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Tigers report: Inside slant

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Forget about Vanderbilt. LSU's biggest opponent this week will be its own battle with turnovers.

The 19th-ranked Tigers will obviously focus on beating Vanderbilt, but the coaches will also be pushing the issue of turnovers after LSU fell to last in the nation in turnover margin, at minus 1.0 per game.

The Tigers (5-2, 2-2 SEC) have lost 19 turnovers this season, with 11 fumbles and eight interceptions. On the other side of the line, the defense have forced only 12 turnovers, with six fumbles and six interceptions.

LSU committed three turnovers last week in a 24-20 comeback victory over Troy. For the third straight game, the Tigers failed to force any turnovers.

"The turnovers are a problem," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "They affect field position."

Troy scored 17 points off those turnovers, so opponents have now scored 42.5 percent of their points off LSU turnovers, the second highest rate in the SEC (51 of 120 points).

"Defensively, we played well, but I guess we've got to play better in the red zone, and we certainly need to get more turnovers," Saban said. "We played the whole game out there and played pretty decent, but we don't get any turnovers, don't affect field position."

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