Louisiana State University is another in the long line of original SEC member schools with a rich tradition in college football. LSU was founded in 1860 and played their first football game on November 25, 1893, a 34-0 loss to Tulane.
In deciding upon the colors for their newly formed football
squad, the colors of Mardi Gras were selected. Mardi Gras colors were purple,
gold and green but the local merchant who sold the Mardi Gras ribbon was out
of green, so LSU chose purple and gold, it's been the Tigers' colors ever
LSU didn't get around to giving their football team a nickname until the
season of 1897. There was a famous battalion of Louisiana soldiers in the
Civil War known as the "Louisiana Tigers" for their fierce fighting skills,
so the nickname Tigers was chosen.
The students of LSU wanted a real Bengal
tiger to be their team mascot, so in 1936, the student body raised $750 to
buy their first real tiger. The name Mike was chosen to honor longtime LSU
athletics trainer, Mike Chambers. LSU is now on Mike V, Mike I lived 21
years, longest of the five tigers serving as LSU's mascot.
The Tigers play their home games in Tiger Stadium first built in 1924, which
currently has a seating capacity of 91,600. Bear Bryant once said of playing
in Tiger Stadium, "it's like being inside a drum." LSU has had great success
over its 113 years of playing football, winning 666 games, losing 373
and tying 47. They lay claim to six national championships, nine SEC
championships, have had 48 All-Americans and one Heisman trophy winner,
Their last undefeated/untied season was 1958 at 11-0, a
national championship season under Paul Dietzel. Dietzel made this squad
famous by having three distinct teams, the "White Team" being their number
one offensive team, the "Go Team" their number two team and the "Chinese
Bandits" were their defensive specialty team.
Charlie McClendon followed Dietzel in 1962 as head coach of the Tigers. In
18 season, he became the Tigers' most successful coach in LSU history.
Charlie Mac, as he was known, won 137 games, lost 59 and tied 7.
floundered through seven coaching changes between 1980 and 2000. In 2000,
Nick Saban arrived in Tiger land and quickly rebuilt the Tigers back into a
national power. Saban led LSU to another national championship season in
2003, then left for the pros after the 2004 season.
Les Miles was hired to replace Saban and the Tigers continue to roll along.
They are in control of their own destiny in the SEC West going into this
week's battle with Ole Miss. Miles coached against the Rebels in the 2004
Cotton Bowl, losing 31-28, to an Eli Manning-led Rebel team. Miles played
his college football at Michigan, later was an assistant there, Colorado,
Oklahoma State and the Dallas Cowboys. Miles was named head coach at
Oklahoma State in 2001, were he went 28-21 with the Cowboys in four seasons.
The Tigers enter the Ole Miss game with a record of 8-1, 5-1 in the SEC
West. LSU opened with a win over Arizona State 35-31, then lost an overtime
game at home to Tennessee 30-27. Since the Vols loss, the Tigers have reeled
off seven straight wins starting with Mississippi State 37-7, Vanderbilt
38-6, Florida 21-17, Auburn 20-17 in overtime, North Texas 56-3, Appalachian
State 24-0 and last week an overtime win at Alabama 16-13.
This Ole Miss-LSU game will be the 94th meeting between these two schools
dating back to December 3, 1894, a game won by Ole Miss 26-6 in Baton
Rouge. Ironically, only 11-of-the-93 previous games have been played in
Oxford. LSU played in a much larger home stadium, so far many years the
Tigers bought the Rebels' home game against Ole Miss and played it in Tiger
Stadium. Former Rebel Coach Johnny Vaught, loved playing and beating LSU at
home on a late October, Saturday night.
LSU leads the series 52-37-4, the
Rebels have a 6-4-1 advantage in Oxford. Ole Miss has played LSU in Baton
Rouge, Oxford, Jackson, Meridian, Vicksburg and New Orleans.
LSU comes into this Ole Miss game with the number two scoring offense and
defense in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers are scoring 30 points per
game and allowing only 13.8 points per game, which is fourth nationally. The
Tiger offense is averaging 387 yards per game while the defense is giving up
294.4. LSU leads the SEC and is second nationally in net punting at 40.5
yards per punt. The Tigers also lead the SEC in pass efficiency with a
rating of 151.0.
Offensively, LSU is a 2-back set team led by senior Joseph Addai. The
Tigers offensive coordinator/quarterbacks' coach is Jimbo Fisher, a 1989
graduate of Salem College. Fisher had coaching stops at Samford, Auburn and
Cincinnati before joining Saban's staff in 2000. LSU will likely start six
seniors, three juniors and two sophomores against the Rebels. The Tigers'
offensive line averages 309, their run/pass ration is three runs for every
two passes. Key offensive players include:
- QB 4 JaMarcus Russell, So., 6-5, 248 - 151-241, 62.7%, 1988yards, 12 td's,
5 int, 47 rushes for (-23) net yards
- RB 10 Joseph Addai, Sr., 6-0, 210 - 137 rushes for 668 yards, 4.9 ave, has
14 receptions for 119 yards
- RB 25 Justin Vincent, Jr., 5-10, 213 - 77 rushes for 354 yards, 4.6 ave
- ZR 80 Dwayne Bowe, Jr., 6-3. 217 - 31catches for 548 yards, 17.7ave, big
- ZR 5 Skyler Green, Sr., 5-10, 185 - 27 catches for 211 yards, 7.8ave,
- XR 3 Craig Davis, Jr., 6-2, 195 - 24 catches for 387 yards, 16.1 ave
- XR 9 Early Doucet, So., 6-0, 206 - 22 catches for 342 yards, 15.5 ave
- LT 76 Andrew Whitworth, Sr., 6-7, 325 - All-American, making his 49th
The Tigers are missing running back Alley Broussard who is out for the
season with a knee injury. Broussard put 252 yards rushing on the Rebel
defense in last year's 27-24 win over Ole Miss.
Defensively, LSU is another 4-3-4 team. Bo Pelini is the Tigers' defensive
coordinator/secondary coach in his first year at LSU. Pelini is a 1990
graduate of Ohio State, he has coached in the pros, Nebraska and Oklahoma before
joining Miles' staff. LSU will likely start six seniors, three juniors and
two sophomores. The Tiger defense has 28 sacks and six interceptions, their
defensive line averages 282 pounds per man, the linebackers average 229 and
the DB's average 194. Key LSU defensive players include:
- WLB 7 Ali Highsmith, So., 6-1, 226 - 30 solo + 30 assist, 60 tackles
- MLB 46 Cameron Vaughn, Sr., 6-4, 237 - 26 solo + 30 assist, 56 tackles
- FS 30 LaRon Landry, Jr., 6-2, 180 - 32 solo + 19 assist, 51 tackles
- RT 95 Kyle Williams, Sr. 6-2, 295 - 19 solo + 22 assist, 41 tackles
- SS 31 Jesse Daniels, Jr. 5-11, 200, 17 solo + 15 assist, 32 tackles.
Special team players for LSU include:
Punter/FG - 41 Chris Jackson, Jr.- 42.4 average punting and is 6-14 in field
Punt Returns - 5 Skyler Green, Sr. - returned 19 for 281 yards, 14.8
PAT Kicker - 6 Colt David, Fr. - 21-22 in placement kicks
KO Returns - 5 Skyler Green, Sr. - returned 11 for 226, 20.5 average.
THOUGHTS: LSU is the most talented team the Rebels have played this season.
LSU is also the SEC's most penalized team with 78 penalties for 675 yards.
LSU is No. 1 in the red zone at 90% efficiency, scoring 21 touchdowns and
six field goals. LSU is last in the SEC at kicking field goals, making only
The Rebel defense will have to play four quarters the way they did against Arkansas in the first half, including creating some turnovers, and the Ole Miss offense will have to figure out a way to possess the ball for longer periods and sustain drives and mvoe the chains rather than producing a bunch of three-and-out series.
It will take an outstanding effort to beat the Tigers, but stranger
things have happened in this colorful series.
A look at LSU
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