Neither Georgia nor LSU is taking a top-secret approach to their game Saturday at Baton Rouge, La.
Sixth-ranked LSU expects No. 12 Georgia to attack down the middle, something Bulldogs coach Jim Donnan concedes is his primary goal. Tigers coach Gerry DiNardo figures it's the right thing to do, and that his defense better be ready."If we go out there and we've got guys running down the middle of the field again, we're not the sixth-ranked team in the country," DiNardo said. "You can't play like that and consider yourself a top-10 team."
He has seen his defense decimated by both passes and runs.
Auburn's Ben Leard threw for 221 yards in one half, and tiny Idaho got 410 total yards. The Tigers - seventh in total defense in the Southeastern Conference - were particularly vulnerable to runs up the middle by Idaho quarterback John Welsh.
LSU linebacker Joe Wesley is expecting Georgia to try to emulate Auburn and Idaho.
"If I was an opponent looking at our film, that's what I'd do," he said.
Possibly because of the problems the Tigers have had with Lou Tepper's newly installed defense, Donnan said he would give freshman quarterback Quincy Carter considerable latitude.
"We've limited him in what he can check off to, but he certainly has the ability," Donnan said. "We're going to turn him loose, especially to redirect the run."
In Georgia's first three games, Carter passed for 639 yards and four touchdowns while throwing one interception.
"I'd like to go down there and make some big noise and quiet the crowd a little," he said.
After scoring 56 points against Kent in the season opener, the Bulldogs have slowed dramatically. They scored only 17 points against South Carolina and 16 against Wyoming.
But the Bulldogs, like the Tigers 1-0 in the SEC and 3-0 overall, are allowing only five points per game. That makes playing well defensively even more important to LSU.
In other games involving top-10 teams, it will be No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Penn State, No. 2 Nebraska at Oklahoma State, No. 3 Tennessee at Auburn, No. 4 UCLA vs. Washington State, No. 8 Florida at Alabama, No. 9 Florida State at Maryland, and No. 10 Virginia vs. San Jose State.
Also, it will be No. 13 Wisconsin at Indiana, No. 14 Arizona at No. 20 Washington, No. 15 Colorado at Oklahoma, No. 16 West Virginia at Navy, No. 18 Texas A&M at Kansas, No. 21 Southern California vs. Arizona State, No. 22 Arkansas vs. Kentucky, co-No. 23 Missouri vs. Northwestern State, co-No. 23 Notre Dame vs. Stanford, and No. 25 Michigan at Iowa.
Curtis Enis is in the NFL, but Penn State hasn't changed much since last season, when he ran for 211 yards as the Nittany Lions beat Ohio State 27-17.
"The Big Ten is a physical conference," linebacker Jerry Rudzinski said. "You take pride in playing in the conference and stopping smash-mouth football, and we did not stop it that day."
Penn State's runners average 219 yards per game behind an offensive line whose smallest player is 6-foot-7, 295-pound Ryan Fagan.
"They have one of the biggest lines in college football," Buckeyes coach John Cooper said. "So you know they are going to be physical and you know they can run the ball."
Ohio State, like Penn State 3-0 and beginning conference play, has beaten three opponents by an average of 39-10.