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Lunch with Coach O - Southern Miss preview

LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron (Source: WAFB) LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Interim head coach Ed Orgeron previewed LSU's game against Southern Miss during his weekly press conference at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

After officials postponed LSU's football game against Florida due to Hurricane Matthew, the Tigers look to refocus as they return to Tiger Stadium against Southern Miss. With the rescheduling of the Florida game looming, LSU looks to win out for the rest of the season, hoping to get back into the AP Top 20.

"I think it's very difficult to reschedule. We have a home game November 19 and we're going to have a home game November 19," said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva. 

RELATED: LSU-Florida football game postponed

Despite missing a week of play, Coach Orgeron seeks to continue the success the Tigers has been seeing since he took the helm of head coach, after the firing of Les Miles. LSU's last game was a 45-24 victory against Missouri, in which they saw much success with their ground game.  

Southern Miss, however, hopes to redeem themselves after being hammered by University of Texas - San Antonio in past Saturday's match-up, resulting in a 55-32 victory for the Road Runners. 

The Golden Eagles allowed UTSA to rush for 339 yards and finish with over 500 yards of total offense. This is similar to LSU's last game in Tiger Stadium against Missouri, in which the Tigers rushed for almost 300 yards and 634 yards of total offense.

LSU star running back Leonard Fournette will remain questionable after sidelined the past two weeks because of an ankle injury. Had the Tigers played Florida this past Saturday, he would still have sat out. Fournette, whose Heisman campaign is all but over, looks to regain momentum going deeper into the season.

Southern Miss has one of the nation's most productive offenses with quarterback Nick Mullens under center. He has completed 58.6 percent of his passes this season and averages 312 yards a game through the air. They also have two impressive running backs in Ito Smith and George Payne. Smith leads the Golden Eagles on the ground with 711 yards and six touchdowns on 119 carries this season, with Payne adding 336 yards and a touchdown on 58 carries. Overall, Southern Miss averages 40 points and 315 yards a game. 

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

RELATED: Last week's Lunch with Coach O

KICKOFF: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium

TV: SEC Network

RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7

SERIES: Series tied at 1

LAST MEETING: Southern Miss 20, LSU 18 (Nov. 12, 1994 in Tiger Stadium)

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