what I've seen, LSU will lose the penalty battle handily.
Maybe, but don't count on it. There won't be any crooked SEC refs in this game. There may be crooked Big XII refs, but I have no reason to expect that, and even if they are, they can't possibly be as bad, and as biased against LSU, as the ones we see every week in the SEC.
SEC refs don't just call more penalties on us, but they also call fewer on our opponents. More than half our opponents had their lowest penalty total of the year in their game against us. All had lower than their averages. Going into our NINTH game of the season, NOT ONE SINGLE OFFENSIVE HOLDING PENALTY HAD BEEN ASSESSED AGAINST ANY OF OUR OPPONENTS. Think about that for a minute. In eight games, eight different teams, facing an at least above average pass rush, NEVER COMMITTED ONE SINGLE HOLDING PENALTY? That's impossible.
We may commit more penalties than our opponents do, but with fair officiating, or even anything remotely close to fair officiating, the penalty differential is almost certain to be less than SEC refs regularly deal us.