The basics

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium

TV: SEC Network

Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana

Series: LSU leads 39-16-1

Last meeting: LSU 35, Kentucky 7 (2011)

The opponent: Kentucky

Record: 5-1 (2-1 Southeastern Conference)

Best win: Defeated South Carolina 45-38 on Oct. 4

Offensive leaders: RB Jojo Kemp (297 yards rushing, 5.3 average, 4 TDs), QB Patrick Towles (120 of 192 passing, 62.5 percent, 1,541 yards, 10 TDs, 4 interceptions)

Defensive leaders: DE Alvin Dupree (28 tackles, 3 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 blocked kick), S A.J. Stamps (27 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 passes defensed)

Rumblings: Picked to finish last in the SEC East, Kentucky has far exceeded those dim expectations midway through the season with a 5-1 record and 2-1 league mark. They certainly earned some respect with a 45-38 win over South Carolina, the SEC East preseason favorite. Their one loss was 36-30 in triple overtime against Florida.

The offense — What you don’t want to hear

Kentucky ranks seventh in rushing in the SEC at 184.2 yards per game and has three tailbacks averaging better than 5.2 yards per carry: Stanley Williams (8.8), Braylon Heard (7.4) and Jojo Kemp (5.3).

The offense — What you do want to hear

While they’re averaging a surprising 36.5 points, there have been a couple of bumps in the road — just 20 points against Ohio and 17 vs. Vanderbilt.

The defense — What you don’t want to hear

The Wildcats have come up with 16 takeaways — including 11 interceptions — and have 17 sacks in six games.

The defense — What you do want to hear

Kentucky hasn’t been great with its back to the wall, allowing opposing offenses to score 11 TDs in 17 trips (65 percent) into the red zone.