FBS RankingOffenseDefense
Rushing210.8 (30th)126.4 (22nd)
Passing201.3 (85th)185.3 (20th)

Tigers report: Inside slant

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As LSU prepares for the stretch run, a shot at the SEC Western Division championship and a possible spot in the national championship race, the Tigers find themselves facing two consecutive SEC road games.

Then again, that's not all bad. Fourth-ranked LSU (8-1, 4-1 SEC) plays at Alabama on Saturday and at Ole Miss on Nov. 22 before playing host to Arkansas on Nov. 28.

"All three are good football teams," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "We have lots of work to do."

Still, LSU has a history of success in Tuscaloosa, and the Tigers also seem to have a thing for playing on the road.

"I think sometimes our players kind of feel like when they're playing at home that maybe everything's going to work out," Saban said, "but that's not being focused on the right things."

The Tigers appeared to be focused on the right things during last week's open date. The last time they faced an open date this season they came back the next week and lost 19-7 at home to Florida on Oct. 11. This time around, the Tigers have promised to learn from that lesson and not repeat that mistake.

"I think this bye week comes in a good spot," offensive tackle Rodney Reed said. "We come back, and we have three games left. If you can't focus and keep the same intensity you've been playing with for three games, then you shouldn't be playing here."

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