Clemson, LSU lose defensive stalwarts

In his final game as an LSU Tiger, DE Andre Anthony scored his first career TD on a 33-yard scoop and score.

Clemson and LSU have both lost key cogs on their defensive lines.

Clemson DT Tyler Davis is going to miss the next 7-8 weeks with a torn biceps tendon. As a true freshman in 2019, Davis garnered first-team All-ACC honors by producing 45 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

Davis was limited to seven games last year due to injuries. He recorded 13 tackles, five TFL’s and two sacks.

In Clemson’s first three games this season, Davis had seven tackles. The Tigers hope he can return by early-to-mid November. They host UConn on Nov. 13 and then finish up the regular season with a home game vs. Wake Forest and their battle against in-state rival South Carolina in Columbia.

Clemson (2-1 straight up, 0-3 against the spread) is off a 14-8 home win over Ga. Tech as a 28-point home favorite. The Tigers are 9.5 or 10-point road favorites Saturday at North Carolina St. They’ve only scored 17 points combined in a pair of games against FBS competition this year.

LSU’s injury news is even worse than Clemson’s. Senior DE Andre Anthony is out for the season with an injury.

Anthony was off to a great start, too. In only three games, he had eight tackles, four TFL’s, 3.5 sacks and a 33-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

In eight games last season, Anthony produced 24 tackles and a team-high 5.5 sacks.

The Tigers, who are 2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS, are off a 49-21 win over Central Michigan as 19.5-point home favorites. They’re listed as 2.5 or three-point road favorites Saturday at Mississippi St.

The Bulldogs are in bounce-back mode after dropping a 31-29 heartbreaker at Memphis for their first loss of the season. They won 44-34 at LSU in last year’s opener.

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