The number six Lindenwood Lions are in a rare position this weekend as they try to bounce back from a regular season loss for just the first time since early in the 2008 season. The Lions will look to avoid back-to-back losses when they host Avila tonight at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium.

The Lions fell to number six in the national rankings this week after a 26-20 loss last Saturday to now number five MidAmerica Nazarene. Lindenwood hurt itself in that game with five turnovers, including four in the second half when it did not score a single point.

Lindenwood faces a similar built squad this week in Avila. Avila’s offense is led by its running game which is averaging 165.0 yards the last two games. Defensively, the Eagles are allowing just 166.3 passing yards a contest.

Despite last week’s setback, the Lions still have one of the top offenses in the country, ranking first in total offense and passing yards, and second in scoring. Defensively, Lindenwood is in the top 15 in the NAIA in scoring defense.

History is on Lindenwood’s side in tonight’s matchup. The Lions have won six straight in the series and Avila has never won in St. Charles. Lindenwood has also won 21 straight games on its home turf.

Kick off is set for 6:00 tonight.