LSU

LSU Tigers

RECORD: 4-2

CONFERENCE RECORD: 2-1

NEXT OPPONENT: Bye week, followed by Alabama at Home

GAME INFORMATION

LOCATION: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

BETTING LINE: LSU -6

OVER/UNDER: 60.5

Ole Miss

Ole Miss Rebels

RECORD: 3-3

CONFERENCE RECORD: 1-2

NEXT OPPONENT: Home vs Auburn

LSU PLAYERS TO WATCH

Running back Leonard Fournette makes his return to the field this week. After suffering an ankle injury against Auburn, Fournette is ready to go after taking 3 weeks off. We can expect Fournette to run with emotion and be fired up come game time. On the season Fournette has rushed for 386 yards, averaging 5.8 yards a carry and 2 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, look for Arden Key to cause some trouble in a pass heavy Ole Miss offense. Key currently leads the SEC in sacks with 7, and is also ranked 5th nationally.

OLE MISS PLAYERS TO WATCH

The key to success in this game doesn’t rely on one single player for the Rebels, but instead the entire defense. Ole Miss will have to contain a stable of running backs, as well as an improved passing game from LSU. Ole Miss ranks 98th nationally in run defense, allowing 212.8 yards a game. The passing defense of the rebels ranks 58th in the nation allowing 233.2 yards a game. Overall in total defense Ole Miss is ranked 111th. If this Ole Miss defense fails to stop the run game, they will be in for a long night.

LSU POSITION GROUP PREVIEW

OFFENSIVE LINE: The offensive line for the Tigers have seen many changes in previous weeks. Expect to see Andy Dodd get his second start at center, and first against an SEC team.

TIGHT ENDS: Of the 7 total passing touchdowns this season for the Tigers, 2 have been caught by tightends. Desean Smith has 4 catches for 121 yards this season.

RUNNING BACKS: Coach Orgeron hinted at using Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice in the same backfield this Saturday. Guice leads the nation, minimum 60 carries, with 9.1 yards per carry.

QUARTERBACKS: Danny Etling enters Saturdays contest connecting on 58.8% of passes. He has thrown 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Malachi Dupre and D.J. Chark lead the tigers in receiving with 236 and 224 yards respectively. Both players are averaging over 13 yards per catch, and both have 2 touchdowns.

DEFENSIVE LINE: LSU comes into the game with 18 sacks as a team, an average of 3 per game. Leading the charge is defensive end Arden Key, who leads the SEC in sacks with 7.

LINEBACKERS: Senior Linebacker Kendell Beckwith leads the team in tackles with 60. That is 15 tackles ahead of Jamal Adams who is 2nd on the team with 45.

COACHING: Ed Orgeron was head coach for the Ole Miss Rebels from 2005-2007. Expect his to coach with tons of emotion against his old team.

GAME PREVIEW ANALYSIS

When either offense is out on the field, you can be sure to get excited. This Ole Miss offense is likely to be the best LSU has faced so far this season. With LSU safety Rickey Jefferson out for the season with a broken leg, the LSU secondary is not operating at full capacity. Chad Kelley is a quarterback that will make your team pay for any weakness in pass coverage. Arden Key will likely cause havoc in the backfield of Ole Miss. The Ole Miss defense can not give up the big run this Saturday. Failing to stop the likes of Fournette and Guice will cause for a long night in Death Valley. This will be LSU’s first true test since firing Les Miles and a win here would be huge. For Ole Miss, they have all but eliminated themselves from championship hopes, but a loss on Saturday will be the nail in the coffin.

OLE MISS POSITION GROUP RATINGS

OFFENSIVE LINE: The offensive line from the Rebels are one of the best in the SEC. They have allowed Ole Miss to find huge success passing with great protection.

TIGHT ENDS: Evan Engram leads the SEC in receiving with 590 yards, averaging 15.9 yards a catch and a total of 5 touchdowns.

RUNNING BACKS: Akeem Judd leads the team in rushing yards with 343, he also is averaging an impressive 5.1 yards a carry.

QUARTERBACKS: Chad Kelly is second in the SEC in total passing yards with 1849. He has a completion percentage of 62.44% and has thrown 14 touchdowns.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Defensive end Marquis Haynes leads the team with 4 sacks on the year.

SECONDARY: Zedrick Woods has 2 interceptions on the year, 1 of which he returned for a touchdown. He also leads the team in tackles with a total of 39.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Gary Wunderlich is currently 8-9 on field goals with a long of 40. He has also connected 28-29 extra points.

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Author Details
Born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. I have been an LSU Tiger fan as long as I can remember. I am currently studying at McNeese State University majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Journalism. My two favorite sports teams are LSU and whoever is playing Alabama, you had to see that one coming. My two favorite sports to watch, however, are football and hockey. So grab a beer, read some articles, and have a good day.
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Born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. I have been an LSU Tiger fan as long as I can remember. I am currently studying at McNeese State University majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Journalism. My two favorite sports teams are LSU and whoever is playing Alabama, you had to see that one coming. My two favorite sports to watch, however, are football and hockey. So grab a beer, read some articles, and have a good day.

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