Odds and Ends

Saturday's game between LSU and Appalachian State is the first time that the defending champion from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) will meet the defending champion from the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) in the season-opener the following year. Here are some more notes on both programs heading into the matchup.

*** LSU will face a top-ranked team for the second straight time when No. 1-ranked Appalachian State rolls into town. Last year, the Tigers closed their season with a 38-24 win over No. 1-ranked Ohio State in the BCS title game.

 

*** Saturday's game against Appalachian State marks the fifth time that LSU will face a team from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). LSU is 4-0 all-time against FCS teams, which includes a 58-0 win over Western Carolina to open the

2000 season; a 35-10 win over The Citadel on Sept. 7, 2002; a 35-7 victory over Western Illinois, on Sept. 13, 2003; and a 24-0 win over Appalachian State on Nov. 5, 2005.

 

*** This marks the fifth straight year that the Tigers enter week 1 of the regular season ranked in the top 10. LSU has been ranked in the preseason top 10 since the 2004 season.

 

*** For the third time in school history, LSU will open a football season on Aug. 30 when the Tigers face Appalachian State on Saturday. The other two years in which the Tigers opened a season on Aug. 30 came in 2003 and 2007, both years that

LSU went on to win the BCS National Championship.

 

*** LSU goes into the Appalachian State game having won 29 of its last 31 games in Tiger Stadium. LSU stretched its home winning streak to a school-record 19 games last year before Arkansas, posted a 50-48 triple-overtime win over the Tigers

in the home finale in 2007.

 

*** LSU coach Les Miles is 14-0 in non-conference games with the Tigers and in those 14 contests, only four teams – Arizona State, Notre Dame, Louisiana Tech, and Ohio State - have reached double-figures in points against LSU. In five non-conference games in 2007, LSU outscored its opponents 222 to 50 in going 5-0 against Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and Ohio State.

Home Sweet

 

*** Since the start of the 2003 season, LSU has won 56 games, which ranks as the second-highest total nationally during that span. Southern Cal is first with 59 wins, followed by LSU and Boise State with 56 each.

 

*** Appalachian and LSU have combined to win five of the last 10 Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision — formerly Division I-AA) and FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision — formerly Division I-A) national championships (ASU in 2005, ‘06 and ‘07; LSU in ‘03 and ‘07).

 

*** In last year’s opener, Appalachian became the first Division I FCS team to ever defeat a nationally ranked Division I FBS opponent when it shocked AP No. 5 Michigan, 34-32.

 

*** Since the inception of Division I subdivisions in 1978, Appalachian is 7-35-1 versus FBS/I-A opponents.

 

*** Saturday’s meeting is the second all-time between ASU and LSU. In 2005, Appalachian trailed just 14-0 going into the fourth quarter despite dropping a touchdown pass and having a field goal carom off an upright on separate drives in the third quarter. ASU went on to fall, 24-0, marking the last time that the Mountaineers were shut out.

 

*** One of ASU head coach Jerry Moore’s most prolific wins as a player came in 1960, when his Baylor Bears defeated LSU — which was just a season removed from its 1958 national title — 7-3 at Tiger Stadium. Moore was a senior wide receiver and team captain for the BU squad that went on to finish 8-3 and ranked No. 11 nationally.

 

*** ASU strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman spent three years as a member of LSU’s strength and conditioning staff from 2003-06. In addition to his work with LSU’s 2003 BCS championship football squad, he also oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for LSU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams that both reached the Final Four in 2006.

 

*** For the third-straight year, Appalachian enters the season as the nation’s top-ranked FCS team according to both The Sports Network media poll and the American Football Coaches Association coaches’ poll.

 

*** Appalachian head coach Jerry Moore needs just six more victories to reach 200 for his head coaching career.


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