PREVIEW: Inside the LSU-Kentucky Matchups

Tiger Rag takes an inside look at the key matchups of Saturday's clash between LSU and Kentucky in Tiger Stadium.

LSU rushing offense vs. Kentucky rushing defense:

LSU's rushing offense ranks as a very average 60th in Division I football. The Tigers average 135 yards per game on the ground and have turned to a fullback to start at tailback. Jacob Hester got the start versus Florida and had some nice, hard runs versus the Gators' top notch run defense. Things get a bit easier this week as LSU faces a Kentucky rushing defense thanks ranks on the opposite end of the spectrum from Florida. The Wildcats are rated 112th in the nation against the run, allowing 199 yards per game.

Advantage: LSU


LSU passing offense vs. Kentucky passing defense:

You'll probably start to see a trend developing here. Kentucky's defense isn't all that great. If you thought being ranked 112th against the run was bad, it doesn't get any better with the pass. Kentucky gives up 249 passing yards each contest, which ranks 104th in college football. JaMarcus Russell should get healthy this week and don't be surprised if you see some of Matt Flynn before halftime.

Advantage: LSU


Kentucky rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense:

Rafael Little is one fo the top running backs in the SEC, but he will be running up against a stone wall with this LSU defense. As a group, Kentucky runners only average 106 yards rushing per games, that is 82nd. The Tigers are allowing just 73 yards per contest, 12th nationally, and don't anticipate changing anything up that would enhance Kentucky's chances.

Advantage: LSU


Kentucky passing offense vs. LSU passing defense:

The Wildcats would love to be more two-dimensional on offense, but the running game is just that bad. But quarterback Andre Woodson can do a lot of things for the Wildcats offensively and coach Rich Brooks will need his big quarterback to come up big against the Tigers. The Wildcats are putting up 257 yards per game through air, which ranks 22nd nationally. But on the flip side, LSU is fourth against the pass, allowing a stingy 135 yards per game.

Advantage: LSU


LSU special teams vs. Kentucky special teams:

All that can be said for LSU is that the special teams had better be more improved this week. Special teams cost the Tigers the game at Florida in every possible facet and the future of this season hinges on whether or not the coaching staff gets the kinks worked out. We'll call it even.

Advantage: Even

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