The gauntlet begins this Saturday night against a 23rd-ranked Ole Miss squad that is desperate for a win after losing a thriller to Arkansas last week.

Ever since LSU lost to Auburn by a second and then watched the Les Miles era end the very next day, the Tigers have picked themselves up off of the canvas and put together two impressive outings.

With their backs pressed firmly against the wall, LSU blew away Missouri, 42-7. In the process, they piled up 634 yards—a school record for most offensive yards in an SEC game.

After having their game against Florida postponed due to Hurricane Matthew, the Tigers returned to the field last Saturday night for a non-conference matchup against Southern Miss.

The affects of the week off seemed to hit LSU hard as they played much of the first half in a sluggish malaise—only producing 121 total yards and being deadlocked with the Golden Eagles, 10-10, at the break.

In the second half, the Tigers roared.

The defense pitched a shutout, and the offense exploded for 338 yards and 35 points in a 45-10 drubbing.

Quarterback Danny Etling was just 4-9 for 63 yards in the first half. In the second, he went 7-9 for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

One touchdown was an 80-yarder to D.J. Chark, and another went to Malachi Dupre for 63 yards.

After a lackluster start to the season for Dupre, he finally had the kind of game LSU fans were expecting before the year began. He finished with three catches for 100 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season.

With Leonard Fournette missing his second straight game with an ankle injury, Derrius Guice stepped in as the starter at running back. Once again, he was impressive—running for 162 yards and two scores.

Guice has made three starts this season. In all three games, he has run for at least 155 yards, and he has scored all six of his touchdowns.

Guice is averaging a ridiculous 9.1 yards per carry in 2016.

Things have been pretty in Baton Rouge in the brief Ed Orgeron era, but the schedule is about to get ugly for the Tigers, starting this week.

LSU will finish the season playing five teams that are currently ranked in the AP top 25. Two of those teams in Alabama and Texas A&M are ranked in the top 6.

The gauntlet begins this Saturday night against a 23rd-ranked Ole Miss squad that is desperate for a win after losing a thriller to Arkansas last week.

The Rebels have lost three games this season, but all three losses have come against teams in the top 17 (No. 1 Alabama, No. 12 Florida State and No. 17 Arkansas). They scored at least 30 in each contest, and they lost by a combined margin of 20 points.

The LSU defense has been superb under first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. They are only giving up 14 points per game, and they have only surrendered six touchdowns—which ranks first in the nation.

In the past two games, they have given up just 17 total points and an average of 251 yards per contest.

However, they’ll face their toughest test on Saturday night.

Ole Miss bolsters one of the best offenses in the country—led by quarterback Chad Kelly. The Rebels average 40 points per game and have scored at least 30 in each contest.

Kelly has passed for 1,849 yards with 14 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 213 yards and three scores.

Tight end Evan Engram has been Ole Miss’ most dangerous weapon this season. He has 590 yards receiving with five touchdowns.

Damore’ea Stringfellow has complimented him well with 22 catches for 331 yards and two scores.

After being totally anemic in the first four games, the Tiger offense has asserted itself in the last two games—scoring at least 42 in each outing and producing 547 yards per contest.

They’ll try to maintain the momentum on Saturday night against a talented but young Ole Miss defense.

The Rebels are ranked just 104th against the run as they yield 213 yards per game.

The LSU rushing attack expects to have Fournette back for the first time since Sept. 24. Offensive linemen Will Clapp and Toby Weathersby are both questionable for the game.

Etling will try to spread the ball around and create more big plays in the passing game as the Tigers face Ole Miss’ 74th-ranked pass defense.

LSU was embarrassed by the Rebels last year, taking a 38-17 loss on the chin.

Orgeron said that he wants that loss to jog his team’s memory. He said, “If they don’t remember it, I’m going to remind them. Those guys whipped our tails.”

Though, the Tigers have been successful against Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium. They have had some close calls, but they have not lost to the Rebels at home since 2008.