LSU at Vanderbilt Date: September 11, 2010 (6 p.m. CT) Location: Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773) Nashville, TN Click Here to Buy Tickets
Coach: Les Miles (6th year, 51-15)
Conference: Southeastern (West)
Colors: Purple and Gold
2009 record: 9-4, 5-3 SEC
Postseason: Capital One Bowl (Lost to Penn State, 19-17)
Highest ranking/Final ranking: 4/17
Returning starters: 12 (6 offense, 4 defense, 2 special teams)
Most impressive win of 2009: In a series that had been close in recent years, LSU routed Auburn 31-10 at Tiger Stadium on Oct. 24. Auburn wound up finishing 8-5 on the season; the 10 points they scored against LSU represented a season low.
Worst loss: In one of the stranger conclusions to an SEC game in 2009, the Tigers mismanaged the clock at the end of a 25-23 loss to unranked Ole Miss on Nov. 21. Jordan Jefferson hit Terrance Toliver with a 43-yard pass on fourth down to put the Tigers at the Rebel 5-yard line, but confusion reigned and time expired before LSU could get off another play.
Last time LSU played Vanderbilt: The Tigers and Commodores clashed last Sept. 12 on a rainy night at Tiger Stadium. LSU outlasted Vanderbilt, 23-9, in both teams' conference openers. It was quarterback Larry Smith's first start against an SEC team.
Vanderbilt-LSU series: LSU leads 21-7-1. Overall, LSU has won the last six games in this series since the Commodores last triumphed, a 24-21 victory at Vanderbilt Stadium in 1990.
Notes: Les Miles tops Tiger coaches in all-time winning percentage at LSU at .773 ... Jordan Jefferson was LSU's second youngest starting quarterback in a season opener in 2009 against Washington at just over 19 years of age; his third career start came the following week against the Commodores ... The Tigers have held Vanderbilt under 10 points in four straight meetings ... Zac Stacy rushed for 89 yards against LSU last season, giving him an average of 111 rushing yards over the season's first two games ... LSU has won 17 of its past 18 games played before October.