- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sam Houston State (1-1) at No. 12 LSU (1-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)

Line: N/A

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

LSU has moved up a spot in the national rankings after a season opening victory over Wisconsin and doesn’t want to slide back down the poll, which could happen with anything less than a convincing victory over their second-tier Football Championship Subdivision opponent. Sam Houston State aims to make national headlines by playing the Tigers close and perhaps even staging an upset, and wants to stay healthy for its Southland Conference slate in the process.

KEY MATCHUP

Sam Houston State’s fast-paced, pass-happy offense, which has averaged 613.5 yards through two games, against LSU’s talented defense, which is led by an experienced secondary that produced a pair of interceptions last weekend.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sam Houston State: QB Jared Johnson has averaged 351.5 yards passing with five TDs through two starts. WR LaDarius Brown, a transfer from TCU, has nine catches for 110 yards.

LSU: WR Travin Dural had three catches for 151 yards, including an 80-yard TD against Wisconsin last weekend.

FACTS & FIGURES

LSU is 9-0 all-time against FCS teams and have gone 6-0 under 10th-year coach Les Miles, outscoring those six opponents 232-64. … LSU has the nation’s longest regular season nonconference winning streak of 46, including 36-0 under Miles. … Sam Houston is facing its 30th Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since starting play at the FCS level in 1986. All 29 previous games have been on the road, and the Bearkats have won three of them, winning at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2000, at Louisiana-Monroe in 2001 and at New Mexico in 2011. This game will mark the fifth time Sam Houston State has played a nationally ranked FBS squad. … Among FCS teams, the Bearkats are ranked 13th nationally in the NCAA Coaches Poll. … The game will be the first played in Tiger Stadium since the completion of a new high-end section above the old south end zone stands. The new structure essentially closes in one of the nation’s loudest stadiums on three sides and increases capacity to just more than 102,000.

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