No. 12 LSU preps for SEC slate with tuneup vs. Chattanooga
Chattanooga (0-1) at No. 12 LSU (1-0), Saturday 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network-alternate)
Series record: LSU leads 1-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
After an impressive shutout victory over BYU to open the season, LSU will be expected to win handily and could limit action for key regulars so they're fresh for the following week's Southeastern Conference opener at Mississippi State. Chattanooga, normally one of the top teams in the NCAA's second-tier Football Championship Subdivision, seeks a competitive showing to improve confidence after a season-opening loss to Jacksonville State. The Mocs also need to stay healthy with their entire Southern Conference schedule awaiting them.
LSU's defense, which did not allow BYU to cross the 50-yard line last week, against a Chattanooga offense led by sophomore QB Nick Tiano, who was intercepted twice by Jacksonville State in his previous start. The Mocs turned the ball over three times in their season opener.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Chattanooga: Tiano is dual-threat QB who accounted for 286 yards from scrimmage last week, including eight runs for 68 yards.
LSU: RB Derrius Guice rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns in LSU's opener despite sitting out most of the second half. The junior is 55 yards away from 2,000 yards rushing in his career.
FACTS & FIGURES
The first meeting between these teams since 1954 in Baton Rouge, when LSU won 26-19. ... LSU has won 47 straight in Tiger Stadium against nonconference opponents. ... Chattanooga coach Tom Arth is in his first season with the Mocs — and first at the FCS level — after going 40-8 in four years at Division III John Carroll. ... Chattanooga is without QB Alejandro Bennifield, who is sitting out the Mocs' first four games because of what the school has described as an NCAA academic issue. ... LSU's defense hasn't allowed a TD in eight quarters, starting with last season's Citrus Bowl victory over Louisville.
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Posted on Thu, September 7, 2017
by By The Associated Press