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Lunch with Coach O - Ole 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 matchup with Ole Miss at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

The teams will face off in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, October 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The Tigers look to continue the success they have found under Coach Orgeron. LSU (4-2, 2-1 SEC) climbed their way back to No. 25 in the AP Top 25 after a 45-10 victory against Southern Miss.

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Orgeron has history with Ole Miss, where he served as head coach at in 2005. His tenure ended shortly after a disappointing 2007 season finishing with an 0-8 SEC record and a 3-9 overall record.

LSU, under Orgeron, continue to find success on the ground with another 100+ yard performance from sophomore running back Derrius Guice. For the first time in his career, Guice had back-to-back games with 100-push yards rushing and multiple touchdowns. During the game, he also hit 1,000 yards total in his career. 

Quarterback Danny Etling has seemed to settle in his new position as starter with a 276 yard performance on 11 of 18 passes. 

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The week, the Tigers focus on No. 23 ranked Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2 SEC), who beat LSU last year 38-17 in Oxford. Quarterback Chad Kelly has had a phenomenal season so far, accounting for over 300 yards of the 476 total yards per game for the Rebels. Kelly's struggle comes with having a supporting cast of receivers. 

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While, with Kelly, the Rebels' offense seems unstoppable, their defense ranks last in the SEC with an average of 448 yards allowed each game. Moreover, they are second-to-last in run defense, an area LSU has found much success on the offensive side under Orgeron.

Junior running back Leonard Fournette looks to return to action this week, after being sidelined for the last 3 weeks due to an ankle injury.

Fournette has 386 yards on 67 carries and two touchdowns in the three games in which he has played this season. Last season against Ole Miss, Fournette carried the ball 25 times for 108 yards. 

Saturday vs. Ole Miss begins a tough, five-game stretch for the Tigers that includes matchups against Alabama, Arkansas, the much talked about rescheduled game vs. Florida, and the regular-season finale at Texas A&M. All of these teams are ranked in the Top 25 of the AP poll.

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