- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Louisiana-Monroe (2-0) at No. 10 LSU (2-0), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: LSU by 31.

Series Record: LSU leads 2-0


LSU cannot afford an upset, or perhaps even a close game against Louisiana-Monroe if the Tigers want to remain a top 10 team. LSU is also looking to capitalize on what amounts to its last nonconference tuneup before the Tigers open Southeastern Conference play against Mississippi State. Louisiana-Monroe is off to a strong start and a loss at LSU won’t unhinge the Warhawks’ hopes for a Sun Belt Conference title or a bowl bid.


ULM transfer QB Pete Thomas against LSU’s deep and experienced secondary. Thomas passed for 384 yards and two scores last weekend in a 38-31 victory over Idaho. LSU’s secondary has multiple interceptions in each of the Tigers’ first two games.


Louisiana-Monroe: WR Ajalen Holley is coming off a career-best game, making six catches for 175 yards.

LSU: Travin Dural is by far LSU’s leading receiver so far, with six catches for 291 yards and four TDs. However, Dural needed stitches after his involvement in a car accident early Sunday. This week he didn’t practice until Wednesday, but was expected to play.


LSU currently has the nation’s longest regular-season nonconference winning streak at 47 straight. … LSU also has won 10 straight overall in Tiger Stadium and 41 in a row in Death Valley against nonconference opponents. … Louisiana-Monroe has forced a turnover in 28 straight games, second longest such streak in the nation behind only Missouri’s 46 straight games. … ULM has defeated at least one power-five team in each of the last three seasons. .. Dural has more yards receiving (291) through the first two games of a season than any player in LSU history. He’s averaging 48.5 yards per catch. … LSU has played 16 true freshmen through the first two weeks of the season, which is the most in a true freshman class to see action under coach Les Miles. Four freshmen scored last week against Sam Houston State. … LSU has scored 11 TDs this year and freshmen and sophomores have accounted for nine.



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