The Green Wave enters Saturday's ballgame with a season record of 1-2 after posting a 35-27 victory over the Sou heastern Louisiana Lions to give first-year head coach Bob Toledo his first Tulane win.
LSU comes to town 4-0 overall, including a 28-16 SEC win over then-No. 12 South Carolina last Saturday in Baton Rouge. Today's ballgame will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN2.
At times this season the Green Wave has struggled on both sides of the ball and faces the chore of putting together a complete ball game against the nation's No. 2-ranked team.
LSU offense: 452.5 yards of total offense per game
Tulane defense: allows 445 yards of total offense per game
LSU: allows 161.5 yards of total offense per game
Tulane: 322.0 yards of total offense per game
Offensively, the Green Wave is led by senior running back Matt Forte. Forte leads the team with 435 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 71 carries and also leads the team in receptions with 11 catches for 80 yards. Forte will be looking for holes against an LSU defense that ranks first nationally in both total defense and rushing defense, allowing opponents only 26.8 yards per game.
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Scelfo will start the first game of his career Saturday against LSU. Scelfo has thrown for 75 yards on nine-of-16 passing so far this season. Scelfo relieves junior Scott Elliott, who started the first three ball games of the season.
While Forte leads the team in receptions, redshirt-freshman Casey Robottom paces the club with 142 receiving yards on seven catches while sophomore wideout Jeremy Williams is second with 135 yards on six receptions.
Defensively, the Green Wave is led by junior linebacker Evan Lee and senior strong safety Joe Goosby who have 29 and 25 tackles, respectively. Senior defensive lineman Antonio Harris leads Tulane with four tackles for loss, including three sacks.
Free safety David Skehan,a fourth-year junior has a pair of interceptions, 20 tackles and a pass break-up and a fumble recovery. Skehan, junior cornerback Josh Lumar and junior defensive end Reggie Scott each have two tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
LSU and Tulane will take the field wearing brand new uniforms supplied by Nike. Both team's jerseys will feature a special Pelican emblem which serves as a tribute to the state bird of Louisiana and stylistically resembles a Phoenix, a symbol of the rebirth of New Orleans after the destruction of Katrina.
This weekend's game marks the 96th meeting between the two schools in a series that began in 1893. LSU holds the advantage in the all-time series, 66-22-7, including a 49-7 victory last year at Tiger Stadium. The last time Tulane defeated LSU was on Nov. 27, 1982 when the Green Wave wrapped up a 4-7 season with a 31-28 upset of the Orange Bowl-bound Tigers in Tiger Stadium.