The Tigers are coming off of 28-24
victory over the Tennessee Volunteers last week, and must win the remainder of
their games to have any chance at making it to the SEC Championship game in
The contest between LSU and
That number has gone the other way
in recent years, however, with LSU winning five of the last six, including the
16-13 overtime game at
Leading the Tide this season has
been sophomore quarterback J.P. Wilson, who has thrown for 1,996 yards this year
as the replacement for departed
On the other side of the passing
Following Hall in the receiving game has been Keith Brown with 37 catches for 513 yards and three scores, and Le'Ron McClain with 142 yards and three touchdowns. 10 other members of the Crimson Tide have also caught passes this year, as the team averages just over 205 receiving yards per game.
The ground portion of the
Senior fullback Tim Castille has seen the most touches when in scoring position, as the 234 pounder has scored five times on 35 carries on the year to tie Hall as the team's leading scorer, excluding kickers.
The offensive front for the Tide this season features true-freshman tackle Andre Smith, who was considered by many to be the top offensive line prospect in the country. Joining Smith in the trenches are Justin Britt and B.J. Stabler and the guards, Antoine Caldwell at center and Chris Capps at the other tackle position. Stabler, Caldwell and Capps were all regular starters last season, while Britt saw action in 10 games, starting three of them during the 2005 campaign.
Sophomore Travis McCall has gotten the nod at tight end this season after earning a start in the Cotton Bowl to conclude last season. Serving primarily as a blocker, McCall has grabbed five catches for 77 yards this year.
As a unit, the offensive line has given up 20 sacks through 10 games.
On defense, the
Gilberry leads the line in tackles
with 31, seven of those being for losses. He also leads the team with nine
quarterback hurries. Saunders has contributed with three tackles for a loss, one
pass deflection and one fumble recovery, while
Simpson, who the only linebacker to
start in every game so far this season, leads the team with 63 tackles, and has
one interception and two forced fumbles. Hall is third in tackles with 57 and is
tied for the team-lead in sacks with two of
The Crimson Tide secondary, which has allowed 169.4 passing yards per game this season, is led by three-year starter Ramzee Robinson at cornerback. Joining Robinson in the pass defense is Simeon Castille at the other cornerback spot and Jeffrey Dukes and Rashad Johnson at the safeties.
Castille leads the team with five interceptions, five broken up passes, and three fumble recoveries on the year, while DB Lionel Mitchell has pitched in with four interceptions and Dukes has added three picks along with 60 tackles through the first 10 games.
Mitchell, Dukes and Robinson have all returned interceptions for touchdowns this season.
On special teams, place kickers
Jamie Christensen and Leigh Tiffin have split time, and are the two leading
scorers on the team. Christensen has connected with 11 of his 13 field goal
attempts, and is 11-12 on extra points.
Red shirt freshman P.J. Fitzgerald has handled punting responsibilities for the Tide this year, averaging 38 yards per kick on 38 tries with 16 landing inside the 20 yard line.
Javier Arenas has been the return