Tigers hope big crowd is big advantage against Ole Miss

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 21:  Akeem Judd #21 of the Mississippi Rebels avoids a tackle by Deion Jones #45 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 21: Akeem Judd #21 of the Mississippi Rebels avoids a tackle by Deion Jones #45 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Ole Miss LSU is one of the best rivalry games in college football, but this season the stakes are higher, for the Tigers’ interim head coach.

Ed Orgeron, who coached Ole Miss for three seasons, is 2-0 after taking over for the dismissed Les Miles. Coach O can put a major accomplishment on his resume’ with a victory over the Rebels.

Orgeron, who was 10-25 in three seasons, said his days in Oxford are a very distant memory.

“That is a long time ago,” said Orgeron. “It is far from my memory.”

LSU is a 5 and a half point favorite in the game. Defense is likely the reason. LSU, under new coordinator Dave Aranda is 4th in the FBS in scoring defense, allowing 14 points a game. Ole Miss is 87th, allowing 30.3 yards a game.

The Tigers have won the last three meetings in Baton Rouge. Quarterback Danny Etling and cornerback Donte Jackson said they look forward to wearing purple and gold in a big game atmosphere.

LSU will get at least two key players back from injury.

Running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) and guard Will Clapp (shoulder) are expected to play.

Kickoff is 8pm. The game will be televised by ESPN.