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LSU/Ole Miss pre-game notes

LSU welcomes Ole Miss to Tiger Stadium on Saturday as the Tigers will play its home finale against the Rebels.

The Ole Miss game will also serve as Senior Day for the Tigers as LSU will honor its 15 seniors, seven of which are considered starters, in a pre-game ceremony.

No. 7 LSU is coming off a 37-17 win over then-No. 22 Mississippi State last week in Tiger Stadium as Les Miles won his 83rd game at the school, tying Bernie Moore for second on the all-time LSU list.

LSU brings an 8-2 overall mark and a 4-2 league record into the contest as the Tigers are one of three teams (others are Alabama and Texas A&M) from the SEC Western Division still alive for the league's championship game.

Ole Miss is 5-5 overall and 2-4 in SEC play following its 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt last week.

As a unit, LSU's offense is averaging 30.2 points and 391.3 total yards (192.5 rushing, 198.8 passing) per game.

QB Zach Mettenberger has thrown 110 straight passes without an interception dating back to the South Carolina game and he's now completed 155-of-263 for 1,990 yards, 10 TDs and 4 INTs.

LSU's ground game has produced seven 100-yard rushers this year with true freshman Jeremy Hill having done it three times (107 vs. Alabama, 127 vs. Texas A&M, 124 vs. South Carolina). Hill leads the Tigers with 477 yards and 6 TDs.

Mettenberger's top targets have been Jarvis Landry (40 rec., 401 yards, 3 TDs) and Odell Beckham Jr. (34 rec., 548 yards, 2 TDs). Kadron Boone leads the Tigers with 4 touchdown receptions.

Defensively, LSU continues to be ranked at or near the top in the SEC in points allowed (3rd at 15.5), total defense (2nd at 262.9), rushing defense (2nd at 97.2) and pass defense (1st at 165.7).

Defensively, LB Kevin Minter has 90 tackles, 9.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks to lead the Tigers. Other defensive standouts include: S Eric Reid (66 tackles, 2 INTs.), LB Lamin Barrow (70 tackles, 5.0 TFL), DE Sam Montgomery (28 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks), DT Bennie Logan (26 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks) and DE Barkevious Mingo (29 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 9 QB hurries).

The Ole Miss offense comes in ranked seventh in the league in scoring offense (29.5 ppg). The Rebels are ranked one spot ahead of LSU in total offense at sixth (413.2 ypg), and are seventh in rushing (165.6 ypg) and fifth in passing (247.6 ypg).

Sophomore QB Bo Wallace is fresh off a career-high 403 passing yards against Vanderbilt, bringing his season total to 2,239 yards, sixth-most in the SEC. He has completed better than 65 percent of his passes, rushed for 269 yards, and accounted for 18 total touchdowns.

Wallace’s top target is Donte Moncrief (47-614-5 TDs). Four other receivers have 20 or more catches on the season in Vince Sanders (29-337-2 TDs), Ja-Mes Morgan (32-392), Korvic Neat (23-244) and former Bastrop, La. product Randall Mackey (20-274).

Ole Miss’ leading rusher Jeff Scott (680 yards, six TDs) hasn't had much success in recent weeks with only 118 yards on 58 carries the last three weeks.

Ole Miss has had more than its share of struggles on the other side of the ball and it comes in ranked 10th in the SEC in scoring defense (27.7 ppg) and total defense (386 ypg). The Rebels are also ranked No. 9 and 11 in run defense (143.7 ypg) and pass defense (242.3 ypg), respectively.

Cody Prewitt and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche lead the Rebels in tackles with 67 and 66, respectively, and as a team Ole Miss has logged three more sacks on the year than LSU has with a 29-26 edge. C.J. Johnson leads Ole Miss with 4.5 sacks on the year.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. with the game being televised nationally on CBS.

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