Army (2-4) at No. 19 LSU (5-2), 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday (SEC Network)
Line: LSU by 31 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Army leads 1-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
LSU still has a chance to win the SEC, but it also needs to continue building its resume with convincing victories in non-conference play if it is to have any hope of sneaking into the College Football Playoff as a two-loss team. Army needs a strong performance after three straight losses and will need to win four of its final six games to become bowl eligible.
LSU’s defensive front against Army’s running game. Led by QB Bryson Daily, and running backs Hayden Reed and Kanye Udoh, Army averages nearly averages 195 yards rushing and sees time of possession as its key to staying close. LSU has allowed 157 yards rushing per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Army: Udoh, a freshman, rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries (6.9 yards per carry) against Troy last week.
LSU: QB Jayden Daniels leads the nation in total offense with 401.3 yards per game after LSU’s 48-18 victory over Auburn last week. He’s passed for 327.7 yards per game and rushed for 73.6. He also has 22 passing TDs and 26 total TDs.
FACTS & FIGURES
Army won the only other meeting between the teams, 20-0, on Nov. 7, 1931 in West Point … Army’s last win over a team ranked in the AP Top 25 was in 1972, defeating No. 19 Air Force. Army’s last win over a non-service academy-ranked team was in 1968, defeating No. 16 California, 10-7. … Army coach Jeff Monken’s 66 victories ranks second all-time at Army behind only Red Blaik, who won 121 games from 1941 to 1958. Monken has coached at Army since 2014. … LSU is currently riding a school-record streak of six consecutive games with 500 yards of total offense. … LSU is one of only two teams nationally, along with Oregon, to be ranked in the top 10 in both rushing and passing. The Tigers are seventh in passing (337.7 yards per game) and tenth in rushing (214.6). … LSU’s Malik Nabers leads the nation in yards receiving with 860, while the Tigers’ Brian Thomas leads the nation in TDs receiving with nine.
AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-football-poll