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9/25/16 1:15 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Gut-wrenching. Sickening. Disheartening. Those are a few words that come to mind as I sit here trying to decide what to write about LSU’s 18-13 loss at Auburn. The truth is, LSU was beaten in every facet of the game, including coaching, yet never gave up and nearly pulled off one of the the most dramatic win in school history on a last second touchdown completion, only to have the play overruled by the booth officials who determined that the clock struck zero before LSU got the play off. Within five minutes of the game’s end, my inbox was overflowing with messages from Tiger Fans who’ve simply had enough, and that’s understandable. Although the Tigers are, from a purely technically standpoint, still in the SEC title hunt, the reality is that it’s nearly impossible to imagine LSU competing favorably against the likes of Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Alabama without some kind of major turnaround, and that’s inexcusable considering the level of talent on this team. But getting back to last night’s game, here are my initial thoughts:

Defensively, LSU held Auburn to 18 points, which is respectable, but considering AU’s offense only scored 13 versus Clemson and 16 versus Texas A&M, I felt Dave Aranda’s group could have done more. The defense did stiffen up in the red zone and prevent Auburn from scoring a single touchdown, and it did produce a key turnover that led to a short field goal and a 13-12 lead that LSU carried into the fourth quarter. Still, it ultimately allowed 388 yards of offense and had far too many busted plays in the secondary which allowed Auburn to get into field goal range and put points on the board.

Offensively, quarterback Danny Etling played with a lot of heart and determination but didn’t get a lot of health. Part of this was due to his own actions as he fumbled once and failed to recognize open receivers in the final drive, but a bigger part was due to the weak play of the offensive line which put him under duress most of the night and was the foundation of LSU’s offensive woes. Etling’s receivers didn’t help him any either, as they often struggled to get separation and had a couple of drops. As for the running game, I was disappointed that the Tigers didn’t lean more on Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, especially early on. Fournette averaged 9.1 yards per carry in the first half but had only seven carries and didn’t touch the ball for the final 10 minutes of the half. As for Guice, he broke a 52-yard run late in the first quarter, but didn’t get another carry in the half and ended the game with only three carries. 

On special teams, LSU was beaten badly. Punter Josh Growden was very inconsistent and averaged only 37 yards per punt on five attempts, while Kicker Colby Delahoussaye  made 2-of-3 field goals, but missed a 51-yarder that came after LSU shot itself in the foot by losing 14 yards on the two previous plays. Meanwhile, Auburn’s special teams were outstanding, especially field goal kicker Daniel Carlson. Not only did Carlson go 6-for-6, he nailed a 51-yarder early in the game that forced LSU to go for a touchdown instead of a short field goal in the waning moments of the contest. Carlson also nailed all of his kicks in the end zone or beyond, preventing Derrius Guice from having any opportunity to make an impact on kickoff returns.

As for coaching, from the head-scratching use of Fournette and Guice in the running game to the clock mismanagement in the final drive, it was precisely the kind of game Les Miles could not afford to have, especially since it gave him his second loss in September for the first time in his LSU career, and his fifth loss in nine games. As for what this means for Miles’s immediate future, only time will tell, though I suspect that time is drawing near. Presently, I’m too tired to speculate, and I know better than to make any rash statements at 1:15 a.m.  

Below is the complete boxscore from last night’s game, and here are LSU’s video highlights.

LSU-AU-Boxscore

As I do most weeks, I’ll leave you with a good read to go along with your Sunday morning coffee.

• ESPN: Inside the play: LSU's game-winning TD that wasn’t

• Rabalais: For Les Miles, perhaps fate has decided enough is enough

Stay tuned, Tiger Fans, as we’ll have more on the contest and what lies ahead in a subsequent report.


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9/25/16 1:15 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Gut-wrenching. Sickening. Disheartening. Those are a few words that come to mind as I sit here trying to decide what to write about LSU’s 18-13 loss at Auburn. The truth is, LSU was beaten in every facet of the game, including coaching, yet never gave up and nearly pulled off one of the the most dramatic win in school history on a last second touchdown completion, only to have the play overruled by the booth officials who determined that the clock struck zero before LSU got the play off. Within five minutes of the game’s end, my inbox was overflowing with messages from Tiger Fans who’ve simply had enough, and that’s understandable. Although the Tigers are, from a purely technically standpoint, still in the SEC title hunt, the reality is that it’s nearly impossible to imagine LSU competing favorably against the likes of Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Alabama without some kind of major turnaround, and that’s inexcusable considering the level of talent on this team. But getting back to last night’s game, here are my initial thoughts:

Defensively, LSU held Auburn to 18 points, which is respectable, but considering AU’s offense only scored 13 versus Clemson and 16 versus Texas A&M, I felt Dave Aranda’s group could have done more. The defense did stiffen up in the red zone and prevent Auburn from scoring a single touchdown, and it did produce a key turnover that led to a short field goal and a 13-12 lead that LSU carried into the fourth quarter. Still, it ultimately allowed 388 yards of offense and had far too many busted plays in the secondary which allowed Auburn to get into field goal range and put points on the board.

Offensively, quarterback Danny Etling played with a lot of heart and determination but didn’t get a lot of health. Part of this was due to his own actions as he fumbled once and failed to recognize open receivers in the final drive, but a bigger part was due to the weak play of the offensive line which put him under duress most of the night and was the foundation of LSU’s offensive woes. Etling’s receivers didn’t help him any either, as they often struggled to get separation and had a couple of drops. As for the running game, I was disappointed that the Tigers didn’t lean more on Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, especially early on. Fournette averaged 9.1 yards per carry in the first half but had only seven carries and didn’t touch the ball for the final 10 minutes of the half. As for Guice, he broke a 52-yard run late in the first quarter, but didn’t get another carry in the half and ended the game with only three carries. 

On special teams, LSU was beaten badly. Punter Josh Growden was very inconsistent and averaged only 37 yards per punt on five attempts, while Kicker Colby Delahoussaye  made 2-of-3 field goals, but missed a 51-yarder that came after LSU shot itself in the foot by losing 14 yards on the two previous plays. Meanwhile, Auburn’s special teams were outstanding, especially field goal kicker Daniel Carlson. Not only did Carlson go 6-for-6, he nailed a 51-yarder early in the game that forced LSU to go for a touchdown instead of a short field goal in the waning moments of the contest. Carlson also nailed all of his kicks in the end zone or beyond, preventing Derrius Guice from having any opportunity to make an impact on kickoff returns.

As for coaching, from the head-scratching use of Fournette and Guice in the running game to the clock mismanagement in the final drive, it was precisely the kind of game Les Miles could not afford to have, especially since it gave him his second loss in September for the first time in his LSU career, and his fifth loss in nine games. As for what this means for Miles’s immediate future, only time will tell, though I suspect that time is drawing near. Presently, I’m too tired to speculate, and I know better than to make any rash statements at 1:15 a.m.  

Below is the complete boxscore from last night’s game, and here are LSU’s video highlights.

LSU-AU-Boxscore

As I do most weeks, I’ll leave you with a good read to go along with your Sunday morning coffee.

• ESPN: Inside the play: LSU's game-winning TD that wasn’t

• Rabalais: For Les Miles, perhaps fate has decided enough is enough

Stay tuned, Tiger Fans, as we’ll have more on the contest and what lies ahead in a subsequent report.

9/24/16 5:45 am CST

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

Today at 5 p.m., LSU and Auburn will face off at Jordan-Hare Stadium in what should be a great game and a very pivotal one for both teams. The battle of the Tigers commences at 5 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN with Mark Jones (pxp), Rod Gilmore (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (sideline) on the call. To help get you pumped for this hugely important game, LSU has released another hype video, this one being the official LSU-Auburn trailer – and it’s a doozy!

Since 1988, the LSU-Auburn series has been filled with memorable moments that, in many instances, have led to catchy names. In 1988, LSU’s Tommy Hodson hit Eddie Fuller in the back of the end zone on fourth down with 1:41 left to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over fourth-ranked Auburn. The noise from the stadium crowd after the play registered on a seismograph across campus prompting the game to be called “The Earthquake Game” (see video). In 1994, Auburn intercepted five passes in the fourth quarter, returning three for TDs, and posted a 30-26 win over LSU in a game that became known as “The Interception Game.” In 1996, with the old Auburn Sports Arena burning to the ground a couple hundred yards away, LSU beat Auburn, 19-15, in a game that came to be known as “The Night the Barn Burned.” And who can forget the game in that special 2007 season when Demetrius Byrd caught a 22-yard TD pass from Matt Flynn with just one second left to send LSU to a 30-24 win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium? After coming up with the catch, Byrd gave the “Can’t See Me” gesture to the LSU student section, leading to that game being known as the “Can’t See Me Game” (see video). How today’s game plays out and how it will be remembered is anyone’s guess, but some are already calling the “Buyout Bowl” or the “Hot Seat Game” because of what’s seemingly at stake for Guz Malzahn or Les Miles should his team lose the contest.

As promised, here are a few keys to LSU coming away with its third consecutive win, one which would tie Les Miles with Charles McClendon for the most SEC wins by a Tiger coach (65).  

KEYS TO AN LSU VICTORY OVER AUBURN

No Second Half Letdown

Whether it be penalties, turnovers, lack of intensity or just overall sloppiness, LSU has not played well in the second half. Actually, that may be putting it lightly. As reported by ESPN, only three FBS teams (UMass, Bowling Green and Memphis) have scored fewer second-half touchdowns than LSU’s two, and the Tigers rank 96th nationally with 469 second-half yards. Making matters worse, LSU’s four second-half turnovers are tied for 11th-most in the FBS. Simply put, for LSU to win today’s game, the Fighting Tigers need to stay focused and give it their all for 60 minutes.

Smart Game Plan Around Etling

From protection to balanced play-calling to giving Danny Etling easy throws early on, LSU needs to help Etling in his first major road contest in an LSU uniform. This means don’t fall into the “run, run, pass” routine that often creates third-and-long situations. It also means accounting for speedy Auburn rushers like Carl Lawson and giving Etling a clean pocket to throw from. LSU showed great balance last week against Mississippi State, just running it seven more times than they threw it. The purple and gold Tigers also gave Etling some check-down passes to running backs early on and have done a good job of sharing the football with other skilled playmakers. Expect much of the same this week as LSU tries to get its new starting quarterback in a groove early on the road. 

Stop the Run

Without a significant threat at quarterback, running the football is key to Auburn’s success. So far this season, Auburn is averaging 194 yards per game through the air, which is 10th in the conference. Meanwhile, Auburn is first in the conference in rushing with a 262 yards per game average. It’s imperative that LSU slow down running backs Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway and force passing situations on third down. If LSU does so, that will allow Dave Aranda more opportunities to get creative and get after Auburn’s quarterbacks. Auburn is 98th in the country in sacks allowed this season, thus long third down situations could open the door for more Arden Key in the backfield.

Win on Special Teams

This can’t be stressed enough. Both Auburn’s and LSU’s special teams have taken their lumps, but in a game that’s predicted to be a defensive battle, the punting and kicking games will be vital. So far, Auburn has a huge advantage in field goals, as Daniel Carlson has nailed all six of his attempts this season. LSU has been susceptible to blocked extra points, and Colby Delahoussaye has only attempted (and made) one field goal this season. Field position is key, first and foremost, but when the opportunity arises, LSU has to capitalize with points inside the red zone. Auburn’s defense forced Texas A&M into kicking four field goals on five red zone trips last week. If they do the same to LSU, Delahoussaye will need to make every kick count.

Heavy Dose of Healthy Fournette  

If Leonard Fournette gets any momentum, good luck trying to stop him. Auburn learned that the hard way last year when Fournette ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a lopsided victory. For LSU to have the same success running the football today, the Tigers’ offensive line will need to be physical off the edge and manhandle Auburn’s smaller defensive end front. Running Fournette off tackle should give him an opportunity to pick up some momentum and turn upfield. If LSU is successful in doing that, a heavy dose of Fournette should pave the way to victory. 

One note related to that last key: LSU starting right tackle Toby Weathersby reportedly did not travel with the team to Auburn. Weathersby sprained his right ankle in the first half of the game against Mississippi State and didn’t return to action. Coach Miles said earlier in the week that if Weathersby wasn’t able to play today, Maea Teuhema would take his place. This could prove to be significant in terms of depth, but I’m not worried at all about Teuhema starting. He played well in place of Weathersby in the second half last week and started 11 games at left guard last season.   

Today’s closing tidbits:

• I’m very happy to report that the recent Shaquille O’Neal - Johnny Jones Golf Classic at Carter Plantation in Springfield raised a whopping $200,000 for area flood relief! For more on this, see this press release.

• Yesterday I mentioned that LSU baseball fall practice is starting tomorrow and today I have some practice and scrimmage times to give you. All are free and open to the public. Of course, dates and times are subject to change due to weather.

Sunday, 9/25: 1pm (scrimmage @ 3pm)
Monday, 9/26: 3pm (scrimmage @ 3pm)
Tuesday, 9/27: 3pm (scrimmage @ 4pm)
Thursday, 9/28: 3pm (scrimmage @ 5pm) 

• Several football recruits being courted by both LSU and Auburn will be attending tonight’s game at Jordan-Hare including linebackers Will Ignont and Monty Rice. You might recall that those are two linebackers who had impressive camp performances at LSU during July’s “Elite Camp.” 

• For all of you Louisiana High School Football fans, here’s a link to the LHSAA Scoreboard Twitter feed that you can use to access all of last night’s scores. 

• If you’re in Auburn for today’s game, please make note of these Times of Interest.

• And if you’re looking for a place to watch the game with like-minded Tiger Fans, here are a few locations across the country where Alumni organizations will be hosting view-in parties.

9/23/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

I’ve got several things that I’m excited to share with you today - this great new LSU hype video, Part 2 of my Q&A with Mike Detillier, the continuation of our LSU-Auburn preview, and our weekly predictions. Oh, and there’s these Times of Interest for those of you making the trip to Jordan-Hare, and even some baseball news in today’s report. That’s a lot to pack into one daily dose of Tiger News, so pour yourself an appropriately large cup of joe and let’s get to it. 

In today’s installment of the Detillier Q&A, I get Mike’s thoughts on defense, special teams, and the topic that’s been on everybody’s mind since the season opening loss – Miles’ job security. I also ask Mike a question that I’ve answered by email many times recently – why didn’t Coach Miles play Etling against Wisconsin if he’s so good? – and get his prediction on tomorrow’s score. Good stuff from Mike, as always. Give it a read and be sure to let us know your thoughts. Your feedback is appreciated.

DandyDon.com’s Q&A with Mike Detillier on LSU Football – Defense, Special Teams, Miles and More.

Now let’s move on with our preview of LSU versus Auburn, which kicks off tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium (ESPN), by looking at Special Teams and Intangibles. In case you missed it, yesterday we gave Auburn’s defense a slight advantage over LSU’s offense and LSU’s defense a big advantage over Auburn’s offense. 

Special Teams

LSU’s special teams have shown improvement in the last two games, but still have their share of issues. LSU holds a statistical advantage over Auburn in the punt return game due to TréDavious White’s big return, but the two Tiger teams are pretty much dead even in punting and kick returns. Surprisingly, LSU holds the advantage in kick return coverage. In fact, when LSU kicks the ball deep and there’s a return on kickoffs, LSU has allowed the lowest yardage per return in the conference (13.8 yards). Of course, that stat doesn’t take into account the times LSU has kicked the ball out of bounds. And we can’t forget that LSU’s “hands” unit allowed a successful onside kick by Mississippi State last week. As for Auburn’s special teams, they haven’t exactly exemplified the word “special” either, but their place kicker, Daniel Carlson, has nailed all six of his PAT and field goal attempts so far this season, whereas LSU has missed two PATs and has only had one field goal attempt. Slight Advantage Auburn

Intangibles

Auburn defenders have this game circled after last year’s embarrassing performance against Leonard Fournette, and Auburn has beaten LSU six out of the last eight times the two teams have played in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Those two victories for LSU include an unimpressive 12-10 win in 2012 and a 26-21 heart-pounding win in 2008. And who can forget that 41-7 beatdown suffered by LSU in 2014.  About the only thing that gives LSU an upswing in the intangibles department in this game is the emergence of Etling at quarterback and the spark he provides, but how he will perform in his first road contest is a big unknown. One might think that LSU has an advantage because of the fact that Coach Miles’ job is at serious risk, but the same can be said for Auburn with Guz Malzahn fighting to avoid his third loss of the season. As I mentioned before, the losing coach of this game will probably have the hottest seat in all of college football. Advantage Auburn 

By reading the two paragraphs above, one might think I’m not optimistic about LSU’s chances tomorrow, but that is not the case (as you’ll see below). Auburn didn’t have a strong vertical passing game against Clemson or Texas A&M, and I don’t think they’ll have much of one against LSU’s secondary. That, combined with the fact that LSU’s run defense has been stout, makes me think the purple and gold Tigers will force a few 3-and-outs and score some points on short-fields. Let me stop there, since I’ll be giving our Keys to Victory tomorrow, and move on with my weekly predictions. By the way, last week I went 12-3 and on the season I’m 35-11 (straight up).

Week 4 Predictions:

Alabama 51 Kent State 6
Ole Miss 35 Georgia 24
Tennessee 20 Florida 17
Mississippi State 35 UMass 9
Western Kentucky 27 Vanderbilt 21
Kentucky 17 South Carolina 24
Arkansas 33 Texas A&M 30
UL-Lafayette 21 Tulane 24
Northwestern State 17 Southeastern LA 30
LA Tech 23 Middle Tennessee 21
LSU 27 Auburn 17 

You probably weren’t expecting to read anything about baseball today, but there’s some news to pass along there as well. Believe it or not, the 2017 LSU baseball team takes the field for the first time at 1 p.m. CT Sunday, as the Tigers begin their six-week fall practice period. The fall practice session continues through November 6. All workouts in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field are free and open to the public. LSU is loaded for 2017 with eight of its nine starting position players from last season’s team returning, including senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, senior second baseman Cole Freeman, junior first baseman Greg Deichmann, sophomore third baseman Chris Reid, junior catcher Michael Papierski, junior left fielder Beau Jordan, sophomore right fielder Antoine Duplantis and junior designated hitter Bryce Jordan. Senior catcher Jordan Romero, sophomore outfielder Brody Wofford, senior infielder Bryce Adams and sophomore outfielder Brennan Breaux are other returning players with starting experience. Senior left-hander Jared Poché and All-American junior right-hander Alex Lange are back for their third straight season as one of the best 1-2 weekend starting combinations in the country. The pitching staff will also feature senior right-handed closer Hunter Newman, who led the Tigers with eight saves last season. 

In other baseball news, LSU’s Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field was ranked as the No. 1 college baseball stadium in the nation in a D1 Baseball survey released this week. I know, that not surprising, but it’s still good to hear. For more on that topic including what the coaches and SIDs who voted in the poll had to say about the Box, click here. By the way, LSU was followed in the Top 10 by Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Clemson, Florida State, Mississippi State, Coastal Carolina and North Carolina.

I’ll leave you today with a couple of feel-good articles related to LSU. This one is about the kinship LSU’s Josh Boutté formed with the victim of his unsportsmanlike hit in the Wisconsin game. And this one is about the bond that developed between Colby Delahoussaye and the mother of Mike Sadler, one of the two kickers who lost his life in the car crash Delahoussaye was in right before the season started. 

Oh, and I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange

 

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