Huskies need deep ball to snap LSU streaks

September, 7, 2012
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Take a look at the numbers you need, as LSU hosts Washington on Saturday (7 ET on ESPN).

LSU Looks to Extend Streaks
The Tigers have won 38 straight non-conference regular season games, a streak that dates back to 2002. With a win Saturday, LSU will tie the mark for the longest such win streak in the FBS era (since 1978). Kansas State won 39 straight from 1993-03.

While that’s the most notable streak, LSU is also looking to win its 25th straight game in August/September, the longest active streak in FBS.

The Tigers have won 18 straight games at home (also the longest active streak), and are looking to match a school record for consecutive wins at Tiger Stadium, having won 19 in a row from 2007 to 2009.

Baton Rouge is particularly tough on opponents at night. Under Les Miles, LSU is 32-2 in home games at night.

Washington is playing a road game against an SEC opponent for the first time since 1983, and the Huskies are just 1-6 all-time against the SEC since the conference was formed in 1933.

That win came in the 1989 Freedom Bowl against Florida. LSU has captured both previous meetings between these schools, most recently a 31-23 win in Seattle in 2009.

Both of those wins are part of LSU’s 11-game win streak against Pac-12 opponents (using conference membership at the time of the game). You have to go back to 17-12 loss to USC in 1979 to find the last time LSU came up short.

Huskies Will Need the Deep Ball
So how might the Huskies win this one?

It could come down to Washington’s passing game and the LSU secondary.

LSU lost three of its four starters in the secondary. Has that turnover already played a factor? Last week, North Texas threw for two touchdowns. Last season, the Tigers allowed multiple touchdown passes only once (two vs West Virginia) and allowed only seven in all.

However, North Texas was unable to complete a pass thrown 15 yards or longer in five attempts. Only once in their last 15 games have the Tigers allowed an opponent to complete over half of these throws. That was was Alabama in the National Championship Game.

LSU’s defense that allows opponents to complete 19 percent of its throws of 15 yards or longer since the start of last season, including just one completion in 24 attempts by non-SEC opponents.

The Huskies turn to quarterback Keith Price, who completed one of his five passes thrown 15 yards or longer in Week 1 against San Diego State. It was the rare game that the Huskies won, in which Price struggled on these throws.

The Huskies are 5-1 since the start of last season when Price completes at least 50 percent of his 15-yard throws and 2-6 when he does not.

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