Rounding out the series of previews are the respective teams’ defensive backfields. At first glance, LSU’s is young. The group includes one senior, two sophomores, and one freshman.
The match-up really isn’t a tough one as Iowa doesn’t often feature long pass plays. When they do pass, you usually see intermediate routes ran.
Mills might be the most talented of the bunch. The 6′ sophomore totaled 61 tackles this year while capturing 3 sacks and 3 interceptions. While he is very talented, I feel like Mills is a guy that will start to cheat passing routes if the Hawkeyes don’t try a big hitter. That’s when Iowa could potentially burn them.
On the other side is 5’10″ freshman Tre’Davious White. Another young defensive back, however very talented as well. White is another guy that could get beat deep if he starts to cheat. He has 52 tackles on the year and 1 interception.
LSU’s corners aren’t that big at all, but then when you move to the safety position, they’ve got some big boys. Both Loston and Thompson are 6’2″ and weigh over 200 pounds. They’ve combined for 92 total tackles and 2 picks. They also haven’t played the entire year. Thompson has played in just 10 of the 12, while Loston has taken the field in just 9.
This group hasn’t had a lot of slip ups throughout the year. The only notable ones are the games that LSU has lost. They gave up four touchdown passes to Aaron Murray and the Georgia Bulldogs, Bo Wallace of Ole Miss threw for 346 yards in their game and while he didn’t amass a lot of yardage, AJ McCarron threw for 3 touchdowns passes in their game as well.
I don’t see them having too hard of a time with Iowa’s receivers, but if one of them finds themselves on a tight end it could spell trouble. Iowa does a good job of creating mis-matches for it’s tight ends who are very talented.
Iowa could strike for a big play or two if the DB’s are up in the box for LSU, but one-one-one LSU has the advantage in this aspect of the game.