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CFB Story
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: September 24, 2015 03:30:41 PM


CFB Preview: LSU at Syracuse

KICKOFF: Saturday, noon ET
GAMEDATE: 9/26/15
SITE: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
TV: ESPN
SERIES: LSU and Syracuse have split two meetings, both in bowls. LSU won the Sugar Bowl 13-10 on Jan. 1, 1965, and Syracuse won the Hall of Fame Bowl 23-10 on Jan. 2, 1989.
RANKINGS: LSU 8th

KEYS TO THE GAME
After just two games, LSU is looking like the kind of team coach Les Miles wants it to be.
The Tigers have beaten two SEC rivals -- Mississippi State and Auburn -- and they have done it with improvement in the two areas that are the biggest trademarks of Miles' best teams -- a power running game and a stifling defense.
Sophomore Leonard Fournette showed why he is one of the top running backs in the country, trampling the Auburn defense for 228 yards and three touchdowns with highlight run after highlight run.
But he wasn't a one-man show. The Tigers finished with 411 rushing yards and an eye-popping 8.6 yards per rush behind outstanding play from the offensive line.
"I felt like our offensive line played dominant," Miles said. "We didn't have a lost yard in the day. I don't know that I've been around one of those. I'm really proud of offensively how they played -- very physical wide receivers blocked, tight ends were very strong, fullbacks made their plays, backs made their cuts."
The LSU defense also did its part, allowing just 260 yards and recording five sacks. That looks to be a major concern for Syracuse, which has critical issues at quarterback.
The Orange's Terrel Hunt was lost for the season in the opening week with a torn Achilles'. Freshman Eric Dungey took over and impressed for two games, but then was knocked out against Central Michigan.
With sophomore A.J. Long unavailable as he works his way back from a broken hand, coach Scott Shafer could be down to redshirt sophomore Austin Wilson and walk-on Zack Mahoney against the Tigers.
Dungey enters the weekend listed as the starter, but it's unlikely that he will be cleared to play in time for the game. Mahoney says he is ready to step in.
"Coach prepares us every week," Mahoney said. "If your number is called you have to be able to play."

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tigers
--QB Brandon Harris hasn't been dominant, but then he hasn't had to do much in the passing game because of LSU's success rushing the football. Harris is 21-of-31 passing for 597 yards in two games but the number coach Les Miles really likes is the zero in the interceptions column.
--RB Leonard Fournette dominated against Auburn, rushing for 228 yards in LSU's 45-21 romp. After rushing for 1,034 yards as a freshman last year, he is well on his way to a second consecutive 1,000-yard season with 387 yards in the two games.
--LB Lamar Louis will see extended playing time, at least in the first half because starter Deion Jones will be suspended for that long because of a targeting penalty he committed against Auburn. Louis has five tackles on the season.

Orange
--WR Brisly Estime is always a threat to take the ball to the house. He is averaging over 32 yards a catch on his four receptions.
--DE Ron Thompson has been a force all season and dominated the point of attack against Central Michigan. He was credited with two sacks, two hurries and two forced fumbles in Syracuse's 30-27 overtime win.
--DE Luke Arciniega had a pair of sacks against Central Michigan to give him four for the season, but his big role this weekend will be run support. He has five tackles-for-loss among his eight stops


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