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CRAWFORD | Ten things to know about LSU football

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WDRB) — The University of Louisville football team will face LSU for the first time in school history on Saturday in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

Here are ten quick things to know about the Tigers, who are 7-4 heading into the game, including 5-2 after Ed Orgeron took over for the fired Les Miles after four games.

1). Star running back Leonard Fournette won’t play in the game, deciding to skip it to focus on preparation for the NFL Draft after an injury-filled season. But his replacement, sophomore Derrius Guice, is no mere back-up.

Guice became only the second player in SEC history to run for more than 250 yards twice in the same season in 2016 (the other is Kentucky’s Moe Williams). Only four SEC backs have managed to run for better than 250 twice in their career, Guice, Williams, Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson.

In his last game, Guice set a school record with 285 yards rushing against Texas A&M. He broke a record set by Fournette last season by one yard.

Guice ranks seventh nationally with 7.96 yards per carry (1,249 yards on 157 carries) and has 14 touchdowns.

2). LSU’s defense has given up only 16 touchdowns in 11 games this season. The Tigers have surrendered only 27 points in the first quarter and 33 in the third quarter. Until the season-finale against Texas A&M, LSU was the final remaining FBS team that hadn’t allowed an opponent more than 21 points in a game.

Under Orgeron, LSU has held opponents scoreless in 14 of the 28 quarters it has played. It held top-ranked Alabama scoreless in the first half.

3). In all five of its victories under Orgeron, LSU has scored at least 38 points.

4). LSU has lost just seven non-conference games since 2001, and went from 2002 to 2015 without losing any non-conference game in the regular season.

5). Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson will be the third newly crowned Heisman Trophy winner LSU has faced in a bowl game. How did the other two fare?

Oklahoma’s Jason White completed just 13 of 37 passes for 102 yards and was sacked five times in a 21-14 loss to Oklahoma on Jan. 4, 2004. Penn State’s John Cappelletti carried 26 times for 50 yards and a touchdown and had one catch for 40 yards in a 16-9 Penn State victory on New Year’s Day, 1974.

6). LSU has three first-team All-Americans, including consensus All-American defensive back Tre’Davious White. The others are center Ethan Pocic and defensive back Jamal Adams. With Adams and White, LSU now has produced 10 first-team All-American defensive backs in the past 13 seasons. 

7). In its four losses this season, LSU allowed only three touchdowns. Its four losses were by a combined 23 points. The outcome of two of those was decided on the final play of the game (Florida and Auburn).

8). LSU is making its 48th bowl appearance and 17th straight — the longest streak in school history and second-longest streak in the SEC behind Georgia. LSU is 24-22-1 all-time in bowl games. Its 24 bowl wins rank 10th nationally, while the 48 appearances is eighth-most in the nation. Only Florida State (35), Virginia Tech (24), Georgia (21) and Oklahoma (18) have longer active bowl streaks.

9). LSU has faced Louisville twice in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Louisville and Darrell Griffith eliminated LSU 86-66 in the Elite Eight in 1980 on its way to the school’s first NCAA championship. In 1986, the Cardinals beat the Tigers 86-77 in the Final Four in Dallas. LSU is 1-8 all-time against Louisville in basketball. 

10). LSU is looking to keep a streak of eight-win seasons alive against Louisville. Coming into the game at 7-4, LSU has won at least eight games in every season since 2000. That streak of 16 straight eight-win seasons leads all Power 5 programs, and ranks behind only Boise State, which has won at least eight in 18 straight seasons, in the FBS.

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