As the season progressed LSU became much tougher to beat in the running game -- on both sides of the ball. The Tigers enter the bowl season leading the SEC in rushing offense and defense, running for 200.7 yards per game and holding opponents to 104.5 yards per game.
The quarterback position, shared by senior Marcus Randall and redshirt freshman JaMarcus Russell, has been up and down throughout the season. When Randall has been consistent, LSU has been tough to beat. When both struggle, it's tough to overcome.
GAME OF THE YEAR
LSU 24, Florida 21 -- After losing to Auburn and Georgia on the road in a three-week period, LSU traveled to Florida for another road game against a ranked team. Florida led 21-7 before LSU rallied in the second half behind senior QB Marcus Randall, who drove the Tigers 50 yards for the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard pass to RB Joseph Addai with 27 seconds left. The Tigers haven't lost since.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
LSU's running game vs. Iowa's run defense -- LSU has won down the stretch this season by pounding opponents with the running game, but Iowa leads the Big Ten in run defense, allowing just 90.2 rushing yards per game.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think to some degree the Big Ten looks forward to playing the SEC, and I think everybody needs to know that. ... I think that's an indication of how the Big Ten looks at playing the SEC relative to what they'd like to try to accomplish from a conference standpoint and a conference pride standpoint, and I think that our players need to recognize that." -- LSU coach Nick Saban, who spent five years in the Big Ten as Michigan State's head coach before moving to LSU in 1999.
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