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10/3/15 6:00 am CDT

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

On a cool, crisp fall evening, the Tigers will look to extend their 50-game non-conference regular season win streak and clean up a few mistakes from last week when they take on Eastern Michigan in Tiger Stadium. The game, which will be the Tigers’ first home night contest of the season (the McNeese cancellation doesn’t count), is set to kickoff at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. I invite you to follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter as I’ll be tweeting a few comments and stats throughout the game.

On most game days I give you my keys to an LSU victory, but with LSU being a 44-point favorite in this game I will instead give you my keys to a successful showing. Here we go…

Keys to a Successful LSU Showing Against Eastern Michigan

Reduce Penalties
The Tigers have committed 28 penalties through three games this season, and their average of 86 penalty yards per game is the 7th most among FBS schools. LSU could probably overcome a lot of penalties in today’s game, but that will not be the case against future opponents.There’s no better time than today to focus on communication issues and work out the kinks.  

Pressure the Quarterback
As Mike Detillier pointed out in yesterday’s Q&A, pressure breaks the pipes in football, and for the Tigers to really make the most of this season they need to develop a big-time pass rusher. LSU has several candidates who have shown great potential, but none more-so than true freshman Arden Key. The only thing holding Key back is experience, and the more reps he gets the better he’ll be. Here’s hoping he gets a lot of reps today. I’m also hoping to see Isaiah Washington as a pass rusher today, assuming he’s able to play. Washington injured his wrist in the preseason and hasn’t yet had an opportunity to show what he can do.

Get Guys Involved
In addition to Washington, I’d like to see LSU play several guys who haven’t seen a lot of playing time thus far - guys like wide receivers DJ Chark and Trey Quinn, tight end DeSean Smith, running backs Derrius Guice and Nick Brossette, defensive tackle Quintin Thomas and cornerback Ed Paris. 

Put the Special Back in Special Teams
The Tigers have given up too many hidden yards this season by not kicking the ball deep and allowing big returns on kickoffs. In fact, nearly half (6-of-13) of all kickoffs returned against the Tigers have gone for 25 yards or more, including a 40-yard return and a 37-yard return. If the Tigers score as often as I think they will today, they should have many opportunities to improve in this area. And while I don’t expect LSU to do a whole lot of punting in this game, I would like to see Jamie Keehn improve his consistency.  

Improve the Passing Game
Last, but far from least, I hope to see Brandon Harris have a breakout game passing the ball. As I have written several times, Harris has played very well so for this season and has done everything asked of him. The only problem is that LSU hasn’t asked him to do a whole heck of a lot in the passing game. LSU is averaging only 15.7 pass attempts per game, which is the fewest in the SEC. That’s understandable considering that LSU has the best running back in the country, but at some point in the season LSU will need Harris to win a game for them with his arm. Tonight’s game offers the most risk-free opportunity for Harris to get the reps he and his receivers need. 

In recruiting news, LSU will be entertaining at least 15 recruits this weekend, including several players already committed to LSU and a few big targets for 2016 and 2017. The visitor list, as per this report by 247Sports, is highlighted by a couple of big-time defensive linemen for 2017.  One is Marvin Wilson (6-4, 316, Episcopal High, Bellaire), the top-rated defensive tackle in the country, and the other is defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson (6-3, 205), the teammate of LSU 2016 safety commit Eric Monroe at Northshore High in Houston. The two biggest uncommitted 2016 targets visiting this weekend are linebacker Marvin Terry (6-1, 216) of South Oak Cliff High in Dallas, and offensive lineman Collin Fountain (6-2.5, 313) of  Barbe High in Lake Charles. 

In baseball news, sophomore Bryce Jordan suffered a torn meniscus on Wednesday and will miss the remainder of fall practice. Jordan was off to a great start this fall and was one of two leading contenders for the first base position, according to this article by the Advocate. Jordan will have surgery Monday and is expected to be fully recovered by the spring. Still, his loss this fall will make Coach Mainieri’s task of replacing eight position players from last year’s team a little more daunting.   

A few closing tidbits:

• For those of you planning on attending today’s game, here are the day’s Times of Interest. Also, Louisiana’s Office of Tourism website, LouisianaTravel.com, is encouraging fans to arrive early and make a day of it by suggesting these 5 Ways to Spend the Day Around LSU's Tiger Stadium

• All of the scores from last night’s Louisiana high school football action can be found on our statewide prep football scoreboard.

• Oh, and don’t forget to follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter for comments and stats during the big game. Have a great day, Tiger Fans!


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10/2/15 5:35 am CDT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As promised, today I’ve posted Part 2 of my Q&A with Mike Detillier, which is on the topic of LSU’s defense and special teams. In it, I get Mike’s thoughts on LSU’s new defensive coaches, the defense’s second half performances, depth along the defensive line and much more. Mike even shares his thoughts on the SEC West in general and LSU’s grueling November schedule. Check it out and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. And if you missed yesterday’s first installment (on offense), you can find links to both parts below.

Part 1 of 2: Mike Detillier’s Thoughts on LSU’s Offense

Part 2 of 2: Mike Detillier’s Thoughts on LSU’s Defense and Special Teams

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get pumped for tomorrow’s game against Eastern Michigan which kicks off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. I know, the competition isn’t all that, but how can you not be excited about another opportunity to see this undefeated Tiger team on a cool crisp Fall day like the one forecast for tomorrow? If you’re making plans to head out to Tiger Stadium, you might want to check out these Times of Interest for Tomorrow’s Game.

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.

LSU offense vs. Eastern Michigan defense
The matchup of LSU's offense going against Eastern Michigan's defense might be the biggest mismatch in all of football in 2015. Why? Well, Eastern Michigan is last in the nation in rush defense, allowing 373 yards per game, and LSU has a pretty special running back that you might have heard about. With the way Leonard Fournette has been running the football, don't be surprised if he breaks LSU’s single-game rushing record of 250 yards (70 percent of you believe he will, according to our recent poll), and don't be surprised if he does it fairly early. Of course, as I’ve said before, I’m much  less concerned about Fournette setting a record than I am about LSU playing a good clean game and getting in some much needed work in the passing game. EMU’s pass defense is actually very good, at least on paper, as the Eagles rank 7th in the nation in terms of fewest passing yards allowed per game. Through four games this season, they’ve allowed an average of only 127 yards per game through the air. 
Big Advantage LSU

LSU defense vs. Eastern Michigan offense
The Eagles have soared on offense to the tune of 34 points per game. But don’t let the numbers fool you, as this average was accumulated against weak competition. With that said, the Eagles do have a few playmakers. Senior running back Darius Jackson is undoubtedly the best player on their team. Once Jackson has the ball in his hands and reaches the second level, his acceleration is impressive. This season, he already has more than 400 yards rushing and more than 150 receiving with eight total touchdowns. Jackson could very well impact the game, especially if the Eagles are able to get him the ball out of the backfield. The Tigers’ rush defense has looked superb this season, but opponents have had success throwing the ball, especially late in the second half. Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback has proved to be an efficient passer, completing 60 percent of his passes so far this season, but the sophomore quarterback has already thrown four interceptions. Bringing pressure and making Roback rush his throws could lead to some big defensive plays for the Tigers. 
Advantage LSU  

Special Teams 
Many Tiger fans will be closely watching this phase of the game after last week's disappointing special teams performance against Syracuse. Eastern Michigan lacks a gifted returner like Syracuse's Brisley Estime, who helped create many advantages in field position for the Orange last week. In the game against Syracuse, Tre'Davious White reminded fans of how dangerous he is in the return game by returning a punt for a touchdown, but other than that, LSU’s special teams were far from special, especially in the first half. Because of this, I suspect this phase of the game was drilled hard throughout practice this week and the Tigers will be eager to show improvement. As you noticed in the statistical chart I posted on Wednesday, EMU has the advantage over LSU in average yards per punt and in yards per kick return, but that’s not enough to give them the edge in this comparison.
Advantage LSU  

Eastern Michigan has nothing to lose, entering this game as a 45-point underdog. That could provide a psychological advantage of sorts, but the pure athleticism of LSU will be too much for the Eagles to overcome. The question is whether or not LSU will allow Eastern Michigan to hang around, as penalties seem to be the only thing slowing down LSU's powerful rushing attack. LSU has committed an average of 86 penalty yards per game this season, which has been a thorn in the Tigers' paw, to say the least. This contest serves as a perfect opportunity for LSU to iron out all the kinks. From coverage on defense to playing sound special teams to cutting down on penalties, a clean game is exactly what LSU needs. Although Eastern Michigan is an inferior opponent, I expect LSU to be extremely eager to show that they can play more soundly than they did last week, and to be pumped to play what what will be, for all intents and purposes, their first night game in Tiger Stadium this season. 
Big Advantage LSU  

That’s it for today, folks. Get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather. It’s a great time to be a Tiger!


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10/1/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As promised, today I have a new interview with College Football & NFL Analyst Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU football to share with you, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. In today’s segment (part 1-of-2), Mike comments on whether this LSU team is a playoff contender and on a wide variety of topics related to LSU’s offense. These include the improvement of Brandon Harris, the need for balance, and, of course, Leonard Fournette. And since a hot topic of discussion among the media yesterday was an article by Mike Florio of NBC Sports that suggested Fournette should skip his junior season to avoid injury (an idea that Kirk Herbrstreit called “a bunch of crap”), I asked Mike to chime in on that as well. Tomorrow I’ll conclude the Q&A with Mike’s thoughts on LSU’s defense and special teams.

Part 1 of 2: Mike Detillier’s Thoughts on LSU’s Offense

Before moving on with our normal order of business, I want to pass along the news of LSU’s game against Syracuse being the most watched game on ESPN last week. More than 3.5 million people watched the game and saw Fournette rack up 244 rushing yards, and that kind of exposure will undoubtedly prove valuable to Fournette’s Heisman candidacy and to LSU in general. Here is a brief press release by LSU on the topic, and what strikes me in it is the statement about the increase in online viewers compared to last year. As Lyn Rollins stated in the guest article he wrote for this site back in July, The Times They Are A Changin’.

As he does each Wednesday, Coach Miles held his weekly radio talk show to discuss last week’s win over Syracuse and this weekend’s game in Syracuse. Below is a summary of what was said.

Before taking any calls, Coach Miles and Jim Hawthorne talked about last week’s game and ended up on the topic of penalties - in particular the one called against Lewis Neal for continuing to play once his helmet came off. Miles said after the play Neal told him, “I'm not gonna let that guy stay in bounds, coach. It’s just not in me.” Miles reiterated to him the importance of the rule and said that if he wouldn’t have pursued the player out of bounds the most he would have gotten was three yards, but because of the penalty he got 15. He said he made his point clearly and that Neal gets it.

The first caller of the night was Sadie, who asked about the dropped passes in the game. Her question was whether the coaches work with the players who drop passes individually or in groups. Miles said they do both – first individually and then as a group.

Rickey from Birmingham asked whether Syracuse’s long TD pass was due to a well designed play or busted coverage. Miles said in very direct terms that it was due to busted coverage, and that a defensive back was looking in the backfield instead of taking responsibility for his man.

The next caller, Deuce, very firmly reprimanded Coach Miles for the team’s problem with penalties. He said penalties show a lack of discipline, and used the aforementioned statement by Lewis Neal (“I'm not gonna let that guy stay in bounds, coach. It's just not in me”) as an example. Miles calmly and politely told the caller that sometimes you have to understand the nature of the man, and that in Neal’s case he needed that to happen to him personally before he could ever fully understand why he shouldn’t do that. He then added, “I’ll eat that one. I’ll take the blame.”

Lucy from the live audience asked Coach Miles what his favorite way to celebrate after winning a game is. Miles answered, “Spending time with my kids and my wife.” He also said he likes to watch SportsCenter after his team has already secured its victory and others are out their scrapping for their own.

Jimmy asked Coach Miles his opinion about Herschel Walker saying today that Leonard Fournette is better than he was. Miles said that was a tremendous compliment coming from a  man of his magnitude, and described Fournette as unspoiled, sincere, hard-working and humble. Miles then said that Fournette is still very much defining who he is, and that “we’re still on the front end of it.”

After giving his weekly comedic spiel, the Evil Twin asked about the status of two injured players - defensive end Tashawn Bower and safety Jalen Mills. Miles said Bower practiced Wednesday and that they expect him to play in Saturday’s game, although he might be a little limited. As for Mills, Miles said, “He is working constantly, running now and cutting. We’re gonna put a date on it here pretty quick.” He also said that tight end Dillon Gordon could be back in action pretty soon and that he’s “day-to-day” at this point.

A little later, Ron asked about the officiating crew that worked the Syracuse game (the same crew that worked the Bama game last year) and pointed out that several calls against LSU were bogus and several could have been called against Syracuse that were not. He asked Miles what can be done to make sure that crew can’t officiate a big game like the upcoming one against Alabama where we need it to be an 11-versus-11 contest. Miles said he has never felt like there was an official or group of officials who were intentionally out to get them, and he doesn’t believe that was the case last Saturday. He did concede, however, that there were a disproportionate number of calls made against LSU, but said he and the players take the blame for that.  

The next caller, after hearing all the talk yesterday about Fournette possibly not playing next year, asked what it all meant and whether Fournette would be back. Miles dismissed all that talk and said the people who say things things like that are just trying to stir the pot. “What if he’s got goals, what if he really enjoys his teammates and being a part of the college atmosphere, what if he has a financial position that offsets injury? The reality is Leonard is a squared away guy who will do the right thing,” said Miles.

The last caller of the night asked about LSU dropping in the AP poll because of the margin of victory against Syracuse. Miles said something like, “I sat on the ball at the end. 10 or 17 points makes no difference to me. I wanted the victory. When we get to backend of the season, margin of victory will not matter. Only victory will matter.”

Continuing with our normal Thursday morning business, here are my weekly football predictions. Last week I went 8-3 straight-up, and on the season my record is 42-9 (.824). Here we go…

Georgia 31 Alabama 30
Tennessee 35 Arkansas 31
Texas A&M 42 Mississipi State 38
Ole Miss 33 Florida 27
South Carolina 31 Missouri 27
Vanderbilt 17 Middle Tennessee 14
Auburn 42 San Jose State 17
LA Tech  38 UL-Lafayette 27
Georgia Southern 27 UL-Monroe 21
Northwestern State 30 Incarnate Word 24
LSU 48 Eastern Michigan 13  

Last but not least, don’t forget that the deadline for making your picks in this week’s Louisiana High School Football Pickem is today at 5 p.m. The contest is fun and free and I hope a lot of you will join in and test your knowledge of LA prep football.

Oh, and I’ve updated out Ticket Echange with several new listings.


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