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

Line: N/A

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

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.

KEY MATCHUP

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.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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.

FACTS & FIGURES

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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