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10/19/14 6:00 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Whoa, how ’bout those Fighting Tigers! Using a formula very familiar to Tiger Fans, LSU defeated Kentucky 41-3 with exceptional special teams play, dominating defense, and adequate, though not spectacular, offense. The game was clearly LSU’s best of the season, and with the win LSU improved to 6-2 and secured bowl eligibility for the 15th consecutive season, which is nothing to sneeze at. More importantly, the Tigers showed a lot of improvement while dominating a good SEC opponent. Kentucky is a well-coached team that entered the contest just one overtime loss away from being undefeated, and while they didn’t play exceptionally well last night, it was still very satisfying to see LSU make them look like a cupcake. By the way, the 38-point margin of victory was LSU’s biggest over an SEC opponent since thrashing Ole Miss 52-3 in 2011.

On offense, the MVP was clearly Terrance Magee. Wearing the prestigious No. 18, the senior running back from Franklinton, LA tallied a career-best 220 all-purpose yards, including 127 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, 44 yards on three catches, and 49 yards on kickoff returns. As I tweeted during the game, I was really happy to see Magee have such a big night, and I know my late father, “Dandy Don” Long, would have loved to have seen it. Dad was always very high on Magee, and I am too. The Tigers’ second leading rusher was Darrell Williams, who accounted for 61 yards on 10 carries. Leonard Fournette looked impressive early on and did his part in wearing down the Wildcat defense early, but only accounted for 40 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. 

As for quarterback play, Anthony Jennings left a lot to be desired, but did a decent job of managing the game and avoiding turnovers, and made a few big throws along the way. A few that come to mind are the screen passes to Magee and the beautiful 35-yard touchdown completion to Travin Dural just before the second half, which many of us watching from home were unable to see until later because of technical difficulties with the SEC Network. Jennings ended the night 7-of-14 for 120 yards and one touchdown. Freshman Brandon Harris didn’t see the field until about 10 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, and when he entered he seemed a little too eager to make something happen and ended up throwing an interception in the end zone on his only passing attempt. I would have liked to have seen Harris receive more playing time, but at this point it appears that LSU is all-in with Jennings. 

On defense, several Tigers deserve special recognition for their play, but if I had one defensive MVP award to give it would go to freshmen Jamal Adams. It seems that Adams has that contagious “it factor” and is always around the ball. Adams accounted for eight tackles, including five solo stops and one sack, and he also excelled on special teams. Kendell Beckwith got the start at middle linebacker and played every defensive snap until sustaining a big hit in the 3rd quarter and being replaced by DJ Welter. Beckwith ended the night with a team-best nine tackles including three solo stops. By the way, Coach Miles said after the game that Beckwith just had the wind knocked out of him on that big hit and that he is fine. 

On special teams, in addition to Terrance Magee and Jamal Adams who I’ve already mentioned, TreDavious White deserves special props. White racked up 114 yards on four punt returns, including a 67‐yard touchdown return in the first quarter. Punter Jamie Keehn punted four times for an average of 44.5 yards per punt, and landed three of them within the 10-yard line. Special Teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto had to sleep good last night after the way his units played. 

We’ll have much more on the game in our Monday Morning Rewind and in subsequent reports, but for now I’ll leave you with the stats below and these video highlights.

Enjoy the win, Tiger Fans, and prepare yourself for an epic showdown next week in Tiger Stadium when the Tigers take on an exceptionally talented rival, the Ole Miss Rebels. 

LSU UK Post Game Stats 

 

 

 

10/18/14 5:30 am CT

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

The LSU football team will be looking to build on last week’s success and come away with another very important SEC win tonight when they take on Kentucky at 6:30 in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and I’ll be tweeting occasional comments and stats for those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter. 

Yesterday I gave you my prediction for tonight’s game, and later in the day I decided to contact College Football and NFL Analyst Mike Detillier to get his thoughts on the game. Here’s the brief exchange I had with him via email:

Scott: Hey Mike, a few of my readers have pointed out that you’ve been spot on with your LSU predictions this season and have asked me to get your thoughts on the LSU-UK game. What are you predicting for this one, and what do you think is LSU’s biggest key to victory?  

Mike: I have LSU winning 30-23. And congrats, by the way, for nailing the Florida score. I had LSU 17-13 and didn't think either could score that much. 

Kentucky doesn't stop the run well and they aren’t a real good rushing team. I’d play "small ball" with Kentucky and kinda rip a page out of what LSU did against a much better Florida defensive front and control the ball with the run. 

LSU's offensive line really played well last week against a stout defensive line when running the ball. Same plays as earlier in season, but they executed much better and again I have been saying this, you have to give the ball more to Leonard Fournette and let him wear down opponents and then you start to rotate your backs.

I like that they finally started to throw the ball, at least a little, to the fullback and they need to do that more with their halfbacks, Fournette, Magee, Williams and Hilliard. Not sure how much improvement you will see with the downfield passing game because Anthony Jennings is so erratic right now with his short to medium throws and he bird-dogs his initial target downfield.

Defensively LSU's strength is in pass defense, and throwing the ball is Kentucky's strength offensively. Patrick Towles is a very talented downfield passer, but he is not aided that much from their rushing attack. LSU has to put him in 3rd and long and turn D. Hunter and J. Rasco loose on him. Next year, Towles and Kenny Hill at Texas A&M will be the signature QBs in the SEC.

Playing at home, with an improved running game, and I like that finally LSU is getting some turnovers on D… I like the Tigers here against a very improved Kentucky team and one with a really good passer in Patrick Towles.

Oh, and watch for Kwon Alexander. Over the past few weeks he has really played well. He has a chance to really develop into a top SEC linebacker and freshman Jamal Adams is playing well also.

Mike and I are on the same page as far as keys to an LSU victory, and I agree 100% with his response. I’ll just interject one more key of my own - LSU must be able to defend the Wildcat’s “wildcat.” Kentucky has had some success running the “Wildcat” with RB Jojo Kemp taking direct snaps, and I expect them to turn to that early as a way to test LSU’s defensive middle.

With this being the first of three consecutive home games for the Tigers, recruiting news should really start to heat up soon. LSU is currently sitting on 15 commitments and will be entertaining several prospects tonight including many of LSU’s current commitments, several players committed to other schools, and a few relatively new targets. 

Here is a list of a few of the in-state class of 2015 prospects I’ve heard will be visiting tonight. The number shown in parenthesis indicates where the prospect is ranked on our list of Top LA Football Prospects for 2015.

Derrius Guice (LSU-commitment)
RB, 5-10, 220, Catholic (No. 1) 

Nicholas Brossette (LSU commitment)
RB, 6-1, 220, University High (No. 3)

Donte Jackson (uncommitted, an LSU-Georgia battle)
CB, 5-11, 175, Riverdale (No.  7)

David Ducre (LSU commitment)
RB, 6-0, 228, Lakeshore (No. 5)

Jason Pellerin (Ole Miss commitment)
QB, 6-5, 220, Catholic-New Iberia (No. 19)

Jalen Bates (Arizona commitment)
DE, 6-5, 235, Kaplan (No. 20)

Kendall Bussey (Nebraska commitment)
RB, 5-9, 210, Newman (No. 29)

Reggie Walker (uncommitted)
DE/LB, 6-2, 235, Ponchatoula, 2015 (No. 30)

There will also be a few big-time 2015 out-of-state prospects visiting LSU tonight, including defensive end Dylan Jackson who will be in on an official visit. Jackson (6-6, 250, Maryville, TN) is currently committed to Tennessee, but I understand Coach John Chavis has been recruiting him hard and that LSU is very much in the picture. Another 2015 out-of-state prospect expected to be in on an unofficial visit tonight is Johnathan Abram, (6-1, 210) of Columbia, Mississippi. Abram is listed as an ATH but is being recruited as a linebacker by LSU. 

A few tidbits in closing: 

• Yesterday LSU defensive back Dwaye Thomas took to Twitter to announce that his knee surgery was successful. As you probably recall, Thomas tore his ACL in the New Mexico State game in late September. Thomas is expected to make a full recovery and return to action next season, and that is certainly great news. In his absence, Jamal Admas and Rickey Jefferson have manned the nickleback position and have done very well.

• There were some great LA prep football games played last night and you can check out the scores in our statewide scoreboard. Once tonight’s games are done and the remaining scores are entered, we’ll process the picks and name the Week 7 winner in our Louisiana High School Football Pickem.

• I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange with several new listings.

Reader Comments: LSU fans looking to take the next step in their game-watching experience will be able to do so this Saturday for the Kentucky-LSU game on Talk Back. Former LSU quarterback Josh Booty and former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen will take your questions, comments and smack talk live during the game at www.att.com/talkback.  Here’s how Talk Back works: Just go to www.att.com/talkback during the Kentucky-LSU game Saturday night, post your questions and comments about the game or anything else, and watch as Booty and Lorenzen answer your questions live.
You can also grab the link to the clip of your question and share with your friends.

10/17/14 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU football team will be looking for its second consecutive conference win tomorrow night when the Tigers host the Kentucky Wildcats in Tiger Stadium.  I’m no weather man, but it looks as though the Game Day forecast is just about perfect and I hope a lot of you will make it out to campus and enjoy the day. For a full list of times of interest, please click here. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:39 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by the SEC Network.

In just a bit I’ll give you my prediction for the big game (and for several other contests), but first let's take a look at how the two teams stack up:

LSU Offense vs. Kentucky Defense
Leonard Fournette is finding his groove, but will the Tigers’ run-centric offense be able to wreak havoc on a proven Mark Stoops defense? Well, the good news is that South Carolina showed that it’s possible to have a big day on the ground against the Wildcats. In a 45-38 Kentucky win, South Carolina’s Mike Davis rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns, averaging eight yards per carry. What I’ve seen from the Kentucky defense thus far leads me to believe this group is athletic, but vulnerable against a strong rushing offense. Florida, for instance, was able to pile up 237 yards on the ground, and Matt Jones had 156 yards in the overtime victory. When Kentucky has faced a potent rushing attack (Florida, South Carolina), it has given up an average of 37 points. For these reasons, I give a slight edge to LSU’s offense and predict that Fournette will have another 100-yard rushing performance. But, with that said, it’s clear that LSU needs to strive to become less one-dimensional and more balanced in this game and throughout the remainder of the season. 
Advantage LSU

LSU defense vs. Kentucky Offense
Classified as a dual-threat quarterback, I view Kentucky’s Patrick Towles as more of a pocket passer, so LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis should have less nightmares heading into this week’s matchup. Towles has the ability to make plays with his legs and arm, but he’s far from a Nick Marshall or Dak Prescott, who gave LSU fits running earlier this season. As Auburn and Mississippi State illustrated by piling on more than 1,000 total yards, dual-threat quarterbacks have generally had more success against LSU’s defense than pocket passers. Towles has just barely more than 100 yards rushing this season, so if LSU gives up a lot of yards on the ground to Towles, that will be alarming. LSU’s defensive backfield has played well, despite Rashard Robinson giving up a couple of big plays (to Auburn’s Sammy Coates and Florida’s Demarcus Robinson), and I like the Tigers’ pass defense in this matchup. However, LSU is still trying to anchor down the middle and stop the run, and that worries me with Jojo Kemp running behind Kentucky’s talented offensive line. Kemp and fellow running back Braylon Heard have combined for just under 600 yards rushing, and they could prove worrisome against LSU’s interior. Defensive tackle Davon Godchaux played great against Florida, but until I see more from the DTs on a consistent basis, I’ll give the Wildcat’s strong running offense an edge over LSU’s defense.
Advantage Kentucky

Special Teams
Kentucky is a middle-of-the-pack team as far as special teams goes, while LSU has proven to be very good, for the most part. Where the two teams are similar is in kickoff and punt returns, but LSU is much stronger in the kicking game. In fact, the Tigers are 3rd in the conference in punting and 1st in field goal kicking.  Kentucky is 10th in punting and 8th in field goals.
Advantage LSU

Intangibles
I’m not a big believer in moral victories, nor do I like to overemphasize wins or losses. However, I can acknowledge that anytime a team has to scratch and claw to get a victory on the road with its back against the wall it’s a big deal. That’s exactly what LSU did in The Swamp last week. The win should serve as a confidence booster, and with so many young players contributing, that’s essential. The Tigers are getting their mojo back, and the setting is a night game in Death Valley, where opponents’ dreams come to die. All signs point to an LSU win.
Advantage LSU 

Look for my Keys to an LSU Victory in tomorrow’s report.

Now, it’s time for my weekly predictions. In last week’s wacky action I went 9-2, and on the season my record is 64-20 (.761), straight up. Here we go…

LSU 33 Kentucky 27
Alabama 30 Texas A&M 24
Ole Miss 35 Tennessee 17
Georgia 35 Arkansas 28
Florida 27 Missouri 17
South Carolina 40 Furman 6
SE Louisiana 41 Central Arkansas 14
LA Tech 38 Texas-San Antonio 17
Northwestern State 28 Sam Houston State 31
McNeese State  42 Abilene Christian 10
Tulane 14 UFC 35 

In other football news, yesterday LSU announced a couple of exciting future additions to LSU’s football schedule. The additions include a home-and-home two-game series against the University of Texas starting in 2019, and a contest against Miami in the Cowboys Classic to open the 2018 season. For more on these games, please see this press release from LSU.

In recruiting news, my friend Jimmy Smith of nola.com wrote this article on running back Derrius Guice re-opening his commitment that I think many of you will find interesting. In it, Smith states that there’s more to the story than meets the eye and that he still considers Guice’s commitment solid. I’ve decided to put Guice back on my list of LSU commitments and consider him as a soft commitment at this time. 

Reader Comments: Hey Scott, here is a great read about the historical meaning of LSU playing in the Cowboys Classic again. It shows how the Bayou Bengals and their fans always show up to play and will tie a "certain school" for most appearances in that game.

 

 

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