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9/18/14 5:30 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

LSU fans are really getting pumped about this Saturday’s conference opener, and it has been great hearing from many of you about Mississippi State and their quarterback Dak Prescott. Being that Prescott is from Louisiana (Haughton High School) and that Les Miles called him “as good a quarterback as there is in the league,” many of you have asked how it is that LSU missed out on signing him, so I figured I would briefly address that question today. LSU did in fact recruit Prescott, but they were late to the party. Mississippi State was one of the first schools to offer him, and they never relented. LSU started really pursuing Prescott late in his senior season and for a while it looked like Miles was going to flip him, but it turned out to be too little too late. LSU ended up taking two quarterbacks that year for the 2011 signing class – Stephen Rivers and a JUCO quarterback from Butler Community College named Zach Mettenberger.

When the Tigers take on Mississippi State Saturday at 6 p.m., a record-breaking crowd is expected at Tiger Stadium. If you plan on heading to the game, you might want to read these reminders and suggestions issued by LSU last night and make plans to arrive early. Oh, and wear gold as this is the annual Gold Game. 

Last night I enjoyed listening to the Les Miles radio show and hearing what the Coach had to say about last week’s game and Saturday’s big contest. Below is my weekly recap:

• The first caller of the night was Sadie from Denton, Texas who asked Coach Miles two questions: Is it hard to motivate his team for non-conference opponents, and what are the keys to victory for this week’s game? Miles answered the first question by saying that his team works so hard that when we they get to the backend of the week they need victory. As for keys to victory this week, Miles said they must run and throw with balance, get some big plays running and passing, take care of the ball and make good decisions. He added that the defense and special teams have to play well and that all three phases have to compliment each other.

• Gary from Baton Rouge asked about the health of Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis and whether we would see them this weekend. He also asked when we would see “the unleashing” of Malachi Dupre at receiver. Miles answered by saying that Dupre is improving everyday, and that he will see the field Saturday night. As for Alexander and Lewis, they are both healthy and will play. He added that Deion Jones and Duke Riley had great games in their places and that their speed was visible from the sideline. And even though Gary didn’t ask about Kendell Beckwith this time, as he usually does, Miles added that Beckwith is developing quite nicely and will be a very, very good middle linebacker.

• A little later, Rickey from Birmingham asked Coach Miles to explain how the offense could be penalized for lining up in neutral zone when the ball was not even snapped. Miles clarified by saying that once a receiver takes a position [beyond the line of scrimmage] and maintains it without movement, then he is aligned offsides. He added that the official was trying to backup DJ Chark, but that he never noticed.

• Michael from Loranger asked something like, “Am I missing something or is Malachi Dupre just entering in the 4th quarter? Miles answered very matter-of-factly with something like, “No, I don’t think you are.”

• Patrick from Mandeville called to ask about the offensive line, saying the holes seem smaller than last year and that Jennings has been under pressure often. Miles pointed out that center Elliot Porter was sidelined in the first two games and didn’t play his best in the third, but that once Porter gets comfortable at center, and Elliot Porter moves to a guard or tackle position the O-line will be better.

• The next caller was a lady who very disrespectfully asked why LSU is ranked No. 8 when they haven’t even played any reputable opponent. Miles reminded the caller that they played a very good school from the Big-10 in Wisconsin and that the other two opponents were undefeated. He added that the ranking is justified, and that the caller seemed to be looking at LSU through glasses tinted red, green or some other color.

• Brett from Lake Charles asked why the Tigers aren’t spreading the ball out a little more and said the team seems to excel with the spread, read option, and play action. Miles responded by saying they’ve worked in the spread formation during every practice and are getting there, but that his personnel can operate in a variety of formations and attacks. He added that his team will have to defend an interesting spread offense against MSU.

• A little later, Jason from the live audience said he noticed Willie Robertson (of Duck Dynasty) was talking to Coach Miles before the game and asked if he was giving Miles advice on growing a beard. Miles said no to the beard and added that he really likes Willie and what he stands for. Interestingly, Miles added that he first met Willie at a lively poker game and really enjoyed it.

• The Evil Twin, a longtime regular on the show, asked how many freshmen would play this year, and how difficult it is to motivate the youngsters. Miles said they’ve already put 17 on the field and that motivating them is not difficult at all, as they work hard and want to be champions.

• Back to the phone lines, Paul from Lake Charles asked Miles what team he fears the most this season. Miles answered by saying that fear is not a part of it, adding that if the Tigers play as they are capable, execute well and don’t turn the ball over, then they win.

• Jack from Lafayette asked about the status of Jerald Hawkins who was injured last week, and also whether LSU would be wearing any different uniforms this year. Miles said that Hawkins was just nicked in the game and probably could have returned, and that he’s fine now and will play. As for the uniforms, Miles didn’t rule out wearing something new at some point this season but said he's a purist and enjoys LSU's traditional uniforms.

• Quentin from Walker called Miles how he feels about the Tigers having the third best defense in nation and whether they can they keep it up all season even against SEC competition. Miles answered affirmatively, saying that although he has great respect for his opponents he believes LSU can maintain excellent defensive play.

I hope you enjoyed this roughly interpreted summary of the show’s key points.

In basketball news, several tip-times for this seasons games were announced yesterday, and I’ve updated our 2014-15 LSU Basketball Schedule accordingly. Here’s the press release sent out by LSU on the start times and TV coverage announced yesterday.

MORE LSU BASKETBALL GAMES MOVED TO SEC NETWORK; SEVERAL START TIMES ANNOUNCED

BATON ROUGE – The Southeastern Conference announced which non-conference games will appear on the SEC Network and also filled in some of the blanks for the starting times for several leagues games.

The SEC Network picked up five non-conference games at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center:  UMass (Dec. 2, 6 p.m.); Sam Houston (Dec. 13, 6 p.m.); Charleston (Dec. 22, 8 p.m.); Southern Miss (Dec. 29, 6 p.m.); and, Savannah State (Jan. 3, 6 p.m.).

Three games will air over SECNetwork+ on WatchESPN.com – the exhibition on Nov. 7 against Morehouse (7 p.m.); the regular season opener against Gardner-Webb (noon, Nov. 15); and, the Nov. 29 game against McNeese State (7 p.m.).

Give more SEC game start times have also been announced with the Jan. 24 game at Vanderbilt on ESPNU now set for a 5 p.m. tipoff; the Jan. 31 game at Mississippi State on the SEC Network will go at 1 p.m.; the first meeting with Tennessee in Knoxville will tip at 3 p.m. on the SEC Network (Feb. 14) while the contest with Ole Miss on Feb. 28 will have a 1 p.m. start on the Fox Sports Network.

The home finale on March 4 against Tennessee will be televised by the SEC Network at 6 p.m. The only conference start time not announced yet is the March 7 tilt at Arkansas to close the regular season, but it is known that the contest will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

The only non-conference game waiting a tip time (other than the later rounds of the Paradise Jam) is the Dec. 18 game at UAB.

Ticket information for the 2014-15 LSU men’s basketball season can be found at LSUtix.net. Follow LSU Basketball on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUBasketball and on Twitter @LSUBasketball.

A couple of tidbits in closing:

• I will be updating our Ticket Exchange later this morning, so if you’re looking for tickets to this weekend’s game (or any game), be sure to check it out.


• Also, please note that the deadline for picking this week’s games in our Louisiana High School Football Pickem is tomorrow at 5 p.m. If you haven’t yet signed up to play, please know that it’s not too late as we’ll be naming a winner each week. It fun and free and I encourage you to participate. But even if you don’t participate, you can still refer to our weekly schedule of every LHSAA high school football game played.

Reader Comments: Scott, thanks for sharing the link to the YA Title article. Here’s another great read you might want to share with DandyDon readers: Juggling life as an active-duty Marine and a LSU football player is a rewarding challenge for Luke Boyd.

9/17/14 5:45 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU football team is busy preparing for what will be its most important game of the season so far when they take on SEC West foe, Mississippi State.

After three games this season, it’s hard to know just how good this LSU team is, but we should have a much better idea after Saturday’s game. At this point in time, LSU’s defense looks to be dominant and is ranked among the nation’s best in several categories. These include a No. 2 ranking in scoring defense at 8.3 points per game, and a No. 3 ranking in three categories: yards per play (3.53), total defense (205.7 ypg), and pass defense (94.3 ypg). In addition, LSU is one of just eight schools nationally that has yet to allow a passing touchdown. Those numbers are impressive anyway you look at them, but it’s hard to know just how significant they are considering that LSU hasn’t yet faced SEC competition or a quarterback like MSU’s Dak Prescott. Likewise, it’s hard to know how good Mississippi State is considering they’ve played Southern Miss, UAB and South Alabama.

Even though stats never tell the whole story, and they tell even less this early in the season, I thought it would be interesting to compare the two teams’ stats. This is something we’ll do for every game this season, and as the season progresses the stats should be more and more telling. Here we go…

LSU - MSU Stats

A few observations about the stats:

• MSU holds a moderate advantage in most offensive stats, while LSU holds a significant advantage in the defensive stats, as you would expect after reading the first paragraph of this report. On special teams, both teams have excellent punters, while LSU has the advantage in the return game and in field goals (MSU has missed their only attempt).

• LSU and MSU both utilize a run-heavy offense, although MSU is slightly more balanced. While MSU generally runs it a little less often than LSU, they average more yards per carry (5.3 vs. 4.3) and more yards per game. Of course, they haven’t faced the same caliber of run defenses that LSU has faced.

• On paper, MSU would appear to have an advantage in defending the run, but again these numbers are skewed because of the quality of opponent the two teams have played. Still, there’s no denying that the Bulldogs’ big and experienced defensive line will be a challenge to LSU’s offensive line that has yet to live up to its preseason expectations.

• One of the most impressive things about last year’s LSU offense was their success rate on 3rd down conversions. In fact, the 2013 Tigers led the nation in this category with a 57.14% success rate. This year’s Tiger team has taken a pretty big step backward in that regard and is 31st in the nation at 48.84%, but that’s still considerably higher than MSU’s (42%).

• The one stat that really jumps out at me is “opponents’ passing yards per game.” LSU’s pass defense is among the best in the nation (3rd, behind Standford and Clemson), whereas MSU’s is near the bottom of the pack (118th).

• Another thing not shown on my chart but worth noting is that MSU leads the SEC in giving up plays of 20+ yards (12), 30+ yards (6), 40+(5), 50+(4), 60+(3), 70+(3), 80+(2). This could make for a big night from LSU deep-threat receiver Travin Dural.

Speaking of Dural, yesterday he was named as one of 12 receivers on the watch list for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award, which is presented to college football’s most outstanding receiver. Dural has 12 receptions on the year for 370 yards and four touchdowns, which makes him tied for first in the SEC in scores and second in receiving yards. Dural is also eighth in the nation in yards per catch (30.83) and has touchdown receptions of 94 and 80 yards.

A few of tid-bits in closing:

• I know a lot of you like to follow former Tigers in the NFL, so I’m sharing with you this link to stats on former LSU players currently on NFL rosters, as published by LSUSports.net.

• Searching for tickets for this week’s game and beyond? Check out our Ticket Exchange which was updated yesterday. 


• Looking to watch this weekend’s game with like-minded Tiger Fans? Check out our page of LSU Alumni Association View-Ins.

• According to LSU SID Michael Bonnette, LSU football legend YA Title will be attending this weekend’s game in Tiger Stadium, exactly 50 years after the historic photo featured in this touching story about Title’s battle with dementia was taken.

9/16/14 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU football team is gearing up to open conference play this Saturday when the No. 8 Tigers host undefeated Mississippi State at 6:06 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), and Holly Rowe (sideline) on the call. LSU opened the season with a come-from-behind win over a good Wisconsin team (ranked 19th/17th in the latest polls) and is coming off back-to-back shutouts against Sam Houston State and UL-Monroe. Mississippi State, on the other hand, is coming off a 35-3 win over South Alabama last week and won its first two games against Southern Miss and UAB.

Considering the three opponents they’ve played, it’s hard to get a read on just how good Mississippi State is, but one thing for sure is they’ve got a dynamic quarterback in Dak Prescott. Last week, Prescott threw for 201 yards and a touchdown, ran for 139 yards and a score, and caught a 24-yard touchdown pass after a lateral.

Yesterday one of my readers emailed to remind me that NFL and College Football Analyst Mike Detiller, whom I’ve interviewed several times on this site, predicted before the season that this would be the year that LSU loses to Mississippi State (LSU hasn’t lost to them since 1999). After receiving that email, I decided to reach out to Mike to see if he was sticking to that prediction. Here’s what he had to say:

Mike Detillier’s Response: That’s true, I said that before the season and I don’t change unless there is a major injury, and I have had good success with this. LSU is a young team that is still developing what they do good and what they don't do. On offense they concentrate on Dural and you can rotate coverage in his direction, although MSU's secondary is not good. MSU's strong front seven can slow down LSU's run, and I’ve been really surprised about the inconsistent play of the Tigers’ O-line.  LSU’s QBs have played better than I thought, but the O-line hasn't played as well. I think if LSU can throw they can continue their long streak of wins against State since 1999. If MSU doesn't win Saturday, it may be a while before they do with the young talent on this LSU team.

Like in the NFL, you can get caught with a gunslinger. Dak Prescott is a really good football player and he can beat you with his speed and his arm. If MSU wins, Prescott will be the difference. I predict a very close game, as this is a real test for LSU across the board. And the law of averages sometimes catches up with you in matchup games. It is one of three games I think LSU loses this year before the bowl game.

For what it’s worth, I have great respect for Mike’s opinion and I agree that the game will be a close one, but I see the Tigers coming out on top. I’ll give my prediction Thursday when I post my weekly picks.

Yesterday Coach Les Miles met with the media for his weekly press luncheon and I’ve posted a full transcript of the conference (as provided by LSU). Below are the key points from it:

• Miles said he feels like his team is improving and playing dominant football in all three phases at times.


• As for Anthony Jennings, Miles said he is doing a good job handling the responsibilities of quarterback and is giving the team some advantages.  He added that Jennings threw the ball well, although he can do it better, and that the throw‑away that led to a turnover is something they cannot do.


• Miles pointed out that each of his running backs had “about 10 carries” and that anytime you can do that you can have the advantage of fresh legs.


• Miles said he looks forward to Elliott Porter getting his second start this Saturday and that in Porter’s first start he was “less than he is normally.”  He also said Ethan Pocic (ankle) will return to action this week.


• Although first-team linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis didn’t play any last week because of being nicked, Miles said both could have played if needed, and that Deion Jones and Duke Riley did very well in their places. 


• Commenting on special teams, Miles pointed out that Jamie Keehn averaged 47.8 yards per punt last week and downed two inside the 20.  He also praised his special teams units for their great speed on kick‑off and punt coverage.


• As for upcoming opponent Mississippi State, Miles said Dak Prescott is as good of a quarterback as there is in the SEC. Prescott is running for about 100 yards and throwing for a little over 200 yards per game and has accounted for nine passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns. 


• Miles also pointed out that MSU running back Josh Robinson is a “100 yards per game running back.”


• As for MSU’s defense, Miles said they're allowing 80 yards per game and have five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Miles said their defensive linemen, Preston Smith among others, are big, strong, mobile guys who will present a great challenge.

For more on what was said in the press luncheon, including Miles’ response to the media’s questions, please click here.

In other news, it was announced yesterday that LSU’s September 27th home contest against New Mexico State will kickoff at 6 p.m. and will be televised by the SEC Network. You might recall that before the start of the season Athletic Director Joe Alleva promised that there would be more night games in Tiger Stadium this year, and it looks like that is coming to fruition. The New Mexico State game will be the fourth straight night home game for the Tigers, and I think that’s great. There’s nothing like a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium!

For those of you looking for tickets to any of the upcoming games, please note that our Ticket Exchange was updated yesterday with lots of new listings. 

And lastly, a few words on our LA High School Football Pickem: 

• Yesterday I mentioned that last week’s winner was someone who goes by the user name “mrr.” Yesterday I heard from this gentleman and here’s what he had to say: “Hello Scott, I am Bob and also the MRR in your High School Pickem game. I am 63 years old, am semi-retired, live in Logansport, La. and am a big LSU Tiger fan.  If you wonder where the MRR originates, the letters are my daughter's initials.  I really like participating in your contest and I love your Daily Dose of LSU news. Thank you for this great service.”

• Please note that that you can view this week’s compete LA High School Football Schedule here (whether you are participating in the pickem or not), and that the voting for this week’s games is now open. Remember, it’s never too late to join as we’ll be announcing a winner each week.

 

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