because they’re so talented but in order to stay in the game they will have to jump out to a lead and make some stops on defense like they did against the Michigan Wolverines. They will also need some luck such as how they were able to block UM’s last-second game-winning kick.
LSU should be able to run the ball all day on a woefully small Appalachian State defensive line as Michigan did, so the Mountaineers’ ability to get the lead will be key. If they’re behind, LSU will run the clock out behind potential star running back Keiland Williams and their big offensive line. Williams sat the bench behind Jacob Hester last year at LSU but is faster and has a little more talent overall than Hester did and is waiting to break out.
In reality, this game will be a moral victory for ASU if they manage to stay within two touchdowns of the defending champs. But the Mountaineers will be preparing and practicing and lifting as hard they possibly can in anticipation of this game all summer so it’s a bit too premature to completely rule out the possibility of an upset.
One thing’s for sure: LSU had better come ready to play because the Mountaineers are bound to be pumped up for another chance to prove themselves.
The saying is quite popular that never underestimate the power of the underdog and this is where most of the popular players falter when they make this very mistake and allow a rookie to hog the limelight as he has got his 15 minutes of fame but it appears that LSU do have the upper hand as they surely would have planned out a strategy of their own. The football index offer code is the first step to begin your struggle as you can learn new tips and tricks in football.