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Joe Alleva on LSU ticket sales: ‘That’s a shame’


LSU’s ticket sales have fallen well below athletic director Joe Alleva’s expectations.

Alleva was hoping the Tigers would sell at least 50,000 tickets to Saturday’s impromptu game at Tiger Stadium against South Carolina. As of 3 p.m. Friday, 38,000 tickets had been sold, Alleva said on After Further Review on 104.9 FM Baton Rouge. That number had moved to 39,000 as of about 4:30, with 7,000 being student tickets.

Because this is South Carolina’s home game, South Carolina will keep ticket and revenue. LSU is reimbursed for the cost of putting on the game – about $500,000-600,000 – but is planning to donate some concession revenue to South Carolina as well. The game was relocated from Columbia to Baton Rouge because of the flooding in South Carolina – a move announced Wednesday.

LSU sold about 30,000 tickets to the game during a period of time when only season ticket holders and students were allowed to buy. There are 73,000 season ticket holders. About 6,000 students bought tickets during that time period. There are 12,000 student tickets available. The school has sold less than 10,000 general admission tickets since they went on sale at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Already expecting low numbers, LSU is closing the south end zone upper deck and the east side upper deck for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

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Pick 6: Q&A with an opposing beat writer

LSU’s showdown with South Carolina this Saturday was relocated, but Pick 6 is right at home.

We brought on Josh Kendall, a South Carolina beat reporter for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., for this week’s Q&A.

You can follow Josh on Twitter @JoshatTheState and read his work here.

1. Things seem to be going quite badly in Columbia (weather aside) these days. South Carolina is 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since coach Steve Spurrier’s first season with the team, but how did the Gamecocks get to this low point?

It’s a lot of things. The run of elite playmakers like Gilmore, Lattimore and Clowney ran out; they have had a very high attrition rate in some consecutive recruiting classes and they lost their starting quarterback (Connor Mitch) after two games. It all has kind of started to snowball at this point.

2. Speaking of the weather, will it play a factor in Saturday’s game in any way, and how big of a distraction will it be for the Gamecocks during the week of practice?

Note: Josh decided to skip this question given the immense amount of reporting about it over the last few days. You can find everything you need to know about the game’s relocation here.

3. USC has used three quarterbacks, none of which seem to be capable of getting the job done. True freshman Lorenzo Nunez has started the last two games, but is he the guy Spurrier will stick with going forward?

Perry Orth. (AP)

Perry Orth. (AP)

Nunez probably would get another shot this week if he was healthy (which he’s not so Perry Orth will start) but even that is not definite. He didn’t look good at all against Missouri last week, and Orth will at least give them a chance to complete some passes downfield.

4. The Gamecocks rank last in the SEC in scoring offense at 20 points per game. How can they create scoring opportunities against LSU’s defense?

If you have any ideas, Steve Spurrier will take your call. They need to get Pharoh Cooper the ball as often as possible because he’s about the only guy on this offense who scares anyone, but that’s been difficult because of the inconsistency of the quarterbacks, a stagnant running game and the fact that no other wide receivers have emerged to take some pressure off Cooper.

5. Junior WR Pharoh Cooper seems like USC’s most explosive play-maker, both through the air and on the ground. What can the Gamecocks do to get him more involved in the offense, and how important is it for him to break a few big plays?

Oops, I guess I answered this one too early. I do expect him to get some snaps in the Wildcat quarterback role this week, maybe a lot of them. Orth will look for him first and foremost when he throws the ball, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some shovel-pass type plays for him.

6. We find ourselves asking reporters this question every week — what can the Gamecocks do to slow down sophomore RB Leonard Fournette?



Hang on? I’m not sure. That’s a bad matchup for anyone, especially South Carolina. The Gamecocks have been very inconsistent with their assignments in the run game, and I think they’d consider it a victory if they simply made him work for all his yards rather than have a bust that gives him an easy 50-yard touchdown at some point.



Delly Picks: We like the underdogs this week and the Rebels

Kenny Rogers, The Gambler. (

Kenny Rogers, The Gambler. (

Delly Picks is a new blog series posting each Friday. We make picks against the spread for each Southeastern Conference game. Spreads via Degenerate Gambler’s Notes brought to you by

Arkansas (+16.5) at Alabama, 6 p.m. ESPN

  • This was not an easy pick, but the Hogs aren’t as bad as their record (2-3) and the Crimson Tide isn’t necessarily as good as its last win – a 38-10 win at Georgia. Still, if you can help it, don’t bet this game. The spread seems too accurate.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: Crimson Tide is 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Troy (+30.5) at Mississippi State, 3 p.m. SEC Network

  • Troy beat State as a 22-point underdog in 2001. Things haven’t gotten a lot better in Starkville, but, man, that’s a lot of points.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: In their last four meetings against Troy, State is 1-3 against the spread.

Ole Miss (-45)  vs. New Mexico State, 11 a.m. SEC Network

  • Boy, the Mississippi schools are really bringing it this week with the competition. NMS hasn’t won a game this season, has lost 14 straight overall and lost at Florida 61-13 earlier this season.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Aggies are 0-6 against the spread in their last six games against the SEC.

Tennessee (+3) vs. Georgia , 2:30 p.m. CBS

  • The Vols have lost three of four – blowing big leads in each. Surely they won’t lose at home to a Georgia team just pummeled by Alabama, right? Here’s hoping they keep it a three-point game at least.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Vols are 0-4 against the spread in their last four conference games.

Missouri (+4.5)  vs. Florida, 6:30 p.m. SEC Network

  • Are the Gators really good enough to be a near 5-point favorite on the road at the two-time defending SEC East champs? No, no they’re not. Despite MU starting its backup quarterback, the Tigers’ defense is solid enough to slow the streaking Gators.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: The Gators are 5-0 against the spread in their last five road games.

South Carolina (+19.5) vs. LSU, 2:30 p.m. ESPN [Take It To Da Bank]

  • It feels like there are two things that can happen in this game. LSU wins a blowout against a flood-ravaged, nomadic squad that’s 2-3 or South Carolina keeps it close or wins against a struggling, overrated LSU team that’s played sloppy the last two games.
  • Degenerate Gambler’s Note: Somethings’ gotta give. SC is 0-4 against the spread vs. teams with a winning record, and LSU is 0-4 against the spread vs. teams with a losing record.

Tracking Our Losses

  • Record: 4-4-0
  • Take It To Da Banks: 1-0

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LSU bowl projections turning into playoff projections

Despite coming off a sluggish 44-22 win over underdog Eastern Michigan, LSU’s national bowl projections have gone through the roof.

Of the 11 bowl projections found by The Advocate this week, four have the Tigers playing in one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals, the Cotton or Orange bowls. Five other predictions have the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl with another putting LSU in the Peach Bowl.

Both the Sugar and Peach are CFP bowls but not serving as semifinal sites this year – the Sugar hosted a semifinal last season and the Peach will in 2016.

The only balloon popper in LSU’s party is Jason Kirk of, who has LSU back in the Music City Bowl playing Louisville. Kirk could be right that if the Tigers drop three or four of their remaining games they could fall to the Music City level. But remember that game is in a group of bowls that the SEC now controls as far as team assignments. It’s unlikely the SEC would send the Tigers to Nashville two years in a row.

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: CFP semifinal-Orange Bowl vs. TCU (Dec. 31, Miami)
  • David Ching (SEC blog) and Max Olson (Big 12 blog), CFP semifinal-Cotton Bowl vs. TCU (Dec. 31, Arlington, Texas)
  • College Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor (Jan. 1, New Orleans)
  • Brad Crawford, CFP semifinal-Cotton Bowl vs. TCU (Dec. 31, Arlington, Texas)
  • Pete Fiutak, Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor (Jan. 1, New Orleans)
  • Jason Kirk, Music City Bowl vs. Louisville (Dec. 30, Nashville)
  • Brett McMurphy, Sugar Bowl vs. TCU (Jan. 1, New Orleans)
  • Jerry Palm, Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor (Jan. 1, New Orleans)
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: CFP semifinal-Cotton Bowl vs. TCU (Dec. 31, Arlington, Texas)
  • Mark Schlabach, Peach Bowl vs. Memphis (Dec. 31, Atlanta)
  • Erick Smith, USA Today: Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor (Jan. 1, New Orleans)

Moving South Carolina game to BR has big impact on “off” weekend plans

LSU marching band to fill in for South Carolina’s band at Saturday’s game

LSU notebook: Billboards welcome South Carolina to Baton Rouge


LSU-South Carolina times of interest


8 a.m.                                    Ticket office opens
8 a.m.                                    LSU SportShop opens
11:30 a.m.                            Tiger One Village opens (front of PMAC)
11:30 a.m.                            Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium
11:45 a.m.                            LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium
Noon                                    All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium
12:25 p.m.                            LSU walks down “Victory Hill”
1:20 p.m.                              Band comes down Victory Hill
2:20 p.m.                              Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame
2:22 p.m.                              Moment of Silence, South Carolina Alma Mater. LSU Alma Mater and National Anthem
2:30:30 p.m.                         South Carolina intro video
2:32 p.m.                              South Carolina takes the field
2:33 p.m.                              LSU takes the field
2:33 p.m.                              Coin toss at midfield
2:36 p.m.                              Kickoff: LSU vs. South Carolina on ESPN       
*In Bold: South Carolina, as the home team, will take the field first, and LSU will play SC’s alma mater first and then its own, all preceded by a moment of silence.

LSU vs. South Carolina: Five memorable games


LSU and South Carolina have been infrequent football foes, over the years, meeting just 20 times previously. Even since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992, these teams have met just seven times. LSU holds a commanding 17-2-1 lead in the series, 11-1 in Baton Rouge and 5-1-1 since 1992. Saturday’s meeting promises to be the strangest chapter in the series, with South Carolina moving its home game to Baton Rouge because of deadly flooding in its home state, but there have been other memorable games, too. Here’s a look back at five of the best:

Sept. 17, 1966 – LSU 28, South Carolina 12: In a non-conference game he helped schedule while still LSU’s coach, Paul Dietzel returns to Tiger Stadium in his first game at South Carolina. Dietzel has just left Army, which he left LSU for in 1962. The victory is a huge one for Charles McClendon, Dietzel’s former assistant and successor, who goes on to become LSU’s winningest coach.

Dec. 31, 1987 – LSU 30, South Carolina 13: A showdown in the Gator Bowl matches LSU’s dynamic passing duo of Tommy Hodson and Wendell Davis against the No. 8 Gamecocks’ Black Death defense. Hodson, Davis and LSU win in a rout, combining for touchdown passes of 39, 12 and 25 yards. The win pushes the Tigers to No. 5 in the final AP poll and a 10-1-1 record, their most wins and best ranking since 1961.

Oct. 1, 1994 – South Carolina 18, LSU 17: After throwing three pick sixes at Auburn the game before, Jamie Howard is limited to just 7 of 16 passing for 53 yards with two interceptions and two fumbles. Stanley Pritchett’s 1-yard blast on fourth-and-goal is the difference as South Carolina beats LSU for just the second time ever – both times by one point.

 Oct. 18, 2003 – LSU 33, South Carolina 7: One week after the Tigers offense fails to score in a 19-7 loss to Florida, LSU goes to Columbia minus its top two rushers: Joseph Addai and Shyrone Carey. But freshmen Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard combine for 185 yards rushing and two TDs. The victory is the turning point for an LSU team that peels off eight straight wins en route to the BCS national championship.

Sept. 22, 2007 – LSU 28, South Carolina 16: The Tigers are off to a strong 3-0 start but face a tricky day game at home against the No. 12 Gamecocks. LSU turns out to be the tricky party as the Tigers call “Red Alert Roxie,” a fake field goal play. Quarterback and holder Matt Flynn flips a perfect over the shoulder pass to kicker Colt David as he races untouched 15 yards for the score.

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Report: South Carolina to start third string QB Perry Orth at LSU

Perry Orth. (AP)

Perry Orth. (AP)

South Carolina will start its third-string quarterback against LSU, coach Steve Spurrier told The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.

Perry Orth will start for the Gamecocks in place of No. 2 starter Lorenzo Nunez, who is still battling a shoulder injury he suffered last week in a loss at Missouri. South Carolina’s top QB, Connor Mitch, is out at least another week or so with a separated shoulder and deep thigh bruise he suffered nearly a month ago.

Spurrier said earlier this week that he expected Nunez to be healthy enough to start. Bleacher Report first reported the news.

Orth, a former junior college transfer who threw just two passes all of last season, has started one game this year and played in five. A Florida native, Orth is 23-of-47 with two interceptions and one touchdown. He’s tossed for 287 yards in 2015.

LSU’s game against South Carolina, relocated to Baton Rouge because of the flooding in the Palmetto State, is set to be a run-heavy showdown. The two starting quarterbacks in the game have combined to throw for just 669 yards and three touchdowns. They combine to complete just 52 percent of their passes.

LSU QB Brandon Harris went just 4-for-15 against Eastern Michigan. His receivers dropped about five passes.

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LSU-South Carolina to air on ESPN


LSU’s game against South Carolina will air on ESPN, the Southeastern Conference announced Thursday.

Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. for a game relocated from Columbia, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge because of massive flooding in the Palmetto State. That announcement was made just before noon Wednesday. A time released a few hours afterward, but the television wasn’t revealed until Thursday morning.

The network made every effort to claim LSU and running back Leonard Fournette, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, for its primary channel.

ESPN bumped several games from their scheduled network to make the move, including Minnesota at Purdue, which was scheduled for that time and channel. It has been moved to ESPNU. At least two other changes included UConn-Central Florida moving from ESPNU to ESPNews and Tulane-Temple, an 11 a.m. kick, moving from ESPNews to ESPNU. Six games were moved, according to this Tulane statement. 

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No whites: LSU will wear purple for game against South Carolina

LSU wore gold jerseys against Florida in 1998. (Getty)

LSU wore gold jerseys against Florida in 1998. (Getty)

LSU will wear something other than white jerseys at home against a Southeastern Conference team for the first time in nearly 20 years.

South Carolina will wear white tops in the relocated game against the No. 7 Tigers (4-0, 2-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, forcing LSU to wear purple jerseys. The Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3) were planning on wearing white tops for the game at Williams-Brice Stadium – a decision they made known to LSU in the summer. The game was moved to Baton Rouge because of the South Carolina flooding.

The Tigers haven’t worn a jersey other than white at home in an SEC game since wearing gold tops against Vanderbilt in 1996. The Commodores coach Rod Dowhower denied LSU from wearing its traditional home whites during that game. Dowhower and Gerry DiNardo, then the LSU coach, did not shake hands after that game.

LSU won that game 35-0.

Shortly after DiNardo became coach in 1995, he went to the NCAA football rules committee and got the body to amend the rule requiring home teams to wear dark jerseys. The amendment states that the home team must get permission from the visiting team to allow them to wear white jerseys.

The Tigers last wore something other than white for an SEC game at Mississippi State in 2009 – a 30-26 Tigers victory.

In 1998, Steve Spurrier’s Florida team wore white at home, forcing LSU to wear gold jerseys. LSU lost 22-10. Spurrier is now the coach of South Carolina.

Since 1977, LSU is 20-22-2 in purple in Tiger Stadium against SEC teams. All such games took place from 1982-94.

LSU, South Carolina players react to game relocation


LSU’s game against South Carolina has been moved from USC to Baton Rouge because of the massive flooding in the east coast state.

Tigers players are naturally overjoyed. Even some South Carolina players seem excited to play in Tiger Stadium. Both groups of players weighed in on Twitter on Wednesday.


South Carolina place kicker Elliot Fry took a shot at SC’s in-state rival, Clemson.


USC defensive end Gerald Dixon seems much happier about the decision than his fellow D-end.



LSU players Kevin Toliver, Derrius Guice and Nick Brossette