Les Miles is in his third season at LSU with a record of 33-6 (.846) and in his 7th season overall with a record of 61-27 (.693). The Tigers' offensive coordinator is Gary Crowton and the defensive coordinator is Bo Pelini.
Jim Tressel is in his seventh season at Ohio State with a record of 73-15 (.830) and 22nd overall with a record of 208-72-2 (.741). The Buckeyes' offensive coordinator is Jim Bollman and the defensive coordinator is Jim Heacock.
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Offensive tackle Ciron Black and RB Jacob Hester received second-team All-SEC honors on offense. Black started all 13 games for the Tigers, while Hester collected 1,17 rushing yards and scored a team-high 11 touchdowns on the ground. Herman Johnson, a junior offensive guard, was named to the first-team on offense. Johnson anchored a line that helped LSU average 218 rushing yards per game. Terrance Toliver pulled down 10 receptions for 249 yards and three scores as a first-year receiver.
All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis set a career best with 19 tackles in the win over Wisconsin. Laurinaitis has led or tied for the OSU team lead in tackles in 15 of the last 24 games. Vernon Gholston now shows 13 sacks for the season, tying him for first place all-time. Gholston's 21.5 sacks for his career rank him seventh in single-season sacks and sixth among career leaders.
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Despite battling knee and lower back ailments for the last half of the season, Glenn Dorsey still managed 64 tackles, 11.5 tackles for losses and six sacks. Craig Stelz led the Tigers with 97 tackles and ranking first in the conference with six interceptions. Steltz, who was also one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award, added five tackles for losses and seven pass breakups for the Tigers in 2007. Ali Highsmith ranks second on the team with 93 total tackles, including 7.5 tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks.
In his first year as a starter, junior Todd Boeckman was named first-team All-Big Ten after leading the league in passing efficiency (150.3). He is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 2,171 yards and 23 touchdowns. Brian Robiskie is Ohio State's top target for the season, with 50 catches for 885 yards and 10 scores to his credit. Third among Big Ten rushers this season at 121.9 yards per game, Chris Wells has 1,463 yards for the season, the seventh best total in Ohio State history.
Colt David set the LSU single-season record with 25 field goals this season. He also led the SEC in scoring with 139 points, including the rushing touchdown against South Carolina. Patrick Fisher averaged 43.9 yards per kick to lead the SEC and pinned 12 of his 56 punts inside the 20 yard line. Each received first-team All-SEC honors. Chad Jones had 16 punt returns for 104 yards and averaged 22.5 yards per kickoff return in four attempts.
Ohio State ranks sixth in the nation for fewest total punts, having punted only 39 times in 2007. Brian Hartline broke an Ohio State record that had stood since 1950 with a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Kent State win. Against Northwestern, Larry Grant blocked a Wildcat punt; Grant also blocked a Washington field goal attempt the previous week.
Record: OSU, 1-0-1 • Last: Tied, 13-13 (1987 at Baton Rouge)
The Tigers and Buckeyes have met twice on the gridiron, first with a 13-13 tie in 1987 in Baton Rouge before Ohio State won 36-33 in Columbus in 1988... It will mark LSU's second appearance in the BCS Championship Game as the Tigers beat Oklahoma 21-14 to claim the BCS title in 2003... The game against Oklahoma was also played in the Louisiana Superdome ... LSU is also making an appearance in a BCS bowl game for the second straight year and the fourth time overall... LSU's other national championship in football came in 1958.