LSU SECONDARY vs. TEXAS A&M QB KYLE ALLEN
Kyle Allen has completed 61 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. In his previous two contests against Auburn and Missouri, Allen threw for 514 yards with eight touchdowns and only three interceptions. He’ll face an LSU secondary that continues to be the best in the Southeastern Conference, allowing an average of 164 passing yards per game.
LSU QB ANTHONY JENNINGS vs. TEXAS A&M SECONDARY
Talk of Brandon Harris getting more playing time has begun to circulate. On the other hand, Jennings will face a Texas A&M secondary that ranks No. 12 in the SEC. The Aggies have surrendered 236.3 passing yards per game, and Jennings hasn’t thrown an interception in four games away from Tiger Stadium. Thursday will be a prime opportunity for Jennings to end a roller-coaster season on a high note.
LSU OFFENSIVE LINE vs. TEXAS A&M DE MYLES GARRETT
LSU’s revamped line will have to work in sync to defend against the Texas A&M freshman. Garrett has been a star in his rookie season, recording 46 total tackles (12½ for loss) and 11 sacks, ranking No. 2 in the SEC. After missing his last game against Missouri with a concussion, Garrett should return against LSU.
“I think no matter what you do with the remainder of the carries, what we’ve done is we’ve partitioned off the packages. Certain packages are better with other guys. We’re in a position where we want to play the better guy at the things that we’re asking them to do. We’re going to kind of move them around that way.”
— LSU coach Les Miles addressing why RB Leonard Fournette did not get more carries against Arkansas.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 — Number of times LSU has lost back-to-back games during Les Miles’ tenure as coach. The Tigers dropped consecutive games to Alabama and Arkansas.
36 — Rushing yards LSU gained on 32 carries against Arkansas. The Tigers averaged 1.1 yards.
164 — Passing yards per game LSU’s secondary has allowed in 2014, ranking it No. 1 in the SEC.