NOTES: Uniforms will 'represent LSU'

Tigers coach Les Miles insisted that the Nike Pro Combat alternative kept a traditional look

There will be no shock value, a la Maryland, nor will the LSU football team be hard to recognize Saturday when it takes the field against Auburn in Nike Pro-Combat uniforms.


But the Tigers will look different in their predominantly white togs, including a white helmet for the first time since LSU tangled with Tulane at the Superdome in 2007.


“Our uniform will represent LSU,” Tigers coach Les Miles said this week. “It will look very much like a uniform like an LSU football team would wear. It may be a little sleeker in design. I think the colors will be very historic in base.”


Miles said he had a say on what the special uniforms would look like before an agreement was reached.


As delicately as he could, Miles pointed out that tradition and, well, good taste took precedence over anything else.


“Some of the uniforms are a wonderfully artistic reflection that somebody else had,” he said. “I think our guys will enjoy this uniform. I think it’s exactly right kind of uniform for an LSU team to wear.


“I have a difficult time with a great historic uniform that has been changed such that you cannot recall the uniform or the team that it represents. I think that’s a step too far for me. I like to see LSU dressed like LSU is supposed to dress and other traditional collegiate football powers in a similar format.”


The Tigers players seemed to be looking forward to the new look.


“I think they’re going to look great,” Russell Shepard said. “We’re going to look a lot like we usually do, but a little sleeker.”


Added quarterback Jarrett Lee, “I think they look really good and I’m looking forward to getting into them.”


This marks the third time in Miles’ tenure that LSU has deviated from its normal uniform. The first was that Tulane game in 2007 when both teams wore uniforms as part of a tribute to recovery from Hurricane Katrina and in the 2009 regular-season finale against Arkansas.


Badge of honor

During last week’s LSU-Tennessee game, former Volunteers’ quarterback Peyton Manning spent some time in the CBS broadcast booth and was complimentary of Tigers QB Jarrett Lee.


Lee was thrilled to know Manning, the longtime Indianapolis Colts quarterback, had kind words.


“When a guy like Peyton Manning, who’s had a tremendous career and a successful career, says those positive things it’s definitely an honor,” Lee said.


Manning also praised Odell Beckham Jr., a fellow graduate of Newman High in New Orleans.


Surprising road

LSU takes aim at starting a season 8-0 for the first time since 1973 and only the third time in program history (1958 and 1973 were the others).


And it hasn’t been a tricky road, with all seven wins by double digits and five by 26 points or more.


Russell Shepard

Shepard said he didn’t realize how dominant the Tigers have been until he looked at the schedule following a 38-7 triumph over Tennessee.


“I was kind of surprised that we’ve beaten people like we’ve beaten people,” he said. “It kind of looks like a high school schedule.


“Tennessee was a great team and people don’t realize that. They’ve got a lot of great young talent and they really played us in the first half, they played physical football and kind of challenged us that first half. It’s kind of surprising that we can play so consistent on all three phases of the ball.”


LSU-Auburn series notes

--- LSU leads the series 24-20-1 and the teams are almost dead even since the SEC expanded in 1992 – Auburn has won 10 of 19 games.


--- The last five games in Baton Rouge have gone to LSU, which leads AU 14-5-1 in battles at Tiger Stadium.


--- The home team has won 10 of the last 11 games between LSU and Auburn.


Moving the chains

--- Auburn is the fifth ranked team LSU will face this season with at least two more on the slate – Alabama on Nov. 5 and Arkansas on Nov. 25. This season marks the fourth time in Miles’ seven seasons that his team will play at least seven ranked teams – 2005, 2007 and 2010 were the others. It’s likely LSU will wind up playing nine ranked foes.


--- On the other hand, Auburn is playing a top-10 ranked team on the road for the third time in October after splitting with South Carolina (16-13 win) and Arkansas (38-14). This is the first time AU has even run this kind of gauntlet on the road. The last time Auburn played three top-10 teams in the same season was 2007.


--- LSU has allowed 31 points in four SEC games, its fewest in that span since the 1985 team gave up only 27.


--- With only three turnovers this season and none in the last 48 possessions, LSU is tied with Wisconsin for the national low in giveaways.


--- Auburn has split its last four games when playing the No. 1 team in the country, the last win coming in 2001 against Florida. The last game against the top dog was in 2008 when Alabama thumped Auburn 36-0.


Crunchin’ the numbers

--- Auburn’s rankings in the SEC: Scoring offense 8th (26.3 points per game), scoring defense 10th (25.9 ppg), total offense 8th (360.9 yards per game), total defense 10th (404.4 ypg), rushing offense 3rd (197 ypg), rushing defense 9th (182.4 ypg), passing offense 9th (163.9 ypg), passing defense 12th (222 ypg)


--- LSU’s rankings in the SEC: Scoring offense 3rd (38.4 ppg), scoring defense 2nd (11.7 ppg), total offense 7th (369.1 ypg), total defense 2nd (251.9 ypg), rushing offense 4th (191.1 ypg), rushing defense 2nd (75.1 ypg), passing offense 7th (178 ypg), passing defense 5th (176.7 ypg)


--- AU’s kickoff return team is the second best in the league with 25.5 yards per return.


--- LSU and Auburn rank 2-3 in net punting, with only 0.2 yards separating them, although AU is giving up only 3.9 yards per return. AU punter Steven Clark has dropped a national-best 22 punts inside the 20-yard-line.


--- Despite allowing a sack last week, LSU has given up an SEC-low five.


--- Auburn is surrendering an SEC-worst 22 first downs a game, while LSU is allowing inly 14, which is second in the league.


--- AU has also struggled to get opposing offenses on the field, allowing an SEC-low 47.2% on third-down conversions.


Michael Dyer

--- Michael Dyer’s 107.4 yards per game rushing are third in the league, as are his eight rushing touchdowns.


--- Lee ranks second in the SEC in pass efficiency (155.1).


--- Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier tops the SEC with six sacks and yards lost on sacks with -38.

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