LSU @ West Virginia (Saturday, 8:00 p.m., ABC)
Spread: West Virginia (+5.5)
ESPN's College Gameday heads to Morgantown for the first time ever, and you better believe that the crowd—along with the players—will be more than hyped. And that’s exactly where the experience and the SEC swagger come into play. LSU sees hostile crowds every season playing in the Southeastern conference, and they have plenty of experience on both sides of the ball to overcome crowd noise. West Virginia has looked sharp this year with their passing offense through Geno Smith, but their rushing offense has been less than spectacular. If LSU can turn this game into a passing affair for West Virginia, this will be over at halftime.
Expect John Chavis, defensive coordinator of LSU, to have some exotic blitzes cooked up for this game, especially if LSU can take the lead early. Maybe the best way to compare West Virginia is to Oregon’s spread offense: both teams like to attack the perimeter and get on the outside, which is tough to do against the LSU team.
The first half will be close, but the ground and pound from the LSU offense will end up covering and they will continue their quest for the National Championship.