Unranked Washington could rise in stature quickly with a victory over a high-ranked team in one of the toughest road venues in college football. LSU looks to remain ranked among the nation’s elite teams and has a couple of streaks on the line. The Tigers seek their 39th straight regular season win over a nonconference opponent, which would tie an all-time mark set by Kansas State from 1993-2003. LSU also has won 18 straight in Tiger Stadium.
LSU’s deep and powerful running game against Washington’s defensive front. Last week, LSU gained 316 yards on the ground against North Texas and the Huskies gave up 199 yards rushing against San Diego State. If the Huskies can’t slow down LSU RBs Kenny Hilliard, Alfred Blue, Michael Ford and Spencer Ware, it could become a one-sided game with the Tigers dominating time of possession.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Washington: Washington QB Keith Price threw for 3,063 yards last season, second most in school history, and he has a big target in 6-foot-6, 266-pound TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who had a career-high nine receptions for 82 yards last week.
LSU: RB Hilliard rushed for 141 yards and two TDs on only 13 carries last week for an average of 10.8 yards per carry. PR-WR Odell Beckham Jr. returned one punt 70 yards for a TD and had a 76-yard punt return TD called back for an illegal block.
FACTS & FIGURES
Washington has not played a road game against a Southeastern Conference team since visiting Baton Rouge in 1983, a game won by the Tigers, 40-14. … The Huskies are 2-9 all-time against teams currently in the SEC … Price amassed a career-high 25 completions last week against SDSU and finished with 222 yards passing and a TD and no INTs. … Under coach Les Miles, LSU is 28-0 in regular season games against non-conference opponents. … LSU is 21-4 all-time against current members of the Pac-12. The Tigers have won 11 straight against Pac-12 teams, with the last loss coming to USC in 1979. … LSU has not lost at home since falling 13-3 to then-No. 1 Florida on Oct. 10, 2009. … LSU LT Chris Faulk will miss the game with an undisclosed injury. … The Tigers have won their last 22 games played in the month of September.
Fresno State (1-0) at No. 4 Oregon (1-0), 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Line: Oregon by 33 1/2.
Series Record: Oregon leads 5-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
This will be Tim DeRuyter’s first road game as coach at Fresno State. The Bulldogs have not defeated a ranked opponent since 2004 when they beat No. 18 Virginia in the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 14 straight games, including last weekend’s home-opening 57-34 victory over Arkansas State. Fresno State has not defeated the Ducks since a 10-4 victory at Autzen Stadium in 1982.