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LSU vs. Ole Miss: What to look for Saturday

OLE MISS (4-6, 1-5) at LSU (9-1, 5-1)

2:30 p.m. CT Baton Rouge, La. Tiger Stadium (92,400)

LIVE TV: CBS Sports [Vern Lundquist, play-by-play; Gary Danielson, color analyst; Tracy Wolfson, sidelines]

THE COACHES

Les Miles is in his sixth season at LSU with a record of 60-16 (.789) and 10th overall with a record of 88-37 (.704). The Tigers' offensive coordinator is Gary Crowton and the defensive coordinator is John Chavis.

Houston Nutt is in his third season at Ole Miss with a record of 22-14 (.611) and 18th overall with a record of 133-84 (.613). The Rebels' co-offensive coordinators are Mike Markuson and Dave Rader and the defensive coordinator is Tyrone Nix.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN LSU HAS THE BALL

Senior linebacker Allen Walker is having an outstanding final campaign. He is currently tied for third in the SEC in forced fumbles with three and is fifth on the team in tackles.

Jonathan Cornell leads Ole Miss and ranks 12th in the SEC in tackles (7.0 pg). He also ranks sixth in the league in TFLs (1.38 pg) and 14th in sacks (0.44 pg) and was named second team midseason All-SEC by Phil Steele. Marry totaled a team-high 11 tackles and 3.0 TFLs in his first start versus ULL.

Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 27.9 points and 322.7 total yards (181.4 rushing, 141.3 passing) per game. LSU QB Jordan Jefferson is 18-6 as a starter, which includes an 11-1 record in games played in Tiger Stadium. LSU RB Stevan Ridley ranks third in the SEC in rushing with 878 yards and nine TDs. Terrence Toliver and Rueben

Randle lead the receiving group, with a 864 yards and five touchdowns between them.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN OLE MISS HAS THE BALL

The Ole Miss offensive line leads the SEC and ranks 15th in the country having allowed only 10 sacks on the season despite starting seven different offensive line combinations in its 10 games. The Rebels currently rank second in the SEC and 14th in the nation in rushing averaging 219.0 yards per game. Running back Brandon Bolden rushed 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 12 carries against Tennessee. He currently ranks sixth in the SEC averaging 84.0 yards per game. Jeremiah Masoli currently ranks seventh in the SEC in total offense (206.9 yard/game) and eighth in passing efficiency (123.2).

The Tigers continued their stellar defensive play last week, holding ULM scoreless and allowing just 190 yards of total offense, the third time this year LSU had held a team to less than 200 total yards. Defensively, LSU leads the SEC and ranks among the top 10 in the nation in total defense (273.6), pass defense (148.6). The Tigers are also in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 14.6 points per game. LB Kelvin Sheppard leads the Tigers with 88 tackles, while DT is first on the team in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (6.0). In nine games, Drake Nevis ranks third on the team with 47 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for losses and 6.0 sacks.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Sophomore placekicker Bryson Rose has had an outstanding 2010 season connecting 52-for-54 on kicks. Rose converted on all five field goal attempts and all four PATs for a career-high with 19 points against Louisiana-Lafayette. Rose ranks in the SEC in PAT percentage (1.000/1st), scoring (8.7 ppg/3rd) and field goals (1.56 pg/3rd). Jesse Grandy has helped Ole Miss rank second the SEC, and 11th nationally, in punt return average at 14.3 yards per return.

Patrick Peterson ranks second in the SEC in punt return average at 17.6 (22 returns, 388 yards and 2 TDs) and he's second in kickoff returns with a 27.0 average (21 returns, 567 yards). Josh Jasper has connected on 20-of-24 field goal attempts for 83.3 percent, first in the SEC. Jasper is also first in the conference in field goals over 40 yards with eight, which includes a career-long of 53 yards vs. ULM. Earlier this year, Jasper set the LSU record for field goals in a game with five against Mississippi State.

SERIES/GAME NOTES

Record: LSU, 55-39-4

LSU and Ole Miss meet for the 99th time with the Tigers holding a 55-39-4 lead in the series that dates back to 1894 ...Ole Miss has won the last two meetings with LSU, including a 25-23 victory last year in Oxford … Ole Miss won the last game between the teams in Baton Rouge in 2008, 31-13 … Prior to the Ole Miss victory in Baton Rouge in 2008, LSU had won six straight over the Rebels … LSU is 36-23-1 against Ole Miss in Baton Rouge … Three of the last four games in Tiger Stadium between the teams have been decided by 3 points or less (exception came in 2008) … LSU goes into the Ole Miss game ranked in the Top 25 for the ninth straight year … LSU coach Les Miles is 3-3 vs. Ole Miss, which includes a 3-2 record with the Tigers.

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