LSU seeking to gain ground on Alabama

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Compared to recent years, LSU's ground game has run aground. The ninth-ranked Tigers are averaging 141.5 yards rushing, or 25 yards per game off their pace from a season earlier and 73 yards below their average in 2007. The only time LSU's had a 100-yard rusher in a single game this season was when Charles Scott did it last weekend in a 42-0 victory over Tulane.

Coach Les Miles says he still believes in his running runners and offensive line, but notes that they must improve to give LSU some balance at No. 3 Alabama on Saturday. LSU's biggest challenge on defense will be stopping the run. The Crimson Tide averages 218 yards rushing and star running back Mark Ingram already has surpassed 1,000 yards this season.

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