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Furman-LSU Preview

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(Photo Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Associated Press (AP)- Furman (3-4) at No. 13 LSU (6-2), 7 p.m. ET

Line: N/A

Series record: First meeting.


LSU is trying to stay high enough in the rankings to hold on to hopes of a BCS bowl berth, and cannot afford a loss to a team from the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision. Furman only needs to stay healthy before hitting the home stretch of its Southern Conference schedule, but would certainly take the publicity that would accompany a monumental upset of a Southeastern Conference power.


LSU’s balanced and explosive offense, which has broken 55 plays for 20 yards or more, against a disciplined Furman defense that ranks second in its league, has created 14 turnovers and which allows only 184 yards per game through the air.


Furman: DB Jairus Hollman, who had 12 tackles, including a tackle for a loss, and two forced fumbles in Furman’s 27-10 victory over Appalachian State last weekend.

LSU: RB Jeremy Hill, who has rushed for 779 yards on 114 carries, an average of 6.8 yards per rush, and has scored 10 touchdowns, which leads the SEC.


LSU has won 44 straight regular season games against nonconference opponents, the longest such streak in the nation. … LSU hasn’t lost a regular season nonconference game since falling to Virginia Tech, 26-8, to open the 2002 season. … In Furman’s 108 years of football, the Paladins have played only once in the state Louisiana — a 27-16 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette in 1976. … The Paladins have lost seven straight to SEC teams, with the last win coming in 1963, 14-13 over Vanderbilt. … Since 1987 Furman has gone 1-20 against FBS competition, with the one victory coming against North Carolina (28-3) in 1999, when current Paladins head coach Bruce Fowler was Furman’s defensive coordinator. … Because of a combination of injuries and tactical decisions, five different quarterbacks have played for Furman this season. No. 1 QB Reese Hannon is expected to start at LSU after returning from injury last week. … LSU, which lost at Mississippi last week, is 21-1 under Les Miles following a loss.

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