LSU will go after its ninth win of the season on Saturday when the Tigers return to conference play against Ole Miss in Oxford. Kickoff for the Tigers and the Rebels is set for 2:30 p.m.
The game will serve as the second "Magnolia Bowl", which was created in the spring of 2008 by the Student Governments from both schools in an effort to enhance the spirit of the football rivalry between the teams. The "Magnolia Bowl" trophy will be presented to the winning team following Saturday's game.
LSU brings an 8-2 overall mark and a 4-2 league record into the game. Last week, the Tigers, despite playing without four offensive starters - QB Jordan Jefferson, RB Charles Scott, TE Richard Dickson and C T-Bob Hebert -picked up a 24-16 non-conference win over Louisiana Tech.
Ole Miss is playing its best football of the season as they have won four its last five to improve to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in league play. The Rebels are coming off a 42-17 win over Tennessee last week.
LSU goes into the Ole Miss game ranked No. 8 in the BCS Standings and No. 10 in the three other major polls - USA Today Coaches, AP, and Harris Interactive. Ole Miss is unranked.
LSU is 3-1 on the road this year, which includes a 2-1 record in SEC road games. The Rebels are 5-1 at home in 2009. LSU has won four straight over Ole Miss in Oxford.
LSU and Ole Miss meet for the 98th time with the Tigers holding a 55-38-4 lead in the series that dates back to 1894.
Ole Miss snapped LSU's six-game winning streak in the series with a 31-13 victory last year in Tiger Stadium. LSU still has won six of the last seven and seven of the last nine against the Rebels.
LSU last lost a game in the state of Mississippi in 1999 when Mississippi State posted a 17-16 win over the Tigers.
LSU will face a different Ole Miss head coach for the third time in its last four trips to Oxford (Cutcliffe in 2003, Orgeron in 2005 and 2007, Nutt in 2009).
Ole Miss encounters its second ranked opponent of the year, having lost to No. 3 Alabama 22-3 on Oct. 10. Prior to last year’s Florida win, Ole Miss had dropped 15 straight games against ranked opposition. The Rebels are 56-129-2 all-time versus ranked teams.
In his fifth season at LSU, Les Miles has posted a 50-13 overall mark. He got to 50 victories faster than any other coach in school history.
LSU averages 25 points a game on the offensive side of the ball and 310 yards a game (136.8 rushing and 173.2 passing).
Jordan Jefferson has performed well in the first nine games of the season as he's connected on 133-of-210 passes for 1,535 yards, 12 TDs and just four interceptions.
Jordan Jefferson is No. 5 in the SEC in pass efficiency and his four interceptions ties for the fewest among starting quarterbacks in the league. Jefferson, who is 8-3 as LSU's starting quarterback, has also added 159 rushing yards.
LSU's Brandon LaFell and Terrance Toliver have combined for more receptions (85) than any other wide receiver tandem in the SEC. LaFell leads the Tigers with 43 catches for 560 yards and 9 TDs, while Toliver has 42 catches for 547 yards and 3 scores.
With his TD grab against Louisiana Tech, Brandon LaFell is second in LSU history with 23 receiving touchdowns. He trails LSU record holder Dwayne Bowe by just three touchdowns going into the Ole Miss game. LaFell also ranks fifth in LSU history in receptions with 159 and he's sixth in LSU history in receiving yards with 2,285.
Keiland Williams had LSU's second 100-yard rushing game of the year last week vs. Louisiana Tech with 116 yards on 15 carries. Williams (59-328-4) moved past Russell Shepard (35-248-2) for second on the team in rushing.
Ole Miss is fourth in the SEC in scoring (31.1 ppg) and fifth in total offense with 405.6 yards a game (191.1 rushing and 214.5 passing).
The Rebels are averaging 473.0 yards over the last five games.
Jevan Snead has completed 147-of-248 passes for 1,983 yards with 17 TDs and 14 INTs.
Dexter McCluster is the team leader in rushing with 755 yards and six touchdowns on 107 carries. Baton Rouge-native Brandon Bolden is next with 569 yards and four scores on 111 rushes.
Dexter McCluster posted school records of 282 rushing yards and 324 all-purpose yards in last week’s win over Tennessee. His 324 all-purpose yards is the 8th highest in SEC history and the 7th highest in an SEC intra-conference game.
McCluster is averaging 197.0 rushing yards and 262.3 all-purpose yards with five TDs over the last three SEC games.
Shay Hodge leads Ole Miss’ receiving corps with 810 yards and six touchdowns on 50 receptions. Dexter McCluster is second with 394 yards and two scores on 31 catches.
Defensively, the Tigers have gone six straight games without allowing a first quarter touchdown. The Tigers are allowing just 13.7 points and 311.8 total yards per game (126.9 rushing, 184.9 passing).
LSU is third in the SEC and 10th in the nation in scoring defense at 13.7 points per game.
The Tigers have allowed just 3 rushing TDs all year - tied with Georgia for fewest in the SEC.
LSU has only allowed 26 first half points in its last six games (La. Tech 13, Florida 10, Alabama 3).
LSU hasn't allowed a first quarter TD in its last six games. The last time a team scored a first quarter TD against LSU was Mississippi State in week 4.
Kelvin Sheppard (87 tackles, 8.0 TFL), Perry Riley (77 tackles, 3.5 TFL) and Harry Coleman (63 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 sacks) lead LSU in tackles. Sheppard ranks No. 3 in the SEC in tackles with 8.7 per game (87 total).
Rahim Alem leads LSU with four sacks and is tied with Drake Nevis and Kelvin Sheppard for the lead in tackles for a loss as all three have eight.
Patrick Peterson is No.3 in the SEC in passes defended with 13 (11 PBUs, 2 interceptions). He is tied with Chad Jones, Brandon Taylor and Chris Hawkins for the lead in interceptions as they all have two apiece.
LSU's streak of games with an interception was snapped at 11 straight last week vs. Louisiana Tech.
The Tigers have forced 17 turnovers this year and are third in the SEC and 15th nationally in turnover margin at +9 (0.9 per game).
Ole Miss is No. 1 in the SEC in third down defense, holding the opposition to just a 26.8 percent success rate
The Rebels rank 12th in the nation and 4th in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing just 15.9 ppg this year. Ole Miss is fifth in the league – one spot behind LSU – in total defense, giving up 313 yards a game (132.7 rushing and 180.3 passing).
Ole Miss has held the opposition under 300 yards of total offense five times this year, including four SEC games.
After ranking 10th in the SEC in pass defense efficiency a year ago, Ole Miss stands third in the league and 14th in the NCAA in that category this season, limiting the opposition to an 101.49 efficiency rating.
Ole Miss has risen to first in the SEC and 18th in the nation in TFLs (7.2 pg). The Rebels are also third in the conference in sacks (2.6 pg).
Greg Hardy leads Ole Miss in sacks with five but Kentrell Lockett and Patrick Trahan are not far off with four each.
Kendrick Lewis leads the Rebels with 67 tackles followed by Johnny Brown with 64.
Ole Miss has seven players tied with one interception apiece.
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on CBS.