College Football by the Numbers: LSU looks to continue streak, Tulane tries to stop one

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LSU escaped with a 21-19 win over Mississippi State on their last trip to Starkville in 2015 (Photo: Terrill Weil).

Week 3 of the college football season is upon us. Here’s an area preview of  the weekend, by the numbers, as Tulane heads to second-ranked Oklahoma while LSU opens Southeastern Conference play at Mississippi State.

4: Number of opponents Tulane is meeting for the first time in 2017, including Oklahoma.

8: Consecutive victories by LSU in Starkville, Mississippi. The last time LSU lost on the road to Mississippi State was 1999, when the Bulldogs won 17-16. The Tigers have come away victorious in 12 of their last 13 visits to Starkville.

11: Number of Football Bowl Subdivision teams who have not committed a turnover entering Week 3. The list includes both LSU and Tulane.

24: Number of times in the last 25 years LSU and Mississippi State have met in either September or October. From 1947-91, every game between the Tigers and Bulldogs took place in November.

35: Number of years since Tulane posted a victory over a nationally ranked team. The Green Wave’s last win over a ranked foe was its 31-28 triumph at LSU in 1982.

53: Yards needed by Tulane’s Dontrell Hilliard to reach the top 10 on Tulane’s career rushing list. Hilliard, who has 1,961 career rushing yards, can also become the 12th Green Wave back to top the 2,000-yard mark.

83.6: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s completion percentage through two games, second-best in the nation. Mayfield also ranks second nationally in passing efficiency.

169.5: Yards allowed per game by LSU’s defense in its first two games, good for fifth-best in the nation. Mississippi State ranks sixth nationally, allowing 174 yards per game.

170: Yards needed by Derrius Guice to reach the top 10 on LSU’s career rushing list. Guice has 2,047 career rushing yards. Former West Jefferson standout Garry James is 10th with 2,217. If Guice gets the mark on Saturday, he’ll also become the sixth back in LSU history with 10 or more career 100-yard rushing games.

301: Difference between the 441 yards per game Oklahoma’s passing game has accumulated this season and the 140 yards per game Tulane’s pass defense has allowed. The Sooners rank third nationally in passing yards, while the Green Wave leads the American Athletic Conference in yards allowed per game.

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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