No. 9-ranked LSU will face the second of its three opponents from the state of Louisiana on Saturday when the ninth-ranked Tigers host Tulane at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
Saturday's game will mark the 50th anniversary of Billy Cannon's infamous 89-yard punt return for a touchdown on Halloween Night that led the Tigers to a 7-3 win over Ole Miss.
LSU improved to 6-1 overall on Saturday after its 31-10 Southeastern Conference win over Auburn. The Tigers are 6-1 for the third time in five years under Les Miles (LSU won 6 of its first 7 games in 2005 and 2007).
Tulane dropped its third straight contest on Saturday, falling to Southern Miss, 43-6. The Green Wave comes to Tiger Stadium with a 2-5 overall mark and a 0-4 record in Conference USA.
LSU brings the nation's longest non-conference winning streak into the Tulane game as the Tigers have won 21 straight games against non-SEC opponents. The Tigers haven’t dropped a non-conference contest since falling to Iowa, 30-25, in the Capital One bowl during the 2004 season.
LSU has won 23 consecutive games over teams from Louisiana. The last time LSU lost to a team from Louisiana came in 1982 when the Green Wave beat the Tigers, 31-28, in Tiger Stadium. Since that loss in ’92, LSU has won 17 straight in the series against Tulane.
The Tigers bring a 128-25-8 mark all-time against teams from Louisiana into the Tulane contest.
LSU coach Les Miles is 21-0 in non-conference games with the Tigers outscoring their opponents 756-194 in those games.
With the win over Auburn, Les Miles won his 48th game, which ties former Tiger head coach Nick Saban for third place in school history.
Miles' 48 wins came faster than any coach in school history, taking just 60 games to get there. Miles is 48-12 as LSU's head coach, while Saban posted a 48-16 mark in five years from 2000-04.
Charles McClendon is the winningest coach in school history with 137 victories, followed by Bernie Moore with 83 and then Miles and Saban.
Charles Scott continues to lead the team in rushing with 347 yards and two touchdowns on 85 carries. Keiland Williams is second with 192 yards and two scores on 42 rushes, followed by Russell Shepard with 177 yards and a touchdown on just 23 attempts.
On 24 offensive touches this year (23 rushes, 1 reception), Shepard has accounted for 183 yards and he's averaging 7.6 yards a touch.
LSU goes into the Tulane game averaging 24.1 points and 306.6 total yards (123.6 rushing, 183.0 passing). The Tigers are 10th in the SEC in scoring, last in total offense, 10th in rushing and 9th in passing.
Jordan Jefferson has performed well in the first seven games of the season as he's connected on 112-of-176 passes for 1,258 yards with 9 TDs and just three interceptions. He has also added 132 rushing yards.
Jefferson is coming off his most complete game as a Tiger as he set career bests for completions (21), attempts (31) and passing yards (242) in the win over Auburn.
Terrance Toliver leads LSU in receiving with 34 receptions for 442 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon LaFell is right on his heels with 33 catches for 393 yards and six scores. Toliver and LaFell have combined for more catches (67) than any other tandem in the SEC.
LSU has limited its last three SEC opponents to a combined 36 points (Georgia 13, Florida 13, Auburn 10) - it's the fewest over any 3-game SEC span for LSU since 2005 when the Tigers held Mississippi State (7), Vanderbilt (6), and Florida (17) to a combined 30 points in a three-week stretch.
LSU's defense has held its last six opponents to an average of 275 total yards and 12.3 points per game.
Through seven games, the Tigers are currently No. 4 in the SEC in scoring defense (13.9 points per game), No. 4 in rushing defense (127.0 yards per game), No. 6 in total defense (304.0 yards per game) and No. 7 in pass defense (177.0 yards per game).
LSU's trio of linebackers - Kelvin Sheppard, Harry Coleman and Perry Riley – leads the team in tackles. Sheppard, who has recorded double-figure tackles in consecutive games, leads LSU with 57 stops, followed by Coleman and Riley with 47 each. The trio of linebackers have combined for 11.5 tackles for losses, two sacks, seven pass breakups and four forced fumbles.
LSU's fourth linebacker - Jacob Cutrera - has 28 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses and an interception to his credit.
Coleman had perhaps his best game in an LSU uniform against Auburn with nine tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles. Coleman finished with a total of 2.5 tackles totaling 18-yards in losses. He also added a pass breakup.
Coleman is tied with Rahim Alem and Drake Nevis for the team lead in sacks with two. Nevis leads the Tigers in tackles for loss with 5.5.
Chad Jones and Brandon Taylor are still tied for the lead in picks with two interceptions apiece.
LSU goes into the Tulane game having intercepted a pass in nine straight games. The streak covers all seven games this year and the final two games of the 2008 season.
Tulane has an overall record of 184-279-24 against SEC members.
When Tulane takes the field against LSU this Saturday, it will mark the 155th time in school history that the Green Wave has faced an in-state opponent. TU has a record of 75-72-7 against 12 current or former Louisiana schools
Ryan Griffin made his first career start under center at Southern Miss on Oct. 24, completing 21-of-33 passes for 158 yards - all career highs. On the year, Griffin has completed 44-of-70 passes for 397 yards with a score and two interceptions.
Andre Anderson currently ranks fourth among Conference USA backs for rushing yards per game with 92.3.
Anderson has two 100+ rushing games, including a season-high 199 yards vs. McNeese State. He is third on the team in receptions (20) and receiving yards (168) and is averaging 116.3 all-purpose yards per outing.
Tulane’s Jeremy Williams is averaging 130.3 all-purpose yards per outing, which ranks sixth among Conference USA players and is 44th nationally. Williams is averaging 94.6 receiving yards (662 total), 3.5 rushing yards. Williams leads the Green Wave in receiving with 682 yards and three touchdowns on 44 catches.
Strong safety Chinonso Echebelem leads Tulane with 70 tackles and is also tied for the team lead in interceptions with one.
Logan Kelley has two sacks on the year which leads the team.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be shown on TigerVision.