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10/10/15 5:30 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans, it’s Game Day!

At 2:30 today, LSU will look to extend its undefeated season when the Tigers take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN, and I’ll be tweeting occasional comments and stats for those of you who follow @DandyDonLSU on Twitter

In the wake of catastrophic flooding in South Carolina, earlier this week officials decided to move today’s game to Tiger Stadium, and since that time LSU has been going the extra mile to be hospitable to South Carolina and its fans. From travel arrangements to band arrangements, from ticket money to fundraising, LSU has been pulling out all the stops in an effort to make South Carolina comfortable during this very difficult time. (See this article: Geaux Gamecocks: 10 ways LSU is making USC feel at home.) To me, this speaks to what is best about college athletics, and I couldn’t be prouder of my alma mater. Regardless of how today’s game plays out, Tiger fans have a lot to be proud of. With that said, when the Tigers step onto the field today, they need to be focussed on taking care of the business at hand, that is, winning today’s very important football game against a dangerous SEC opponent hungry for its first conference win. 

As promised, here are my weekly keys to an LSU victory:

Step It Up

In the last two weeks against Syracuse and Eastern Michigan, a good argument could be made that LSU played down to its competition. This week, the Tigers enter the game as a 19.5-point favorite against a South Carolina team that is 0-3 in conference play. What the Tigers cannot afford to do is let those numbers go to their heads. South Carolina is a dangerous football team, and if the Tigers don’t bring their A game for four quarters they could see their special season go south in a heartbeat. 

Wreak Havoc on Quarterback(s)

LSU has already recorded 11 sacks this season, and today should be a great opportunity to add to that number. South Carolina’s offensive line is coming off of a weak showing against Missouri, and the Gamecocks will be starting a quarterback, Perry Orth, who has only one collegiate start to his name. This is an ideal time for the Coach O Effect to be in full force.

Don’t Give It Away

LSU should win the game if they don’t give up a lot of hidden yards, and if they win the turnover battle. Hidden yards (those that don’t show up on offensive and defensive stat sheets) are usually given up as a result of special teams play and penalties. LSU has had issues in both of these regards. What I’ll be looking for today is a clean game by the Tigers, and improved kicking, punting and return coverage. The Tigers can’t afford to give a struggling South Carolina offense a short field to work with. 

Rev Up the Passing Game

(Preface: I’ll admit, the Tigers could probably win today’s game without revving up the passing game, assuming LSU plays a clean game and Leonard Fournette continues playing as he has been. But, sooner or later, LSU will have to be much more effective with its passing game to remain undefeated.) Last week, LSU seemed intent on getting the passing game going early on, but after a series of drops and a couple of questionable decisions by Harris, the Tigers’ offense was relegated to the ground game. Today, LSU needs to show that it can move the chains with the passing game. If they can’t do so today against a South Carolina defense that is 12th in the league in pass defense, they will have an especially hard time down the road, starting next week against a Florida Gator defense that has one of the best secondaries in the nation. 

Building off of that last key, I have a poll question for you today: Will Brandon Harris attempt 20 or more passes in today’s game? Just so you know, Harris had 14 attempts against Mississippi State, 19 against Auburn, 16 against Syracuse, and 14 against Eastern Michigan. Please take a moment to share your thoughts…

POLL: Will Brandon Harris attempt 20 or more passes in today’s game against South Carolina?

A couple of closing tidbits:

• Those of you who read these daily reports early in the morning may have noticed that I forgot to post my weekly college football prediction yesterday. I realized the omission a couple of hours after my initial post and added them at 8:30. (See below.)

• Most all of the scores from last night’s Louisiana high school football action (and Thursday’s games) can be found on our statewide prep football scoreboard.


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Late Addition 8:30 am CDT

I just noticed that I forgot to post my weekly predictions, so here you go. Last week was my worst week for picks since I started doing this several years ago, as I went a lowly 6-5, straight-up. On the season, my record is 48-14 (.774). 

Ole Miss 51 New Mexico State 10
Georgia 24 Tennessee 20
Mississippi State 48 Troy 17
Alabama 34 Arkansas 17
Florida 24 Mizzou 17
UL-Lafayette 31 Texas State 23
LA Tech 38 Texas San Antonio 24
UL-Monroe 24 Tulsa 30
McNeese State 33 Southeastern 30
LSU 30 South Carolina 20

10/9/15 5:45 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

It was announced yesterday that the LSU-South Carolina game set for 2:30 p.m. CT tomorrow in Tiger Stadium will be televised by ESPN. Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich will be the broadcast crew for the game. After the decision was made to move the game to Tiger Stadium because of the devastating floods in South Carolina, the Tigers climbed from an 11-point favorite to a 18.5-point favorite, according to Vegas oddsmakers. 

For those of you making plans to attend the game tomorrow, here are LSU’s Times of Interest. And if you don’t yet have tickets, please note that there are still plenty of tickets available. To purchase them, visit LSUTix.net

As we do each week during the season, today we’ll preview the two teams in terms of offense, defense, special teams and intangibles. Your comments and feedback are welcomed. Here we go…

LSU Offense vs. South Carolina Defense

South Carolina’s rush defense might be worse than their statistics indicate. That’s saying something, as the Gamecocks are already ninth in the conference in rushing yards allowed (170 yards per game). Two weeks ago, the Gamecocks entered a contest against UCF allowing 220 yards per game. UCF, who has a season average of 49 rushing yards per game this season, helped South Carolina’s statistics, as the Gamecocks limited the Knights to 26 rushing yards on 23 attempts. Meanwhile, LSU’s rushing attack continues to be the scariest in the country. In tomorrow’s game, much of the national spotlight will be on Leonard Fournette and LSU’s running game. However, South Carolina ranks 12th in the conference in passing yards allowed (219 per game), which indicates that this could be another exceptional opportunity for LSU to work on its passing game. Coming off of last week’s passing performance that totaled only 80 yards through the air against Eastern Michigan, Brandon Harris and the Tiger wideouts should enter this game with a chip on their shoulder. Running or passing, LSU’s offense should have the upper hand against the South Carolina defense. One Gamecock to watch out for, though, is Skai Moore. Moore has the ability to change a game from his linebacker position, whether it be picking off a pass or rocking a running back in the backfield. Look for LSU to try and steer clear of this Gamecocks leader.
Advantage LSU

LSU Defense vs. South Carolina Offense

The 2015 season for South Carolina has featured a game of musical chairs at the quarterback position. Claiming the seat in Saturday’s game, at least in the early goings, will be junior Perry Orth, a former walk-on who will be making his second career start. Orth has completed 23 of 47 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions in five games this season. Lorenzo Nunez is expected to be the first quarterback off the bench, and so far he’s thrown for 374 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. On the flip side, LSU has allowed 188 passing yards per game this season, which isn’t as impressive as we’re used to seeing from an LSU defense, but still ranks third best in the SEC. In the rushing department, LSU’s defense has been rock solid, allowing only 106 yards on the ground per game. A matchup to watch will be LSU middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith going against South Carolina running back Brandon Wilds. Wilds missed the last two games with a cracked rib, yet still leads the team with 181 rushing yards. If LSU can shutdown Wilds and the South Carolina running game, it should be difficult for the Gamecocks to move the chains.
Advantage LSU

Special Teams

Perhaps the most unexpected occurrence this season has been the struggles at special teams by LSU. It hasn’t been all bad, though, as Trent Domingue has made all six of his field goal attempts so far. Where the Tigers have struggled, though, is on kickoff coverage and punting, two categories where Gamecocks hold a statistical advantage over LSU. Until we see more consistency from Jamie Kheen (I believe we will sooner rather than later), deeper kickoffs into the end zone, and better pursuit on coverage, I’ll have a hard time giving LSU an advantage on special teams.
Advantage South Carolina


This one is hard to call, as it’s difficult to predict how the devastating catastrophe in South Carolina will affect the mindset of the Gamecocks. One thing is for sure, playing a game in Tiger Stadium has always been advantageous to LSU, and I expect it to be the same tomorrow even though Tiger fans will show great compassion and hospitality to the folks of South Carolina. Had this game been played in South Carolina, it would have had the makings of a trap game for LSU, as South Carolina’s résumé could’ve caused LSU to overlook them on the road, especially with Florida coming to town next week. However, with this game being played in Baton Rouge, I see no reason why LSU shouldn’t come out fired up and take care of business at home.
Advantage LSU

Since LSU did not produce a hype video for this week’s game, I thought it appropriate to share this brief video of a very memorable play from that special 2007 season when the No. 2 Tigers defeated the No. 12 Gamecock’s 28-16. The look on Coach Miles’ face after he goes all mad hatter on Coach Spurrier with a fourth-and-nine fake field goal is priceless! Give it a watch. You’ll be glad you did. 

Closing tidbits:

• LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri picked up a big commitment yesterday from right-handed pitcher Zack Hess of Forest, Virginia. Hess, a 6-foot-6 “power arm” whose fastball touches the mid-90s, is ranked as the 40th best prospect in the nation by Perfect Game and is a great get. 

• LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones met with the media yesterday to review LSU’s first week of practice, and you can read all about it here. For those of you wondering, Coach Jones did say he expected Ben Simmons (ankle) to practice yesterday and a little more today before the team takes the weekend off.  

That’s it for today, folks. Go out there and enjoy your Friday.





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10/8/15 5:35 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As many of you have heard by now, LSU’s game against South Carolina has been moved to Tiger Stadium due to the catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas, and will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT. As of now, there’s been no word given on TV coverage, but the game is expected to be played on one of the ESPN platforms (SECN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, etc.). I suspect we’ll find out about TV coverage later today, and as soon as I hear something I’ll tweet the news to those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter. (If you don’t use Twitter, please note that you can refer to the twitter feed on this page.) 

I know it’s exciting that we get another virtual home game in Tiger Stadium, but under the circumstances of mass devastation and loss to the residents of South Carolina, I encourage Tiger fans to welcome the people of South Carolina with open arms and make them feel at home. I’m sure many of you will remember the hospitality extended to Tiger fans after Hurricane Katrina when the Tigers had to move a home game to Arizona. Well, it’s time for us to “pay it forward” and extend that same generosity and consideration to South Carolina fans this weekend. 

Here are a few things to note about Saturday’s game:

• For ticket and parking information, see this article by LSUSports.net.

• Please note that tickets previously issued for the game scheduled to be played in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., will NOT be valid at Tiger Stadium.

• LSU has said that all proceeds generated from ticket sales, minus the expenses LSU will incur for hosting the game, will be given to South Carolina. 

• The Red Cross will be setup to accept donations at the gates to help those affected by the disaster in South Carolina.   

• Technically speaking, South Carolina will be considered the home team and will wear white. LSU will wear purple jerseys. Sidenote: Here’s a very memorable play from the last time LSU wore purple jerseys for an SEC game. (Hint: Chad Jones is a beast!) Thanks to @HunterPanaigua for bringing this play to mind with a tweet he sent out yesterday.

• South Carolina’s band will not be traveling to Baton, so LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland will play their Alma Mater and Fight Song in their honor. That’s a great gesture, if you ask me.

• Because this is technically an away contest for the Tigers, LSU will not be able to host any recruits for the game.

Now moving on with our normal order of business, here is my weekly recap of Les Miles’ comments from his weekly radio show.

Before Les Miles arrived, LSU Associate Athletic Director and Ticket Manager Brian Broussard spoke with Jim Hawthorne about tickets and parking for Saturday’s game. Rather than trying to summarize the details of what he said, I’ll just redirect you to this page that has all the ticketing information. A few important things to note: Season ticket holders and students can purchase tickets up until 5 p.m. today. Tickets will be available to the general public starting at 6 p.m. Also, those of you with parking passes are instructed to use your Western Kentucky pass for this game. Be sure to save that pass so that you can use it again for the Western Kentucky game.

One of the first callers of the night was Chris from Clinton, Mississippi, who asked Coach Miles about  incorporating more short and intermediate passes into the game plan.  Miles said he thinks we’ll see more passing in general, and can look forward to a rich passing tree that will include all the throws.

Rickey from Birmingham noted that two players have had penalties for continuing to play once their  helmets came off and asked if defenders are getting their hands in their faces. Miles answered affirmatively, saying he thinks there is a propensity for some shorter defensive linemen to get their hands in the faces of his offensive linemen.

Frank from Baker asked about the status of cornerback Jalen Mills and then commented on special teams needing serious help. Miles started by saying he hopes to get Mills and tight end Dillon Gordon back soon and that both were practicing and in pads yesterday. As for special teams play, Miles said the young men on that unit are very motivated and he thinks we’ll see better play there this week.

Jack from Lafayette asked about alternative sites that were considered for the game, and if there would be any changes to the appearance of LSU’s field since it will technically be a home game for South Carolina. Miles said there will be no change to the field. As for other sites considered, Miles named Charlotte and Jacksonville.

Matt from Baton Rouge said he saw a little play action passing in the first half against Eastern Michigan and asked if we would see more of that. Miles suggested that we would, saying, “When you have a guy like Leonard, you look to put the ball in his stomach. That draws a lot of attention.”

A little later, Jimmy from Columbus, Georgia acknowledged that the receiving corps had a rough time catching the ball last week but said he’s been impressed with their point of attack and downfield blocking. He specifically mentioned a big block from Trey Quinn. Miles agreed and said the wide receivers had a very good week of practice and should go out and play extremely well this Saturday.

One of Coach Miles’ most interesting comments came in response to a gentleman from Alexandria asking when we can we expect to see DJ Chark as a wide receiver. Miles called Chark a special athlete and said they have looked at him in several positions, including at cornerback (which was surprising). He concluded by saying we can look forward to seeing Chark not only on special teams, but on offense as well.

Shawn from Natchitoches asked how Brandon Harris’ confidence is holding up after last week’s rough performance. Miles said the receiving staff takes some responsibility for the drops, and that Harris has suffered no lack of confidence. He added that Harris has done everything they’ve asked of him and will only continue to get better.

Joe from Alabama asked what it’s like to play against Coach Spurrier. Miles said his family kind of enjoys Coach Spurrier and that it’s a great honor to lineup against a quality coach like him. 

One of the last callers of the night was Brad from West Monroe who asked about wide receiver Trey Quinn and whether we should we expect to see a lot of him this week. Miles said Quinn is having a good year, is preparing well, and we can look forward to seeing him. He added that Quinn had a good practice yesterday and is a hard worker.

Miles concluded the show by advising the listening audience to postpone whatever plans they had for this Saturday and come out and support the teams in Tiger Stadium. 

Closing tidbits: 

• We all know that LSU has the best fans in the country, but it’s always good to see others recognize it. Yesterday I was made aware of the fact that LSU has taken over the No. 1 spot for The Best College Football Fan Bases in the Country, according to the USA TODAY Sports College Football Fan Index.

• For all of you participating in our Louisiana High School Football Pickem contest, please note that the deadline for picking this week’s games is today at 5 p.m.


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