Pre-game notes: LSU takes aim at some history

Tigers could climb to 11-0 for 1st time during the regular season and just the 2nd time in program history.

OXFORD, Miss. – A special place in college football history awaits LSU at the end of this season if it can take care of business.

The Tigers can carve out an important step along the way if they prevail against Ole Miss on Saturday.

Should LSU knock off the Rebels, it would mark the first time they have gone to 11-0 during the regular season in school history. The Tigers were 11-0 in 1958, winning the last game in the Sugar Bowl.

LSU was 11-1 in 2003 and has won 11 games six times in all, four times under coach Les Miles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010).

The Tigers are also looking to go 7-0 in SEC play for the first time. Winning at Alabama two weeks ago lifted LSU to 6-0 in the league for the first time since 1961. The Tigers have won seven SEC battles only twice: 2003 and 2005.

Pick your poison
It's no secret that LSU is deep in the offensive backfield, with three primary backs capable of doing damage.

With Alfred Blue coming off a 119-yard rushing day, he has moved into range of joining Spencer Ware and Michael Ford with 500 rushing yards or more this season.

That would be a unique situation for LSU. The last time three Tigers ran for 500 or more yards was 197 when Kevin Faulk finished with 1,144, Rondell Mealey had 664 and Cecil Collins wound up with 596.

History against them
Ole Miss has played a No. 1 team seven times and has yet to win.

That said, Rebels coach Houston Nutt has some success against No. 1. He guided Arkansas to the 50-48 triumph over the top-ranked Tigers in 2007, nearly costing LSU a chance for a chance at the national championship.

This is also the fourth ranked team Ole Miss is facing this season and the Rebels are 0-3 so far, losing to No. 2 Alabama (52-7), No. 9 Arkansas (29-24) and No. 23 Auburn (41-23). Ole Miss has dropped its last eight games to ranked foes, going 0-5 last season.

Series stuff
The Tigers are 56-39-4 against Ole Miss all-time, 8-6-1 in games played in Oxford. The teams met several times in Jackson. Miles is 4-2 vs. the Rebels as LSU's coach and 5-3 overall.

Last year's 43-36 triumph snapped a two-game Ole Miss winning streak against LSU. The Rebels' 36 points marked the most by a foe when the Tigers won the game since 2001 when they outlasted Arkansas 41-38.

Crunchin' the numbers
  • Ole Miss's SEC statistical rankings: Scoring offense 11th (18.7 points per game), scoring defense 12th (30.2 ppg), rushing offense 10th (131.5 yards per game), rushing defense 12th (209.9 ypg), passing offense 10th (166.3 ypg), passing defense 11th (215.8 ypg), total offense 11th (297.8 ypg), total defense 12th (425.7 ypg)

  • The Rebels have recorded the fewest sacks in the SEC (13 for -95 yards) and have given up the second most (28 for -216 yards).

  • Ole Miss is the league's most penalized team with 72 for 618 yards.

  • LSU's SEC statistical rankings: Scoring offense 2nd (36.5 ppg), scoring defense 2nd (10.7 ppg), rushing offense 2nd (195.1 ypg), rushing defense 2nd (83.8 ypg), passing offense 7th (173.9 ypg), passing defense 3rd (169.4 ypg), total offense 5th (369 ypg), total defense 2nd (253.2 ypg)

  • Despite being replaced in the second half against Alabama and playing only one series last week, LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee still ranks second in the SEC in pass efficiency (151.1) and is third in the league with 14 touchdown passes.

    Moving the chains
  • LSU enters the game with Ole Miss nationally ranked for a 10th straight year.

  • The Tigers have surrendered only four first-half touchdowns all season – one each against Oregon, West Virginia, Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

  • In 40 quarters this season, LSU has trailed at the end of only two: 6-3 after the first against Oregon in the season opener and 6-3 to Alabama after three quarters on Nov. 5.

  • Jordan Jefferson and Lee rank first and second among active SEC quarterbacks in wins – Jefferson with 21 and Lee with 14. They are also the only active league QBs with 30 or more touchdown passes. Lee has 32 and Jefferson 31.

  • With only six turnovers all season, LSU is tied for national low in that category with Wisconsin. That has helped the Tigers lead the SEC in turnover margin at +15, which ranks third nationally.

  • Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose had made 17 consecutive field goals before missing against Louisiana Tech last week. Hi streak was a school record and fell one short of tying the school record.

  • The Rebels come into the game ranked first nationally in punt returns with 22.6 yards per attempt.

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