Gameday’s getting closer for the Huskies and LSU — UW will leave after tomorrow’s practice.
It’s no secret this is regarded as a daunting task, with UW remaining a 23.5.-point underdog.
And LSU’s game notes point out some of the reasons not a lot of people nationally will expect UW to win. To wit:
— LSU is now 28-0 under Les Miles is non-conference regular season games;
— LSU is one win away from tying the Tiger Stadium record for consecutive victories at 19. LSU hasn’t lost a home game since a 13-3 setback to No. 1 Florida on Oct. 10, 2009;
— LSU has returned a punt for a touchdown in 3 of its last 4 games dating back to last year;
— LSU has scored 18 special teams touchdowns under Les Miles (10 punt returns, 3 kickoff returns, 2 returns of a blocked field goal, 1 return of a fumbled punt, 1 return of a blocked punt, and 1 fake field goal);
— LSU has won 22 straight games during the month of September, a streak that dates back to a 7-3 loss at Auburn in 2006;
— LSU is 37-4 under Les Miles, including 21 straight victories, when having fewer turnovers than its opponent;
— LSU stands one victory shy of the FBS all-time record for consecutive victories over non-conference opponents in the regular season. Kansas State owns the record of 39 straight wins from 1993-2003. LSU has won 38 consecutive nonconference regular season contests;
— LSU has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing 15 times under defensive coordinator John “Chief” Chavis. The Tigers have held opponents under 100 yards rushing in 10 out of the last 15 contests dating back to last season;
— 61 players on the LSU roster have never lost a game in which they have played at least one snap in Tiger Stadium (21 saw their first snap at home last week against North Texas);
— LSU is 21-4 all-time against current members of the Pac-12, which includes a 4-0 record under Les Miles.
Now for some links. …
— Percy Allen examines the culture of LSU football.
— Steve Kelley writes about the challenge UW’s offensive line will face Saturday.
— Bud Withers says it was a tough first weekend for the Pac-12.
— Withers also rates UW’s as the No. 6 performance in the Pac-12 in the opening week.
— ESPN.com’s Kevin Gemmell has UW in his top 25.
— Here’s one listed public tailgate for UW fans at LSU.
— The note on turnovers listed above is obviously a key one. And Football Outsiders says the UW-San Diego State game was one of the games last weekend in which turnovers played the biggest role.
— Steve Sarkisian was a guest on the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio earlier this week. Listen here.
— Here’s Pre-Snap Read’s preview of LSU, worth an obvious review this week.
— ESPN’s Trevor Matich breaks down the game.
— Here’s the AP preview of the game.
— One pick of LSU.
— NOLA.com’s notebook updates a couple of injuries.
— ESPN’s LSU site says the Tigers will have their hands full with Keith Price.
— Tyrann Mathieu is back in school at LSU but won’t play football until at least 2013.
— A few LSU-related links.
— CBSSports.com details which Pac-12 players helped and hurt their draft stock in week one.
— The NCAA is officially looking into the latest with USC.
— Here’s the Pac-12 rundown from The Oregonian.
— Lots of Pac-12 links from The Spokesman-Review.
— The National Football Post has UW fifth in its Pac-12 power ratings.
— Sunday Morning QB has some links around college football.
— Interesting look at first-week attendance figures from Pat Forde.