THIS WEEK'S GAME: Troy State at LSU, Oct. 23 -- As long as LSU takes this game seriously it should give the Tigers a chance to prepare for the stretch run and a strong finish.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QBs Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell -- Russell started his first game last week at Florida and threw two quick interceptions before suffering an ankle injury that opened the door for Randall to come in and lead the Tigers to a last-minute victory. Randall earned the SEC offensive player of the week award after connecting on 18 of 27 passes for 198 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner with 27 seconds left in the game.
MLB Lionel Turner -- The senior leader of LSU's front seven ranks sixth in the SEC with 45 tackles to go with two sacks.
Randall outplayed Russell in the Florida game, but coach Nick Saban isn't saying what he plans to do with the starting QB job this week. Randall would seem like the logical starter, but he's also shown a tendency to play better coming off the bench. "He sees what the other team's doing," Saban said, "and it kind of confirms in his mind, 'This is what we practiced against. They're playing 2-trap on third down, and they're playing 1 and 3 on first down.' You know what I'm saying? Then he doesn't worry about it." ... The open date gave WR Skyler Green (ankle), DE Marcus Spears (pulled muscle), CB Travis Daniels (hamstring), FS LaRon Landry (hip flexor) and CB Corey Webster (knee) a chance to rest and heal. Senior reserve LB Dorsett Buckels, however, suffered a torn ACL on the opening kickoff at Florida and he will miss the rest of the season. ... Saban said junior LB E.J. Kuale is expected to play against Troy. He was suspended for the Florida game after his involvement in an off-campus fight.
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