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The Associated Press (AP)- Kent State (1-1) at No. 8 LSU(2-0) , 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: LSU by 37½.

Series record: First meeting

WHAT’S AT STAKE

LSU aims to build on its early season momentum in advance of its first Southeastern Conference game against Auburn the following week. The Tigers also cannot afford an upset to a five-TD underdog if they hope to retain their top-10 ranking. Kent State seeks a landmark first victory against an SEC team — after losing in 11 previous tries — in what is also the program’s first foray into Death Valley.

KEY MATCHUP

Kent State redshirt freshman QB Colin Reardon against a young LSU defense on which eight true freshmen have already seen action this year. LSU came into this season with only three full-time starters back after numerous players left early for the NFL, but so far, the unit has passed the test against No. 24 TCU and UAB. Reardon, meanwhile, has been efficient, completing better than 64 percent of his passes for four TDs and no interceptions.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kent State: Senior DT Roosevelt Nix ranks second among active FBS players in career tackles for loss (56), fifth in forced fumbles (10) and 14th in sacks (21 1/2). Junior WRs Chris Humphrey and Casey Pierce both have TD catches in each of the Golden Flashes’ first two games.

LSU: Odell Beckham Jr. had four TDs last week, three receiving and one on a 100-yard return of a field goal which fell short. He also has surpassed 100 yards receiving in each of his first two games. Junior DE Jermauria Rasco has racked up a team-leading 11 tackles to go with two QB hurries and 1½ sacks.

FACTS & FIGURES

Kent State head coach Paul Haynes was Arkansas’ defensive coordinator in 2012. The Razorbacks lost to LSU, 20-13, in Fayetteville, Ark., last November. … LSU has won 43 straight against non-conference opponents in the regular season. … The Golden Flashes, which won 11 games last season and narrowly missed out on an Orange Bowl berth, took their program’s first victory over a ranked opponent last October, beating then-15th-ranked Rutgers 35-23. … The Tigers have averaged 46.5 points and 446.5 total yards (174.5 rushing, 272.0 passing) through its first two games. … LSU QB Zach Mettenberger set a school-record with 5 TDs passing last week. Mettenberger’s 6 TD passes and 533 yards passing are the most by any LSU quarterback in the first two games of a season. … Kent State is playing its first road game this season following a season-opening 17-10 victory over Liberty and a 41-22 loss to Bowling Green. … Kent State is 1-23 against ranked opponents.

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