LSU/Auburn Pre-game Notes

LSU returns to action on Saturday when the No. 9-ranked Tigers host Auburn at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.

LSU and Auburn face each other for the 44th time with LSU holding a 23-19-1 lead in the series.


The teams have met every year since the SEC expansion in 1992 with Auburn holding a 9-8 advantage in those games.


LSU brings a 5-1 overall mark and a 3-1 league record into the contest. LSU is ranked No. 9 in the first BCS Standings, which was released on Sunday. The Tigers dropped a 13-3 decision to No. 1 ranked Florida in its last contest.

Gameweek Links:
  • Family Matters
  • TSD TV: Brandon Taylor
  • Q&A: Auburn Style
  • Battle Between the Tigers
  • TSD TV: Richard Dickson
  • Jefferson's Still the Man
  • TSD Chat
  • TSD TV: Terrance Toliver
  • Preparing for Malzahn
  • TSD TV: Pat Peterson
  • TSD TV: Jordan Jefferson
  • Turning Towards Auburn
  • Auburn, which won its first five games, is 5-2 overall and 2-2 in conference action. Auburn is coming off a 21-14 setback to Kentucky last week.


    LSU has won two straight and three of the last four against Auburn, including a 26-21 road victory a year ago.


    Prior to last year, and dating back to 2000, the home team in the series had won every game between the teams.


    LSU leads the series 13-5-1 in games played in Baton Rouge.


    LSU coach Les Miles is 3-1 vs. Auburn.


    LSU has won two straight in the series for the first time since 1995-96.


    The winner of the LSU-Auburn game has gone on to win the SEC Western Division in six of the last nine years – exceptions came in 2002, 2006, and 2008.


    Since Auburn's 10-9 win over LSU in 2004, a total of 19 points have been the difference in winning or losing between these teams.


    LSU hasn't lost back-to-back home games since the 2001 season when the Tigers lost to Florida and Ole Miss. LSU hasn't lost consecutive night games in Tiger Stadium since 1999. 


    LSU averages 23 points a game which puts the offense 91st in the country. The Tigers average 171.2 yards a game passing, good for a No. 105 national ranking. The run game averages 123.8 yards a game and total offense is 295 yards a game which ranks No. 89 and No. 112 in the country, respectively.


    LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson is fifth in the SEC in pass efficiency, having completed 91-of-145 passes for 1,016 yards, seven touchdowns and only three interceptions.


    LSU's Brandon LaFell and Terrance Toliver form the SEC's top receiving tandem as the duo has combined for 52 receptions for 686 yards and seven TDs.


    LaFell's third in the SEC in receptions per game (4.5) as he's caught 27 passes for 326 yards and five scores. Toliver is fifth in the SEC with 4.2 catches per game (25 for 356 yards, 2 TDs).


    LaFell goes into the Auburn game ranked No. 8 in school history in career receptions (145) and he's No. 7 in receiving yards (2,141). Wendell Davis holds the school record for career receptions with 183, while Josh Reed is the record holder in receiving yards with 3,001.


    Charles Scott leads LSU's rushing game with 327 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Scott goes into the Auburn game with 2,102 yards, which ranks just outside of LSU's top 10 list.


    Last year, Scott was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his 132-yard effort in the 26-21 win over Auburn. He became the first LSU running back to break the 100-yard mark in a game at Auburn.


    Starting left tackle Ciron Black goes into the Auburn game having started 46 straight games, all coming at left tackle.


    LSU goes into the game allowing 14.5 points and 322.5 yards per game.


    Since giving up 478 yards and 23 points in the season-opener against Washington, the LSU defense has clamped down, allowing just 291.4 yards and 12.8 points over its last five games.


    In its four SEC games, LSU is limiting opponents to 296.3 total yards and 15.3 points per game.


    The Tigers are tied for first in the SEC in turnover margin at +7 (+1.17 per game). In six games, LSU has gained 12 turnovers (3 fumbles, 9 interceptions), while losing just five turnovers (2 fumbles, 3 interceptions).


    LSU goes into the Auburn game having intercepted a pass in eight straight games. The streak covers all six games this year and the final two games of the 2008 season.


    Defensively, LSU's trio of linebackers - Kelvin Sheppard (44 tackles), Perry Riley (42) and Harry Coleman (38) lead the Tigers in tackles.


    Rahim Alem leads LSU with two sacks.


    Chad Jones and Brandon Taylor are tied for the team lead with two interceptions.


    LSU has played five true freshmen this season – Russell Shepard, Morris Claiborne, Craig Loston, Rueben Randle and Josh Downs – while Auburn has played 14 true freshmen.


    Auburn has won nine of its last 14 games against teams ranked in the AP Top 10, and has 15 wins in 24 attempts over Top 10 teams since 2001.


    Auburn has had to come from behind in four of its five victories, including a fourth quarter comeback to defeat West Virginia Sept. 19.


    Auburn is seventh in the nation in rushing offense (247.3), eighth in total offense (464.9) and 12th in scoring offense (34.9).


    Auburn has only allowed five sacks through seven games this season, which is tied for seventh best in the nation.


    Chris Todd, who has completed 106-of-190 passes for 1,443 yards with only two interceptions, has 12 touchdown passes this season. Last year, Auburn had just seven touchdown passes as a team during the entire season.


    Todd ranks 17th in the nation in yards per completion (13.61) and 37th nationally in passing efficiency (149.45). His 12 touchdown passes are tied for 21st most in the NCAA.


    Ben Tate ranks seventh nationally in rushing (122.3), and has five 100-yard rushing games this season. He leads Auburn with 874 yards and five touchdowns on 150 carries.


    Darvin Adams leads Auburn receivers with 28 catches for 444 yards and five scores. Mario Fannin is second with 23 grabs for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Terrell Zachary has added 19 receptions for 353 yards with four scores.


    Defensively, Auburn yields 26.3 points, and 367.6 yards a game which is 10th and 11th in the conference, respectively. Auburn allows 181.4 yards a game on the ground and 186.1 through the air.


    Craig Stevens leads the team and ranks third in the SEC with 62 tackles, while Josh Bynes is sixth with 60.


    Mike Blanc leads Auburn with 2.5 sacks, while Walter McFadden has a team-leading two interceptions.


    Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

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