Towson senior defensive back Jordan Dangerfield said the mood in practice this week has been no different than it was before last week's homecoming game against St. Francis, except a lot louder from the music being piped in to simulate the setting in a place called "Death Valley."
"We put on our pads the same way, we bleed the same color blood," Dangerfield said. "We're going down to represent Towson, to represent the conference. Most people think we're going to get blown out. We're going down there to shock the world."
Some are already shocked — just to see Towson-LSU on the schedule.
Towson (2-1, 1-0 CAA) at LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Site: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
What's at stake: The biggest upset in college football history? Pipe dream aside, Towson will be entering one of the most intimidating venues to play one of the most dominant programs over the past few years. LSU is undefeated in their last 40 games against non-conference opponents, an NCAA record. They also have not lost at Tiger Stadium since the 2009-10 season. Towson, on the other hand, is looking for its first win against a FBS opponent, with an 0-6 all-time record. In a perfect world for Towson, LSU is caught looking past Towson to next week's marquee game against Florida. But after surviving with a 12-10 win over Auburn, look for the Louisiana Tigers to seek a blowout. The Baltimore Tigers can only hope to limit their mistakes and take some positives home from the Bayou.
Key matchup: If the Towson defense catches the LSU offense on a bad night, the Towson offense will need to put a few points on the board to keep it close. This will come down to how well the offensive line can slow down the relentless LSU defense. The Bayou defense ranks No. 4 in total defense and No. 3 in rushing defense (56.8 ypg), manned by likely future NFL defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery. If the line, which has given up nine sacks, cannot give Terrence West a little space or Grant Enders some time, Tiger Stadium is going to get a whole lot louder.
Player to watch: After an average game Saturday night against Auburn (15-27, 169 yards, no TDs) look for LSU QB Zach Mettenberger to come out trying to establish a groove to carry into the Florida game. If that's the case, senior Towson free safety Jordan Dangerfield will get plenty of opportunities to make some plays on national television. The 2011 All-American leads the team with 20 tackles and is looking for his first interception of the season.
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