LSU isn't looking past Appalachian State
BATON ROUGE, La. - Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards just may be the best quarterback in Tiger Stadium when the Mountaineers visit No. 7 LSU in a matchup of defending national champions from NCAA football's top two divisions.
The Tigers may have better players at every other spot on the field, however, and Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore understands that as well as anyone.
"We know we're huge underdogs. We're not that naive," Moore said. "Our players know that and they've prepared the best that they can prepare. We'll try to play hard and see what happens."
Moore is a realist, but that doesn't mean he's already chalked up today's contest as a loss. After all, his squad stunned Michigan in the Big House a year ago.
That victory gave Appalachian State a certain mystique that few other Football Championship Subdivision teams enjoy. Yet it also eliminated the possibility of the Mountaineers sneaking up on an ill-prepared major opponent again, never mind LSU - coach Les Miles is a former Michigan player and assistant.
"They play well year after year," Miles said of the Mountaineers, who have lost only four of their last 40 games.
In other games, No. 1 Georgia hosts Georgia Southern; No. 2 Ohio State hosts Youngstown State; No. 3 Southern Cal is at Virginia; No. 4 Oklahoma hosts Chattanooga; No. 5 Florida hosts Hawaii; No. 6 Missouri faces No. 20 Illinois at St. Louis; No. 8 West Virginia hosts Villanova; No. 9 Clemson hosts No. 24 Alabama; and No. 10 Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe.
LSU fans don't even know for certain who'll start behind center for the Tigers - and not because they've been distracted by threatening tropical weather that led LSU officials to move up kickoff from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Miles has declined to say publicly whether he'll entrust the offense to Harvard transfer Andrew Hatch, who's thrown only two passes in his LSU career, or redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee.