September 8, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cheerleaders perform before a game against the Washington Huskies at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Washington 41-3. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Saturday Night in Death Valley

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October 6, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles reacts during the second half against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Louisiana State 14-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The 9th ranked LSU Tigers (5-1,1-1) are set to play their first home SEC game of the year against the South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0) and it’s the first home SEC night game since Mississippi State on Sept. 18 2010. LSU takes with them onto the field their longest home field-winning streak in school history of 21 straight wins at home. The fans will no doubt be loud and trying to do anything they can to help will their team to victory this Saturday.

This will also be the first time since 2009 that LSU has played a game immediately following a loss. It was on Nov. 7th against Alabama and LSU returned home to play Louisiana Tech the next week.

“Practice is going well, but it’s been a little different,” Miles said. “It’s not the same chipper group. There’s a little bit more of a want to get things right and a little bit more of a sense of urgency. It’s probably good. I think the preparations have been good. I think our guys are fighting to do their part to contribute and make their contributions felt.”

LSU will send it’s 5th different starting offensive-line to the field in seven games. Redshirt freshman Trae Turner will start at right guard for the Tigers and LSU will send 6th year senior Josh Dworaczyk to the left tackle position to play against the Gamecocks fierce defense.

South Carolina comes to LSU for the first time since 2007 when LSU orchestrated one of the greatest plays ever, when Matt Flynn and Colt David executed the over-the-shoulder flip pass in a game the Tigers won 28-16. LSU also won the game the following year in Columbia 24-17. South Carolina just came off a tremendous performance against a top ranked Georgia Bulldogs team and won easily 35-7.

South Carolina has allowed only 10.5 points a game this season, ranks 4th in the country while scoring 36.3 per game themselves. LSU however has allowed 12.8 points per game and has scored 33.5 points per game, so we have two very evenly matched teams and with LSU having the home field advantage its tough to pick against the Tigers.

However the Tigers have not played well together the past few weeks and have not looked like themselves on the field. South Carolina and LSU will be facing their second top ten-ranked team in a row this week. It is setup to be yet another great game between these two teams and these two crazy and sometimes brilliant coaches.

 

LSU Tigers Team Leaders

PASSING

COMP

ATT

YDS

T

 D

Z. Mettenberger

89

144

1174

6

RUSHING

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

K. Hilliard

58

382

6.6

6

A. Blue

40

270

6.8

2

RECEIVING

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

O. Beckham

20

364

18.2

2

K. Boone

10

177

17.7

3

 

 

South Carolina Team Leaders

PASSING

COMP

ATT

YDS

TD

C. Shaw

56

74

733

7

D. Thompson

27

53

510

5

RUSHING

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

M. Lattimore

116

549

4.7

9

C. Shaw

64

281

4.4

1

RECEIVING

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

D. Byrd

10

288

28.8

2

B. Ellington

13

227

17.5

1

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