A national look at BYU vs. LSU; Taysom Hill makes final preseason impression

BYU has one of its biggest games of the college football season in Week 1 against SEC powerhouse, and plenty of national writers broke down the matchup.

One of the most prominent is Barton Simmons of CBS Sports who looked at the storylines for each team before giving his game prediction.

After talking about the Cougars’ win over Portland State, he talked about Tanner Mangum, saying, “Quarterback Tanner Mangum mustered only 194 yards passing on 16-of-27 attempts last weekend. Though that showing was underwhelming, Mangum is not to be underestimated.”

Simmons then shifted his attention to what the Cougars bring to the table on the defensive side of the ball before giving his predictions on the game, saying, “expect an LSU win but as long as they take care of the football, the Cougars will keep this one interesting.”

Five other CBS Sports writers also gave their predictions with each one picking LSU to come away with the win.

Lindy’s Sports looked at some players to watch in the matchup, including Tanner Mangum, Jonah Trinnaman, Sione Takitaki and Fred Warner.

Speaking of Warner’s play against Portland State, they write, “Fred Warner picked up where he left off in 2016 when he finished the year as BYU’s leading tackler. He was credited with 10 tackles against Portland State.”

Some of the players to watch for the Tigers are wide receiver Russell Gage and nose tackle Greg Gilmore.

Continue reading at DeseretNews.com.

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