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Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2005 2:27 am | Updated: 7:51 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Louisiana State at Arizona State

When: 6:15 p.m. today

Where: Sun Devil Stadium

TV/Announcers: ESPN/Sean McDonough, Mike Gottfried, Dave Ryan

Radio: KTAR (620 AM); ESPN (860 AM)

Records: ASU 1-0; LSU 0-0

Rankings: ASU No. 15 Associated Press/No. 15 USA Today (coaches); LSU No. 5/No. 5

Series: First meeting

Line: ASU -1

Tickets: Available at the Sun Devil Stadium ticket office, by calling (480) 965-

2381 or (888) 786-3857 or online at


1. Don’t fold in the trenches: LSU’s offensive and defensive lines are both rated among the top five in the nation, and if both units push ASU around, it will be a long day for the Sun Devils.

2. Catch them by surprise: A big benefit of playing a cream puff last week is that ASU did not have to use its entire playbook — especially on defense, where coordinator Bill Miller has installed a new scheme. It is possible that the Sun Devils can unleash a thing or two that the Tigers have not seen on film and get a big score or turnover.

3. Hang in there: In looking back at their games against national powers USC and California last year, Sun Devil players acknowledged that they got a little flustered after the Trojans and Bears struck for quick, early scores. If LSU builds a first-quarter lead, we’ll find out if ASU is mentally tougher in 2005 than it was a season ago.


It is highly unlikely against LSU that the Sun Devils will average 6.8 yards a rush, as they did last week. Expect more balance, and quarterback Sam Keller will need to be sharper than he was against Temple, when he threw two interceptions and looked like a guy in his second career start. Freshman tailback Keegan Herring will probably be involved early, as ASU needs his speed against an athletic Tigers defense.

Key matchup: ASU C Grayling Love vs. LSU DT Claude Wroten

Love will collide often with Wroten, who weighs 290 pounds, is rated among the 10 best defensive tackles in the nation and provides quickness as well as brute force. Just as important, Love must execute his role as the offensive line’s quarterback, not missing a read or check.


The Tigers might have the most talented offensive unit in the nation, but mysteries abound. Who will be the starting quarterback — JaMarcus Russell, Matt Flynn or Ryan Perrilloux? Coach Les Miles will likely not reveal his starter until he runs on the field for the Tigers’ first series. ASU has been preparing as if Russell will start. The playbook will probably have influence from Miles’ at Oklahoma State but be primarily that of Jimbo Fisher, the offensive coordinator and a holdover from Nick Saban’s staff.

Key matchup: LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher vs. ASU defensive coordinator Bill Miller

Miller might have the most important football job at Sun Devil Stadium today. As linebackers coach at Florida the last two seasons, he got to know the LSU offense in detail.


Arizona State

OUT: - RB Randy Hill (ankle)

DOUBTFUL: - DE Kyle Caldwell (quadriceps); RB Cornell Canidate (hamstring); RB Shaun DeWitty (knee); CB R.J. Oliver (quadriceps)

PROBABLE: o CB Littrele Jones (hamstring); DT Brett Palmer (elbow)

Louisiana State

OUT: RB Alley Broussard (knee); LB E.J. Kuale (ankle)


A chance for ASU to make a national statement and a claim for Bowl Championship Series consideration, a chance for LSU to rebound from the turmoil caused by Hurricane Katrina and finally kick off the year with a win against a top-15 opponent, and a chance for 70,000 spectators to help raise desperately-needed disaster-relief money for the Gulf Coast. Other than that, not much.


The cupboard left behind by Nick Saban was stocked, as LSU likely has more talent than its 2003 national championship team. How the Tigers respond to the logistical and emotional nightmare caused by Hurricane Katrina remains to be seen, but if they win today, the table is set for an unbeaten regular season. LSU’s toughest remaining games — Tennessee, Florida and Auburn — are all at home.




WR — 80 Derek Hagan

LT — 62 Brandon Rodd

LG — 66 Stephen Berg

C — 71 Grayling Love

RG — 78 Zach Krula

RT — 52 Andrew Carnahan

TE — 86 Zach Miller

HB — 83 Lee Burghgraef

WR — 17 Terry Richardson

QB — 9 Sam Keller

TB — 3 Rudy Burgess


DE — 45 Mike Talbot

DT — 1 Jordan Hill

DT — 99 Quency Darley

DE — 91 Will Kofe

SLB — 4 Jamar Williams

MLB — 44 Dale Robinson

WLB — 29 Robert James

CB — 8 Keno Walter-White

S — 2 Maurice London

S — 5 Zach Catanese

CB — 23 Josh Golden

ASU offense ranks sixth in nation (seventh rush, 33rd pass)

ASU defense ranks 18th in nation (17th rush, 22nd pass)


Sept. 1 ASU 63, Temple 16

Today LSU, 6:15 p.m.

Sept. 17 Northwestern, 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Oregon State, 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 USC, TBA

Oct. 8 Oregon, TBA

Oct. 22 at Stanford, 3 p.m.

Oct. 29 Washington, 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 5 at Washington State, TBA

Nov. 12 at UCLA, 5 p.m.

Nov. 25 Arizona, 1 p.m.




WR — 3 Craig Davis

LT — 76 Andrew Whitworth

LG — 74 Brett Helms

C — 64 Rudy Niswanger

RG — 71 Nate Livings

RT — 75 Brian Johnson

TE — 82 David Jones

WR — 80 Dwayne Bowe

QB — 4 JaMarcus Russell

RB — 10 Joseph Addai

FB — 44 Kevin Steltz


LE — 90 Melvin Oliver

LT — 98 Claude Wroten

RT — 95 Kyle Williams

RE — 94 Chase Pittman

SLB — 56 Kenneth Hollis

MLB — 46 Cameron Vaughn

WLB — 33 Jason Spadoni

LCB — 8 Ronnie Prude

FS — 30 LaRon Landry

SS — 31 Jessie Daniels

RCB — 21 Chevis Jackson

LSU offense ranked 38th in nation (20th rush, 72nd pass)

LSU defense ranked third in nation (seventh rush, 10th pass)


Today at ASU, 6:15 p.m.

Sept. 24 Tennessee, TBA

Oct. 1 at Mississippi State, TBA

Oct. 8 at Vanderbilt, TBA

Oct. 15 Florida, TBA

Oct. 22 Auburn, TBA

Oct. 29 North Texas, TBA

Nov. 5 Appalachian State, 6 p.m.

Nov. 12 at Alabama, TBA

Nov. 19 at Mississippi, TBA

Nov. 25 Arkansas, 11:30 a.m.

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