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Mississippi State running back Aeris Williams (22) jumps over the tackle attempt by LSU cornerback Andraez Williams (29) to set up Mississippi State's second touchdown during the first half at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday Sept. 16, 2017, in Starkville, Miss..

Two Matchups To Watch

SU WR Steve Ishmael vs. LSU CBs Greedy Williams or Donte Jackson

The 6-2, 209-pound Ishmael has twice as many catches (34) as the next wideout. He’s averaging 11 yards a catch and 129 yards a game. Williams has two interceptions already this season, and teams have been afraid to throw on Jackson. He says he’s been targeted just five times in the first three games. That’ll likely increase Saturday.

LSU O-line vs. Syracuse’s defensive front

The Tigers offensive line got “handled” against MississippiState, coach Ed Orgeron said earlier this week. How they respond against the Orange will go a long way in realizing their potential in 2017. LSU ran for more than 250 yards on Syracuse in 2015, pushing the Orange around up front as Leonard Fournette ripped off three 30-plus yard runs.

LSU: Keep An Eye On No. 26

Fourth-year junior John Battle is the captain of LSU’s secondary, a unit that struggled at MississippiState, allowing two long touchdowns on busted coverages. How will the DBs respond against a team that throws the ball 43 times a game?

Syracuse: Keep An Eye on No. 2

Orange QB Eric Dungey is Syracuse’s leader through the air (262 yards a game) and on the ground (69 yards a game). The 6-4, 222-pound junior is an experienced player with a high-powered arm operating an explosive, fast-paced offense. He’s dangerous.

Numbers to know


LSU and Alabama only teams with no turnovers in three games.


First-time LSU starters this season, including six freshmen.


LSU’s home non-conference win streak, tied for fifth-most ever.


Yards Derrius Guice needs to make LSU’s top-10 career rushing list

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