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11/29/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Whoa! In true Les Miles fashion, the Mad Hatter pulled out an emotional 19-7 victory over Texas A&M in what was expected to be his last night in Tiger Stadium, and soon after we learned from Athletic Director Joe Alleva that Miles will remain as LSU’s head football coach. So what brought about this unexpected turn of events? Throughout the week, we heard criticism of how LSU’s administration was handling the matter from multiple media outlets, both locally (like this one) and nationwide. We also witnessed an outpouring of support from fans on Les Miles' weekly talkshow on Wednesday, which was followed by a resounding show of support for Miles from fans in Tiger Stadium last night. Even Shaquille O'Neal pledged his support for Miles and tactfully admonished the LSU administration for how they've handled the situation the past week. With LSU ultimately winning last night over an 8-3 Texas A&M squad, the sequence of events could not have been written any better for LSU to retain Miles as its head coach. Of course, another factor at play could have very well been that Joe Alleva’s main target to replace Les Miles, Jimbo Fisher, reportedly told associates yesterday that he is staying at FSU. Whatever the reason or reasons may have been, I am glad that the administration ultimately made the call they did, and my hope is that the damage caused by the events of the last two weeks will be minimized by Alleva putting an end to the speculation last night. (A complete transcript of Joe Alleva’s post-game comments can be found below.)

Although the head coaching position is secure for now, the next few weeks should be very interesting as there will undoubtedly be several staff changes made. With Cam Cameron's contract ending after this season, it seems doubtful that he'll return, and quite frankly the Tigers need a reenergized offense that I am not confident Cameron can provide. And, obviously, the special teams' woes this season seem to make Bradley Dale Peveto's return as Special Teams Coordinator unlikely. We’ll have plenty of time to discuss all the potential changes and what impact they might have in recruiting in the coming days and weeks, but for now let’s get back to last night’s big win.

Despite quarterback Brandon Harris struggling mightily in the passing game, LSU was able to win by leaning on its offensive strength, the running game, and solid defense. Leonard Fournette had a big night, running 32 times for 159 yards and a game-securing touchdown, and in doing so he surpassed Charles Alexander's 1977 single season rushing record of 1,686 yards. (Fournette is now at 1,741 yards with the bowl game still remaining.) Fournette also had a team-high four catches for 43 yards. The other offensive star of the game was freshman running back Derrius Guice who gave the Tigers a huge spark early in the second half with a 50-yard TD on an end-around to put LSU up for good, 13-7.

Defensively, LSU had its best game of the season, holding A&M to a season-low seven points on only 250 total yards. The Tigers only allowed two plays of more than 20 yards, and for the first time this season LSU’s defensive backfield looked like DBU. LSU’s defensive line also did a great job of generating pressure and came away with four sacks and five quarterback hurries. A couple of defenders who deserve special shout-outs are freshman DE Arden Key, who finished the game with a career-high eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries, and freshman DB Donte Jackson forced two turnovers in the game - an interception and a fumble recovery. LB Deion Jones led the team with 11 tackles for his fifth 10-plus tackle game of the season. 

Of course, not everything about the night was positive. As briefly mentioned earlier, Brandon Harris struggled mightily at quarterback, ending 7-of-21 for 83 yards and an interception. Against opponents better suited to stop the run, that kind of performance would have likely spelled doom for the Tigers. And while special teams play was improved as a whole, Trent Domingue missed three field goals and Jamie Keehn had one punt that went only 16 yards.  

Here are the game’s video highlights and a video of the postgame press conference, and below is the boxscore. 


Athletic Director Joe Alleva’s post-game comments:

“Obviously there's been quite a bit of speculation the past few days about the future of our football coach and football program. I made it very clear that my policy is to wait until the end of the season, and obviously it's the end of the regular season right now. The season is complete and I want to make it very clear and positive that Les Miles is our football coach and will continue to be our football coach. Okay? I'm looking forward to working with Coach Miles as he leads this team to a bowl game and another great recruiting class. Les and I have talked, we've talked about this program, and we are committed together to working to win and compete at the highest level. And I really, frankly, don't have much more to say than that. I'm very pleased about tonight's outcome and I'm very pleased that Coach Miles is our coach. We're going to go forward together and win championships here at LSU.”

Closing tidbits:

• Here are great videos showing Les Miles getting carried off the field by his players after the big victory, and that touching moment when he paused his post-game interview to sing the school’s alma-mater

• I’ll leave you with a couple of good reads to go along with your Sunday morning coffee.

CBSSports.com: LSU coach Les Miles deserves better than AD Joe Alleva's ineptitude

Les Miles gets his biggest upset victory, and it is well-earned


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11/28/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

At 6:30 tonight the LSU football team will conclude its regular season with a game against Texas A&M that will surely be overshadowed by a much bigger story line. Based on all the chatter out there, it would be surprising if this were not Les Miles’ last game as LSU’s coach, regardless of the game’s outcome. Combine that with the fact that this will be the last game in Tiger Stadium for 14 seniors, and the first in which LSU faces its former defensive coordinator, John Chavis, and it’s clear to see that emotions will be running high. 

If you’re making plans to attend tonight’s game, please note the following Times of Interest

As promised, today we’ll give you our Keys to an LSU Victory.

Establish the run
We’ve been saying LSU needs more balance all season, but with Texas A&M giving up 202.5 yards per game (13th in the SEC), the Tigers need to pound the ball against the Aggies. I’m not saying LSU should abandon the pass by any means, but Fournette and the other running backs should be given the ball early and often to move the chains, eat up the clock and wear down the A&M defense. LSU ran the ball 57 times for 384 rushing yards last season vs A&M, and while I don’t believe they’ll have that level of success this year, I still think it’s imperative to lean heavily on the run this Saturday.

Avoid negative plays and costly penalties
LSU has committed way too many costly penalties this season and allowed too many sacks and tackles for loss. Against Ole Miss last week, the Tigers had 10 penalties for 95 yards, including a costly holding penalty early in the game that wiped out a 62-yard run by Fournette. In LSU’s 35-28 win vs Florida earlier in the season, the Tigers only committed three penalties for 20 yards and gave up zero sacks. A similar performance for the Tigers tonight would greatly increase the likelihood of a victory.

Prevent explosive plays
Two weeks ago vs Arkansas, LSU held the Razorbacks to 239 yards on 53 of their 56 offensive plays. Unfortunately, the other three plays went for 201 yards and three TDs. Last week vs Ole Miss, the Tigers gave up five receptions and two runs that totaled 197 yards, an average of 28 yards per play. Ole Miss’ other 58 plays totaled just 235 yards. For the Tigers to end the regular season on a high note, they’ll need to avoid allowing such big plays today.

Win in the red zone
As noted a few days ago in our stat comparison, Texas A&M’s red zone TD percentage is only 55%. Last week vs Vanderbilt, the Aggies kicked six field goals, three of which were in the red zone. In fact, A&M failed to score a TD in the red zone last week, as their only TD was a 95-yard pass from Kyle Allen. So holding the Aggies to field goals when they reach the red zone (hopefully there won’t be too many of those trips) will be another critical factor for LSU to win this game.

Home crowd needs to be loud and supportive!
The crowd was electric and extremely loud in the Florida game less than six weeks ago, and that had a big impact in the game as the Gators’ offense was often rattled and struggled communicating. Two weeks ago at home vs Arkansas, the Tigers fell behind 21-0 and fans never really got back in the game. Regardless of how this contest starts, LSU needs the fans to pack the stadium and make it extremely difficult for A&M’s offense to communicate the entire night. A strong and supportive crowd will serve not only as a difference maker in the game, but as a fitting way to pay tribute to the 14 seniors who’ve given their all for the last four or five years, and a coach who has given LSU football its best 11 years in school history.

Today’s closing tidbits: 

• A lot of you have emailed me about reports of Les Miles speaking to the Gridiron booster club about his future. What I make of it all, based on reports like this one and emails I have received, is that Coach Miles realizes that this could indeed be his last game and wanted to express his sincere gratitude to his boosters in case he doesn’t have another chance to do so. As reported by the Advocate, athletic director Joe Alleva has declined comment until after the season and Miles says Alleva hasn’t yet told him anything about his job status. 

• The LSU Lady Tigers basketball team dropped to 3-3 on the season with a 69-52 loss to undefeated Purdue (4-0) in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida. More on that game, including video highlights, can be found here. The LSU men’s team will return to action Monday at Charleston.

• All of last night’s LA High School Football Playoff Scores can be found in our statewide scoreboard.


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11/27/15 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

First off, I want to thank all of you who responded to my Thanksgiving Message yesterday. I hope you all had a wonderful, memorable day.

Somewhat lost in all the madness of the Les Miles saga and the Thanksgiving holidays is the fact that LSU has a big game to play tomorrow as the Tigers are set to take on Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Jesse Palmer (analyst) and Maria Taylor (sideline reporter) calling the action. LSU will be looking to end the regular season on a high note and avoid suffering four straight losses for the first time since 1999. Of course, the bigger story line is that many, including Scott Roussel of FootballScoop.com, are saying the game will be Les Miles’ last as an LSU coach. Roussel is known as being one of the most connected sources in the industry on such matters, and in this article on BleacherReport.com he expresses 100% certainty that Miles will be out and that Jimbo Fisher will almost surely be LSU’s next coach. All I can say about that is I’ve heard nothing that would lead me to believe otherwise, although in matters like these nothing can ever be assumed.  

In today’s report, we’re going to carry on as if it’s business as usual and focus on the game ahead by comparing LSU and Texas A&M in terms of offense, defense, special teams and intangibles. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome, but I hope you’ll understand that I may not be able to answer all of your messages individually due to the overwhelming amount of email I’ve received in the last few days.

LSU offense vs. Texas A&M defense

Take away the outside storylines surrounding Les Miles and John Chavis, and you’ll find an intriguing matchup in Saturday’s contest when the Tigers take the field on offense. After John Chavis left LSU to join Texas A&M, the Aggies have improved on defense, as evidenced by the fact that they are allowing an average of 370 total yards per game this season, whereas last year they allowed an average of 451. Texas A&M still struggles to defend the run (the team isn’t built to stop power running attacks) but has improved dramatically in pass defense, allowing the second lowest passing yards per game in the conference (168). They’ve been able to put up such impressive pass defense numbers with improved play in the secondary and one of the premier pass-rushers in all of college football in Myles Garrett, who is tied for fifth in the nation with 10.5 sacks on the year. As a team, the Aggies are 13th in the nation in sacks with 32 on the season. What these numbers tell me is that LSU would probably be best suited to play to its identity as a power running team and dish out a heavy dose of Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. A pretty telling stat from earlier this month was the rushing success Auburn had against Texas A&M. The Auburn Tigers gave it to Jovon Robinson 27 times, and Robinson was able to rack up 159 of Auburn’s 311 rushing yards. I see no reason why LSU shouldn’t be able to have similar success against a team whose rushing defense is ranked 13th in the SEC, especially if offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins, who is listed as probable, is able to play in the game. 
Slight advantage LSU

LSU defense vs. Texas A&M offense

The Aggies’ offense has looked explosive at times (wide receiver Christian Kirk is the real deal, folks), but has lacked consistency. As LSU fans, we can relate. The biggest reason for the Aggies’ struggles with consistency has been a lack of leadership at quarterback from Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray. Against West Carolina and Auburn, Murray threw five total interceptions, and Allen has been battling a shoulder sprain that he suffered against Alabama, which led to him missing open receivers against Ole Miss. Allen has been named the starter for Saturday, but should LSU get pressure on him and aggravate that injury, an appearance by Murray wouldn’t come as a shock. Texas A&M is second to last in the SEC in sacks allowed, while LSU’s Lewis Neal and Arden Key have proven more than capable of giving chase. What worries me most in this matchup is the play of LSU’s secondary, as it will be looking to defend  one of the best pairs of SEC receivers in Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds, who each rank in the top six in the conference in receiving. Besides Ole Miss, this might be the most talented receiving corps the Tigers will have faced all season long. Because of the issues LSU has had with busted coverage in the secondary, I’m hesitant to give LSU the advantage here, but if the Tigers can generate pressure it could make for a long night for the Aggies.

Special Teams

Tiger fans may be holding their breath when the punt unit takes the field Saturday. Kirk, as mentioned earlier, is an electrifying player with the ball in his hands, and he leads the conference in average yards per punt return. Kirk is averaging 24 yards per return and has two punt returns for touchdowns this season. On the flip side, A&M punter Drew Kaser leads the conference with a 47-yard per punt average. So although LSU’s special teams have improved a bit over the last few weeks, the Aggies’ special teams are talented enough to not only shift the field but win the game with a game-changing play. Aggies hold a strong advantage here.
Advantage Texas A&M 


Playing the game at night in Tiger Stadium is an obvious advantage for LSU, but the big question here is how LSU’s players will respond amidst all the negativity surrounding Les Miles. Can they channel it into positive energy and win one for their beloved coach? Or will the off-field distractions lead to further mistakes and unexplainable miscues on the field? Only time will tell. 

Tune in tomorrow for our keys to an LSU victory.

Below are my final regular season weekly predictions. Last week I went 9-3, and on the season I’m 102-31 (.767) straight up.

Tennessee 21 Vanderbilt 7
Arkansas 28 Missouri 14
Georgia 27 Georgia Tech 21
Kentucky 21 Louisville 30
Clemson 38 South Carolina 10
Alabama 41 Auburn 17
Mississippi State 31 Ole Miss 28
Florida 17 Florida State 31
UL-Lafayette 17 Appalachian State 30
UL_Monroe 30 Hawaii 24
LSU 27 Texas A&M 23 

Closing tidbits: 

•  A reminder to all of you participating in our LA High School Football Pickem contest: The deadline for making this week’s picks is today at 5 p.m.

• Here are a couple of good reads to go along with your Friday after Thanksgiving late-morning coffee: John Chavis' return to Tiger Stadium not completely unwelcomed, by Nola.com, and LSU’s treatment of Miles is shameful, by GridIronNow.com.


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