Records: Kent State (1-1) vs. LSU (2-0)
Where/When: Tonight, 7 p.m./Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
TV/Radio: ESPNU/WHLO 640 AM.
Head Coaches: Paul Haynes, Kent State (1-1, 1st year); Les Miles, LSU (87-21, 9th year at LSU; 115-42 overall).
Last Year's Records: Kent State (11-3); LSU (10-3).
Series: First-ever meeting.
Latest Line: LSU by 36.
The eighth-ranked Tigers have won an FBS record 43 straight regular-season non-conference games, and they're certainly not expecting that streak to end tonight after rolling to wins in their first two games of 2013 -- 37-27 over No. 24 TCU in Dallas and 56-17 over visiting UAB. ... LSU hired Cam Cameron, a former head coach at the collegiate (University of Indiana) and NFL (Miami Dolphins) levels who served as the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator last season, to run their offense and light a fire under senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger. So far the results have been extremely impressive. After throwing just 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions in 13 starts last year, Mettenberger (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) has thrown for six TDs with no picks this season. He tossed a school-record five touchdown passes in last week's victory over UAB. ... The Tigers feature one of the college football's top breakaway threats in junior wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has caught 10 passes for a team-high 254 yards and three TDs this season. Beckham is also averaging 31.4 yards per kickoff and 19.7 yards per punt return, giving him a nation-leading 251.5 all-purpose yards per contest. . Defensively LSU is young. Eight true freshmen have played already, and even more could see time tonight. Seven members of last year's defense were selected in the NFL Draft. Still the defense is allowing just 277.5 yards per game thus far, with junior defensive end Jermauria Rasco (6-3, 262) leading the way (1.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery). ... LSU is 52-4 against unranked teams, 33-0 in non-conference regular-season games and 51-7 at home under Miles. The Tigers have also won 27 straight games played in the month of September.
The Flashes have won six straight true road games, including five by double-digits, but that streak will face a major challenge tonight. ... Kent State senior speedster Dri Archer will play against LSU after missing last week's loss to Bowling Green due to an ankle injury suffered in the first quarter of the season opener against Liberty. ... Redshirt freshman quarterback Colin Reardon's collegiate career is off to an impressive start. He's completed 36-of-56 passes for 358 yards with four touchdowns, and has yet to throw an interception. Reardon is also KSU's second-leading rusher with 96 yards on 22 carries, trailing only junior running back Trayion Durham (32-116, 3.6 yards per carry). ... Senior wide receiver Tyshon Goode leads the team in catches (12 for 99 yards), while junior wideout Chris Humphrey has caught 10 passes for a team-high 172 yards and two scores. ... Defensively, the Flashes are coming off a disappointing effort against Bowling Green -- surrendering 41 points and 576 yards. They also went a third straight game without forcing a turnover. ... Senior DT Roosevelt Nix became KSU's all-time leader in career tackles for a loss with 56 after recording four against BG. He's second among active FBS players in tackles for a loss, fifth in forced fumbles (10) and 14th in sacks (21.5). ... Star sophomore punter Anthony Melchiori (Aurora) is off to another strong start this season. He's averaging 45.1 yards per boot with four kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. Only two of Melchiori's 10 punts have been returned, for a total of five yards. ... Haynes served as the defensive coordinator last year at Arkansas, and his Razorbacks fell 20-13 at home to LSU. He was also an assistant coach at Ohio State when the Buckeyes fell to the Tigers 38-24 in the 2007 national championship game.