LSU beat writer talks Tigers quarterbacks, clash with Wisconsin
Apr 5, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles during the 2014 spring game at Tiger Stadium. Photo: Image by Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Kleinpeter covers LSU football for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and is currently in Houston for the Tigers' game against Wisconsin on Saturday night.
On Friday, it was announced sophomore Anthony Jennings would start at quarterback for the Tigers. He won the job over true freshman Brandon Harris. Kleinpeter said at this point in time it's the right move for head coach Les Miles.
"That's who you want to go with. That's the best they got when it comes to poise, experience," Kleinpeter told Sports Central. "(Harris) is the better quarterback, but the first game of the season with a foe like Wisconsin you want to guy that's not going to panic."
While the Tigers' offense lost many of its skill position stars from last season (notably quarterback Zach Mettenberger, running back Jeremy Hill and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.) the defense returns the majority of its starters.
Kleinpeter told Sports Central that Gordon "is going to get some yards" on Saturday night against LSU. He did note he doesn't expect the game to be a shootout or a defensive battle, instead somewhere in the middle.
The SEC has dominated college football recently. Before Florida State won the 2013 BCS National Championship, SEC schools took home the title every year since Texas in 2005.
Kleinpeter noted the two losses Ohio State suffered in the 2006 and 2007 BCS title games, and said there is a certain feeling down south about the Big Ten.
"The two losses by Ohio State in '06 and '07, the fans like to brag like they can't get it done against the SEC. The SEC has had a pretty good run, but I think they respect a team like Wisconsin," Kleinpeter said. "LSU fans, they're a little bit wary about this game."