THIS WEEK'S GAME: Ole Miss at LSU, Nov. 20 -- The Tigers can no longer win the SEC East or play in a BCS Bowl, but they proved last week in a 26-10 victory over Alabama that playing for pride is enough motivation. If they continue to take care of the ball and force turnovers as they did last week, they'll be hard to beat.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
DE Marcus Spears -- Spears stepped up in a close game and recorded eight total tackles, five solo stops and two sacks. He also forced a fumble that teammate Cameron Vaughn returned eight yards for a touchdown and a 13-10 lead.
QBs Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell -- Russell continues to start and Randall continues to come off the bench, but neither one has clearly stepped in front of the other and claimed the job with his performance on the field. They combined to complete 6 of 14 passes for a touchdown and 91 yards, a season-low for yardage. Over the past two weeks Russell and Randall have combined for only 25 pass attempts after averaging more than 30 throws a game in the first seven games.
LSU's revamped offensive line helped the Tigers gain 283 total yards against Alabama's top-ranked defense last week, including 192 rushing yards on 44 carries. The line played its first game without senior center Ben Wilkerson, who is out for the season with a season-ending knee injury. Rudy Niswanger made his first start at center, Brian Johnson made his first career start at right tackle and Nate Livings moved from right tackle to right guard, Niswanger's old job. "Rudy did a great job of being there and making the calls and directing the offensive line," left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "We finally have something to build off of, and we're proud of our team."
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