Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Tech notes from game day

It's finally game day for Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Tech...

Let's be honest.  This is the game fans have been looking forward to for weeks as things started to take shape in the western division of Conference USA.  

Southern Miss travels to Louisiana Tech for the "Rivalry in Dixie" game, with the winner continuing the season and having the right to travel to Bowling Green to compete in the conference Championship game.  

Here are a few notes from game day and things to watch for in Ruston, Louisiana...

-Saturday’s game will be televised on FSN with Brendan Burke (play-by-play), Ben Leber (analyst) and Christian Steckel (sidelines) calling the action.

-The first game between the two teams was held on November 28th, 1935 making this rivalry 80 years old.  Southern Miss won that game 27-0.

-Southern Miss is ranked 8th in the nation in total offense, and Louisiana Tech is ranked in the top 25 offensively. 

-Saturday’s game also marks Senior Day at Louisiana Tech with 24 seniors being honored in a pregame ceremony. This year’s senior class is likely to be only the second in school history to lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back bowl games. Among the 24 seniors to be honored will be Vernon Butler, Kenneth Dixon and Jeff Driskel, a trio that have all accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl.

-Southern Miss has won 7 of the last 10 games against Louisiana Tech, but the Bulldogs have won the last two.  

-Louisiana Tech's RB Kenneth Dixon needs three TD's to set a career NCAA record for TD's scored.  He needs two to tie the record.  

-Southern Miss is 13-8 all time in Ruston.  

-Three members of the Southern Miss staff have ties to Louisiana Tech as either players or coaches in Todd Monken, John Simon, and John Carr.  

-The game gets its name from former Louisana Tech coach and Southern Miss alum Maxie Lambright who declared, "This is the finest rivalry in Dixie" after a 23-22 win over USM in 1976.

-John Simon was a stand-out RB for Louisiana Tech, and Todd Monken coached him there as he was both the RB's coach one year and WR's coach the other in his two seasons.  

-Of the 46 prior games in the series, 18 of those have been decided on the last possession.  

-Today's game (11:00 AM CST) will be broadcast by the Fox Sports network

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