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Season 3 Kickoff Classic

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  1. Baron

    Baron "I'm PFP's reckoning."

    Jul 5, 2011

    The Third Season of the League of Champions begins with an old fashioned brew-ha-ha, as Ohio State travels to LSU for this week's opening, marquee matchup.

    The Buckeyes are coming off an impressive 13-1 season, where they lost the first game in a close contest against Georgia, but then rattled off 13 straight wins to close out the season Big Ten and National Champions. "We had a great season last year, but I think we have all the tools in place to make another run," said Head Coach Frank Baron. Key to any title run will be Junior signal caller, Braxton Miller. "Braxton's had some issues with turnovers, but he's delivered on the biggest stages." Miller threw for 2770 yards last season with 32 TDs and 30 INTs. But the Ohio State running game is just as important and they return All American running back, Jordan Hall. Hall rushed for over 1800 yards with 13 scores. On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes are led by another All-American, Free Safety Jamie Wood, back for his senior season after a stellar junior campaign. Wood combined for over 80 tackles last season with 6 INTs, and a score.

    But the LSU Tigers have a great safety of their own, in junior SS Eric Reid. Reid had 6 INTs last season and anchors a stout LSU defense that boasts another All-American in DT Mike Brockers. "He's a disruptive force, and our OL will have to make the transition running." The Tiger defense will need to play lights out, with some help from a rowdy Death Valley crowd, to slow down the potent Buckeyes attack in order to start the season off right and wipe away the memories of an 8-5 season last year.

    The Buckeyes defense will also have to play an outstanding game as they make the long awaited switch to Coach Baron's 3-4 defensive scheme. "They have a ridiculous amount of talent in the backfield. They have three running backs that would all start for any team in the country." But for the Tigers to have success against a stout Ohio State defense, they have to have better play from the quarterback position. LSU employed two signal callers, pocket passer Zach Mettenberger and the more elusive Jerrand Randall. Neither had much success last years as they combined for 26 TDs and 34 INTs.

    Look for OSU to stack the box to force the Tigers to go to the air in this one, as Season 3 Kickoff's with a bang.

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