The LSU Tigers are looking to remain in the driver’s seat for the Southeastern Conference West Division crown.
After recording victories over Mississippi State and Arkansas, LSU looks to improve to 3-0 with a road trip to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the Ole Miss Rebels.
Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday and you can listen to the game live on ESPN 103.7 Lafayette and 104.1 Lake Charles.
THE SEC’S BEST OFFENSE
The best offense in the SEC resides in Baton Rouge. LSU enters Saturday’s game in Oxford averaging a league-high in points per game (42.8), and total offensive yards per game (530). The Tigers also rank second in the SEC in passing yards per game (338.25) and third in rushing yards per game (191.75). Jayden Daniels is also the league’s top passer having thrown for a league-high 1,296 yards, a league-high QBR (189.09), and completing 72.3 percent of his passes which is fourth best in the SEC. Tiger wide receivers Malik Nabers (523 yards) and Brian Thomas Jr. (413) are also ranked No. 2 and 4 on the receiving yards leader list. Can the Rebels, who are averaging surrendering 226.5 passing yards, nearly seven yards per pass, and 351.8 total yards per game slow down the Tigers’ offensive attack?
WHAT HAPPENED TO JUDKINS?
Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins was a breakout star for the Rebels last season. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and the CBS National Freshman of the Year after rushing for 1,567 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. That type of performance saw Judkins enter the season with a ton of hype, earning several preseason All-American honors and was placed on the watch lists for both the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Doak Walker Award. Yet, in four games this season Judkins has made very little of an impact with 201 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Even though quarterback Jaxson Dart can be dangerous with both his arm (1,096 yards — fifth best in SEC) and his legs (219 rushing yards, 3 TD), the lack of a consistent running game (10th best in SEC) makes Ole Miss one dimensional on offense, which is a big advantage for LSU.
EXPECT A HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR
LSU may be entering the game with the SEC’s highest-scoring offense (42.8 points per game), but Ole Miss is a close second (42 points). The series between the Tigers and Rebels has typically been a track meet with the two teams combining to average 68.5 points per game in the last eight meetings, with the winner averaging 43.5 points.
SERIES RECORD: LSU leads 63-41-4
LSU 45 – OLE MISS 20
OLE MISS 31 – LSU 17
LSU 53 – OLE MISS 48
LSU 58 – OLE MISS 37
LSU 45 – OLE MISS 16
Jayden Daniels: 90-of-124, 1,296 yards, 12 TD, 2 INT
Logan Diggs: 38 carries, 253 yards, TD
Malik Nabers: 32 receptions, 523 yards, 5 TD
Major Burns: 27 tackles (10 solo), 1 sack
Damian Ramos: 5-for-5, Long of 41
Jaxson Dart: 65-of-103, 1,096 yards, 7 TD, 2 INT
Jaxson Dart: 44 carries, 219 yards, 3 TD
Jordan Watkins: 24 receptions, 347 yards, TD
Trey Washington: 25 tackles (17 solo), 2 TFL
Caden Davis: 7-of-9, Long of 56