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Scott Rabalais is a sports columnist and sports writer for The Advocate. A Baton Rouge native, he began working at the paper in 1991 and has covered LSU athletics since 1992.

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Texas A&M

Now positioned at the end of the regular season, the LSU-Texas A&M game is poised to take off as THE rivalry in the SEC for the Tigers and Aggies. Of course, these two have been big rivals long before A&M joined the SEC in 2012. Here’s a look back at five memorable games from this colorful rivalry (LSU leads the series 29-20-3, 2-0 since A&M joined the SEC but A&M leads 7-2-1 in College Station):

Jan. 1, 1944 – LSU 19, Texas A&M 14: The Tigers travel to Miami for this Orange Bowl meeting with the Aggies by train and in cars with wartime fuel stamps saved up by LSU fans. They return home in 18 used cars purchased by a booster. In between, Steve Van Buren runs for two scores and throws for another in the Tigers’ first bowl win in four tries.

Sept. 19, 1970 – Texas A&M 20, LSU 18: In its season opener, LSU leads 18-13 with less than a minute left and A&M pinned at its 21. On third down, Aggie quarterback Lex James launches an 89-yard touchdown pass to Hugh McElroy, who scores with :13 left. The Tigers recover to go 9-3 and win their only SEC title under Charles McClendon.

Sept. 2, 1989 – Texas A&M 28, LSU 16: A No. 7-ranked LSU team expected to be a national title contender sees its hopes evaporate in the time it takes A&M’s Larry Horton to return the season’s first kickoff 92 yards for a score. The play is a portent of a dark age to come as LSU would finish 4-7, the first of six straight losing seasons.

Jan. 7, 2011 – LSU 41, Texas A&M 24: A crowd of 83,514 packs Cowboys (now AT&T) Stadium for this Cotton Bowl showdown, the first game between the Tigers and Aggies since 1995. LSU claws out of an early 10-0 hole with 288 yards rushing and three Jordan Jefferson to Terrence Toliver touchdown passes to finish 11-2 and No. 7 in the polls.

Oct. 20, 2012 – LSU 24, Texas A&M 19: Johnny Manziel runs wild against LSU – for a half – but the Tigers eventually corral the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, forcing him into three interceptions as the Tigers rally from a 12-0 deficit for the win. Jeremy Hill rushes for 127 yards, including the game-winning 47-yard touchdown run with 3:12 left.

 

 

LSU bowl projections: Week 13

The end of the regular season is drawing near, and still no clear consensus out there as to where the LSU Tigers will go bowling this season.

Among 15 national bowl projections, the Tigers are picked to go to seven different bowls, with the most popular choices the Texas and Belk bowls with four predictions each.

This week brings the prediction of a new bowl: Jason Kirk of SBNation.com now has LSU sliding outside the pool of six bowls (Outback, Taxslayer, Texas, Music City, Liberty and Belk) the SEC will pick to the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3

Bowl bids will be announced Sunday, Dec. 7, the day after the conference championship games are played.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Sam Kahn Jr. (SEC blogger) and Jake Trotter (Big 12 blogger), ESPN.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • CollegeSportsMadness.com: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Zac Ellis, SI.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Maryland
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Birmingham Bowl vs. Memphis
  • Steve Lassan, Athlon Sports: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: Music City vs. Louisville
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Dave Miller, NationalFootballPost.com: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Belk Bowl vs. Louisville
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: Belk Bowl vs. Duke

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

No matter if LSU finishes 8-4 with a win over Texas A&M or 7-5 with a loss to the Aggies, a few things appear likely.

One, LSU won’t return to the Outback Bowl. Despite the SEC’s insistence that the pool of six bowls are equal, the Outback looks like the first among equals and thus will likely get a team with a better record than LSU could offer.

Two, the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, makes little sense for the Tigers when it could have six-win South Carolina, Florida or Tennessee or Kentucky (if the latter two win this weekend) much closer at hand. It’s hard to see thousands of LSU fans flocking to Charlotte to watch a 7-5 Tigers team play two days before New Year’s, though it’s possible that opponent could be Notre Dame.

Three, a wild card in the mix is whether the Texas Bowl will get its dream paring of Texas and Texas A&M. There are conflicting reports as to whether one school or the other (or the SEC) would veto it, but if a veto doesn’t happen it appears highly unlikely the Tigers land there. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s three bowl projections (Brett McMurphy, Mark Schlabach and bloggers Sam Kahn Jr. and Jake Trotter combined) project an Aggies-Longhorns Texas Bowl.

So let’s assume A&M and Texas will fill Houston’s NRG Stadium with deep-seated animosity on Dec. 29. That probably leaves LSU to the Taxslayer, Liberty or Music City bowls. The Tigers slipping to the Birmingham Bowl, even at 7-5, seems far fetched. That’s a 6-6 team bowl for sure.

We continue to feel an 8-4 LSU team would be headed to Jacksonville, Florida, for the Taxslayer (formerly Gator) bowl. There was interest by the Taxslayer in LSU last year and there are whispers that there’s interest again. If not, especially if the Tigers are 7-5, it makes most geographic sense for LSU to go to the Liberty over the Music City Bowl, though either could happen.

But we have to make a pick. So we’ll say LSU wins Thursday and goes to the Taxslayer Bowl, and heads to the Liberty Bowl with a loss.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Music City Bowl: Dec. 30, Nashville
  • Belk Bowl: Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, Tampa
  • Taxslayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville
  • Birmingham Bowl: Jan. 3, Birmingham

LSU in the NFL: Week 12

Odell Beckham Jr.’s spectacular catch Sunday for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys remains the talk of the NFL and the highlight of the year so far for former LSU players in the NFL.

 

Here’s the complete list of LSU players in the NFL through the first 12 weeks of the regular season:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 12 Status/stats; Season

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Season: Started all games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W12: Started, no stats; Season: 5 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011­-13, New York Giants, WR, W12: 10 receptions, 146 yards, two touchdowns, 1 carry for -2 yards rushing; Season: 41-609 5 TDs receiving, 3-22 rushing, 8 punt returns for 55 yards

Alfred Blue, 2010­-13, Houston Texans, RB, W12: 16-46 rushing, 3-20 receiving; Season: 120-436 rushing, 9-76 1 TD rushing, 1 blocked punt (TD), 2 fumble recoveries, 2 tackles

Punt (TD), 2 FR, 2 ST Tackle

Dwayne Bowe, 2003­-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W12: 3-42 receiving; Season: 44-551 receiving

Michael Brockers, 2009-­11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W12: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QBH; Season: 16 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FR

Ron Brooks, 2007­-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W12: Inactive; Season: 10 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, Placed on Injured Reserve; Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Ryan Clark, 1997­-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W12: 4 tackles, 1 FR; Season: 60 Tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07, San Francisco 49ers, DT, Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W12: practice squad; Season: 1 tackle

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W12: 1 tackle; Season: 18 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W12: Did not play.; Season: 7-15, 60 yds., 1 INT; 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012­-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W12: 18-87 1 TD rushing, 1-9 receiving; Season: 131-643 6 TDs rushing, 17-138 receiving

Tyson Jackson, 2004-­08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W12: 1 tackle, 2 QBH; Season: 18 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 PBU, 2 QBH

Ricky Jean­ Francois, 2005-­08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W12: 1 QBH, 1 PBU; Season: 19 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 QBH, 5 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011­-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W12: Inactive; Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000­-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W 12: 3 punts, 45.0 avg.; Season: 53 punts, 43.6 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-­09, New England Patriots, WR, W12: 9-98 receiving; Season: 48-674 5 TDs receiving

Jarvis Landry, 2011­-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W12: 7-50 2 TDs receiving, 1 KR for 20 yards, 1 PR for 17 yards; Season 49-450 5 TDs receiving, 2-(-4) rushing, 3 tackles, 23 KR for 641 yards, 19 PR for 160 yards

LaRon Landry, 2003­-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W12: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 QBH; Season: 29 tackles, 2 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 3 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009­-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W12: 1 tackle, 1 PBU, 1 FF; Season: 37 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FF

Craig Loston, 2009­-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W12: no stats; Season: 2 tackles

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-­11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W12: 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH; Season: 27 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 QBH, 4 PBU, 1 INT, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W12: no stats; Season: 20 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-­13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W12: 20­39, 345 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT passing, 2-(-2) rushing; Season: 80­136, 1,103 yards, 7 TDs, 5 INT passing, 3-(-3) rushing

Barkevious Mingo, 2010­-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W12: 1 PBU; Season: 29 tackles, 2 QBH, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 FR, 2 PBU

Kevin Minter, 2009­-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W12: 5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QBH; Season: 28 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH

Sam Montgomery, 2009-­12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, Season: practice squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008­-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W12: 3 tackles., 1 PBU; Season: 29 tackles, 5 PBU, 2 INT, 1 TD

Rueben Randle, 2009­-11, New York Giants, WR, W12: 3-36 receiving; Season: 53-557 2 TDs receiving

Eric Reid, 2010­-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W12: 4 tackles, 1 PBU; Season: 32 tackles, 1 QBH, 3 PBU, 2 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, Placed on Injured Reserve; Season: 94-340 2 TD rushing, 4-20 receiving

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-­09, Washington Redskins, LB, W12: 6 tackles; Season: 52 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2 TFL, 1 PBU

Russell Shepard, 2009-­12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W12: 1 tackle; Season: 2-30 receiving, 9 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006­-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W12: no stats; Season: 12 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010­-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W12: no stats; Season: 7 tackles, 1 PBU

Trai Turner, 2011­-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, W12: Bye; Season: started 8 games

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-­05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG; Season: started all games

Kyle Williams, 2002­-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W12: 5 tackles, 1 TFL; Season: 29 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010­-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W12: bye; Season: 45 punts, 43.8 avg.

Al Woods, 2006­-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W12: 3 tackles; Season: 20 tackles

James Wright, 2010-­13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W12: no stats; Season: 2-32 receiving, 2-21 rushing, 3 tackles, 1 FF

On NFL roster in 2014­15, but not currently on a roster

Kendrick Adams, 2010-11, n/a, LB, Preseason week 3: Waived by Titans

Kadron Boone, 2010-13, n/a, WR, Waived from Rams practice squad, W8

J.C. Copeland, 2010-13, n/a, FB, P4: Released by Cowboys

Chris Faulk, 2010-12, n/a, OL, Waived by Browns on July 29

Michael Ford, 2009-12, n/a, RB, P4: Waived by Bears

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, n/a, WR/RS, Waived by Buccaneers on Oct. 31; Season: 2 PR, 17 yards, 2 KR, 45 yards

Drake Nevis, 2007-10, n/a, DT, Waived by Panthers on Aug. 30

Craig Steltz, 2004-07, n/a, S, P3: Released by Bears

Curtis Taylor, 2004-08, n/a, S, P4: Waived by Cardinals on Aug. 30

Spencer Ware, 2010-12, n/a, RB, P4: Waived by Seahawks on Aug. 30

Keiland Williams, 2006-09, n/a, RB, free agent

LSU bowl projections: Week 13

Trying to figure out where LSU’s going bowling this season?

So are the “experts.”

The Tigers’ 17-0 loss to Arkansas further muddled LSU’s postseason prospects

Among 16 national bowl projections the Tigers are picked to go to seven different bowls. The top pick with only four guesses is the Liberty Bowl. At least there is consensus there, with LSU facing West Virginia.

Bowl bids will be announced Dec. 7. For more on the new bowl selection process, read here.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Greg Ostendorf (SEC blogger) and Jake Trotter (Big 12 blogger), ESPN.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • CollegeSportsMadness.com: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Zac Ellis, SI.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Penn State
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Steve Lassan, Athlon Sports: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Duke
  • Dave Miller, NationalFootballPost.com: Texas Bowl vs. Texas
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Belk Bowl vs. Clemson
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Music City Bowl vs. Boston College
  • Erick Smith, USAToday.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Jim Tomlin, Tampa Bay Times: Citrus Bowl vs. Nebraska

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

LSU’s postseason address depends on a couple of factors. The major one is whether the Tigers beat Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day to finish 8-4 or lose to slide to 7-5. At 8-4, LSU will look more appealing to bowls willing to lobby the SEC – which will slot teams into the six bowls the Tigers are likely headed for: the Outback, Taxslayer, Texas, Liberty, Music City and Belk. At 7-5, LSU doesn’t have much of a pulse or leverage to get a more appealing bowl trip for itself. One prediction from Jim Tomlin of the Tampa Bay Times has LSU going to the Citrus Bowl, but that likely came before the Arkansas loss. At 8-4 the Tigers could still maybe go back to the Outback Bowl but likely would wind up in the Taxslayer (formerly Gator) Bowl or the Texas Bowl, which would be the preferred I-10 corridor destinations for LSU. A major issue with the Texas Bowl is the prospect of a Texas A&M-Texas game between these two contentious rivals. There are reports the SEC would block such a game, but clearly it would be THE best matchup the Texas Bowl could get and would definitely send the Tigers packing elsewhere. If LSU loses to A&M and the Longhorns-Aggies matchup does happen, LSU could go anywhere – but probably still not the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina for geographic reasons. If LSU’s 7-5 and the Texas Bowl is blocked, the Tigers may wind up in the Liberty or even the Music City bowls.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • Music City Bowl, Dec. 30, Nashville
  • Citrus Bowl, Jan. 1, Orlando
  • Outback Bowl, Jan. 1, Tampa
  • Taxslayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville

 

LSU in the NFL: Week 11

Former Tigers Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue made history this week as the first rookies from the same college to rush for more than 150 yards on the same weekend in NFL history. Hill rushed for 152 yards for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Saints, while Blue rushed for 156 yards for the Houston Texans in a 23-7 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Here’s the complete list of LSU players in the NFL through the first 11 weeks of the regular season:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 11 Status/stats; Season

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Season: Started all games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W11: 1 Tackle; Season: 5 Tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W11: 6 receptions, 93 yards, 3 punt returns, 39 yads; Season: 31-463 3 TDs receiving, 2 rushes, 24 yards, 7 punt returns, 56 yards

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W11: 36-156 rushing, 1 fumble recovery; Season: 104-390 rushing, 6-56 1 TD receiving, blocked punt (TD), 2 FR, 2 Tackles

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W11: 2-18 receiving; Season: 41-512 receiving

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W11: 1 Tackle; Season: 11 Tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W11: Inactive; Season: 10 Tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, Placed on Injured Reserve; Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W11: 4 Tackles; Season: 55 Tackles, 0.5 Sacks, 1 PBU

Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07, San Francisco 49ers, DT, Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W11: Bye; Season: 1 tackle

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W11: 1 Tackle; Season: 17 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W11: 2-2 passing, 26 yds.; Season: 7-15, 60 yds., 1 INT; 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W11: 27-152 rushing, 1-13 receiving, 1 fumble; Season: 113-556 5 TDs rushing, 16-129 receiving, 1 fumble

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W11: 1 Tackle; Season: 17 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W11: No stats; Season: 19 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 QBH, 4 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W11: Inactive; Season: 1 Tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W11: 4 punts, 39.8 avg.; Season: 50 punts, 43.6 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W11: 3-62 receiving; Season: 39-576 4 TDs receiving

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W11: 5-46 TD receving, 2 KR, 47 yds; Season: 42-400 4 TDs receving, 2-(-4) rushing, 3 Tackles, 22 KR, 621 yds, 18 PR, 143 yds, 2 Fumbles

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W11: 1 Tackle; Season: 24 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W11: 1 Tackle; Season: 37 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 QBH

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W11: Bye; Season: 2 Tackles

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W11: 1 Tackle, 1 QBH, 1 PBU; Season: 25 Tackles, 1 TFL, 2 QBH, 4 PBU, 1 INT, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W11: no stats; Season: 20 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W11: 15-24 passing, 263 yds., 2 TDs, 1 INT; Season: 60-97 passing, 5 TDs, 4 INT, 1-(-1) rushing

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W11: 7 Tackles, 1 TFL; Season: 28 Tackles, 2 QBH, 1 Sack, 2 TFL, 1 FR, 1 PBU

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W11: 2 Tackles; Season: 22 Tackles, 1 TFL

Sam Montgomery, 2009-12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, Season: Practice Squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W11: 2 Tackles., 1 PBU; Season: 27 Tackles, 4 PBU, 2 INT, 1 TD.

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W11: 7-112 receiving; Season: 46-472 3 TDs receiving

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W11: 3 Tackles., 1 INT, 2 PBU; Season: 25 Tackles, 1 QBH, 2 PBU, 1 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, Placed on Injured Reserve; Season: 94-340 2 TD rushing, 4-20 receiving

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W11: 4 Tackles; Season: 43 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 2 TFL

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W11: No stats; Season: 2-30 receiving, 8 Tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W11: Inactive; Season: 8 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W11: No stats; Season: 7 tackles, 1 PBU

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, W11: Started; Season: Started 8 games

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG, Season: Started all games

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W11: 5 Tackles, 1 TFL; Season: 29 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W11: 2 punts, 40.5 avg.; Season: 45 punts, 43.8 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W11: No stats; Season: 17 Tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W11: 1-8 receiving; Season: 2-32 receiving, 2-21 rushing, 3 Tackles, 1 FF

On NFL roster in 2014-15, but not currently on a roster

Kendrick Adams 2010-11 n/a LB P3: Waived by Titans

Kadron Boone 2010-13 n/a WR Waived from Rams Practice Squad in W8

J.C. Copeland 2010-13 n/a FB P4: Released by Cowboys

Chris Faulk 2010-12 n/a OL Waived by Browns on 7/29

Michael Ford 2009-12 n/a RB P4: Waived by Bears

Trindon Holliday 2006-09 n/a WR/RSWaived by Buccaneers on 10/31

Season: 2 PR, 17 yds.; 2 KOR, 45 yds.

Drake Nevis 2007-10 n/a DT Waived by Panthers on 8/30

Craig Steltz 2004-07 n/a S P3: Released by Bears

Curtis Taylor 2004-08 n/a S P4: Waived by Cardinals on 8/30

Spencer Ware 2010-12 n/a RB P4: Waived by Seahawks on 8/30

Keiland Williams 2006-09 n/a RB Free Agent

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Arkansas

This marks the first time since the SEC expanded in 1992 that LSU and Arkansas haven’t been scheduled as each other’s regular-season finale. The Tigers will now play Texas A&M to end the regular season while Arkansas gets Missouri, but while things are changing between the two long rivals plenty of memories remain. Here are five memorable games from the LSU-Arkansas rivalry:

Jan. 1, 1947 – LSU 0, Arkansas 0: Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle said this Cotton Bowl was the coldest game he ever played. Rain, sleet and snow left fans shivering in the stands in Dallas. LSU held a 271-54 edge in total offense and 15-1 edge in first downs but couldn’t manage to score in a game that became known as the Ice Bowl.

Jan. 1, 1966 – LSU 14, Arkansas 7: The Razorbacks were ranked No. 2 and riding a 22-game winning streak going into this Cotton Bowl, but a 7-3 Tigers team pulled what ranks as one of the program’s all-time greatest upsets. Joe Labruzzo scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and Jerry Joseph’s fourth-quarter interception denied Arkansas a national title.

Nov. 29, 2002 – Arkansas 21, LSU 20: The year of the Bluegrass Miracle for the Tigers at Kentucky was also the year of the Markham Street Miracle for the Razorbacks. Trailing 20-14, Matt Jones hit Richard Smith for a 50-yard gain, then found DeCori Birmingham in the back of the end zone on a 31-yard TD pass with :09 remaining. The win propelled Arkansas, not LSU, into the SEC Championship Game.

Nov. 24, 2006 – LSU 31, Arkansas 26: Darren McFadden scored on an 80-yard run to pull Arkansas within 24-19, but Trindon Holliday returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a score. Felix Jones added another TD for Arkansas but LSU’s defense held, allowing the Tigers to run out the final 1:31. Arkansas finished first in the SEC West, but it was LSU that wound up in the Sugar Bowl.

Nov. 23, 2007 – Arkansas 50, LSU 48 (3OT): Working out of the Wild Hog formation, McFadden led the Razorbacks to an upset of No. 1-ranked LSU in Tiger Stadium. McFadden rushed for 206 yards on 32 carries and three TDs and threw for a fourth score. LSU couldn’t keep the game going in the third overtime, as Matterral Richardson intercepted Matt Flynn’s two-point pass, but did recover to win its second BCS title.

LSU bowl projections: Week 12

The LSU Tigers may have taken a big emotional hit in their 20-13 overtime loss to Alabama, but their bowl prospects are still pretty bright heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

Of 15 national bowl projections, eight have the Tigers (7-3) in a Florida bowl. ESPN.com LSU and SEC blogger David Ching puts LSU in the Citrus Bowl, the SEC’s top non-CFP bowl, against Michigan State.

Four projections have LSU returning to the Outback Bowl, where the Tigers beat Iowa on New Year’s Day. Zac Ellis of SI.com and Dave Lassan of Athlon Sports have LSU taking on Nebraska and former defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.

Three more picks have the Tigers going to the Taxslayer (formerly Gator) Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville.

Four picks have LSU in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina. That might not sound like the most appealing long-distance trip to a lot of Tiger fans, but it might be if Bill Bender of The Sporting News, Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Brad Crawford of SaturdayDownSouth.com are correct. All three have the Tigers playing in the Belk Bowl opposite Notre Dame.

Phil Steele also has LSU in the Belk Bowl playing frequent Peach Bowl opponent Georgia Tech.

After teams are selected for the six CFP bowls and the Citrus Bowl makes its pick, the SEC will slot its remaining bowl-eligible teams into the bowls with which the conference has ties.

Bowl bids will be announced Dec. 7.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • David Ching (LSU and SEC blogger) and Adam Rittenberg (Big Ten blogger), ESPN.com: Citrus Bowl vs. MichiganState
  • CollegeSportsMadness.com: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Zac Ellis, SI.com: Outback Bowl vs. Nebraska
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
  • Dave Lassan, Athlon Sports: Outback Bowl vs. Nebraska
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Miami (Florida)
  • Dave Miller, NationalFootballPost.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Maryland
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Texas Bowl vs. Houston
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Nebraska
  • Erick Smith, USAToday.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: Belk Bowl vs. Georgia Tech

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

If the season ended today there would be only one SEC team (Mississippi State) in the CFP semifinals, with Alabama, Auburn and likely Ole Miss occupying spots in the non-semifinal CFP bowls (Orange, Peach, Cotton and Fiesta).

That would likely leave Georgia to the Citrus Bowl, then put LSU in a pool of teams for the six bowls the SEC will fill itself (Outback, Taxslayer, Music City, Belk, Liberty and Texas).

LSU was in the Outback Bowl last season and opened the season in Houston (site of the Texas Bowl), so those are less likely options. For now, we’ll project the Tigers in the Taxslayer Bowl, where LSU hasn’t played since 1987.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • Citrus Bowl, Jan. 1, Orlando
  • Outback Bowl, Jan. 1, Tampa
  • Taxslayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville

LSU in the NFL: Week 10

Here’s the complete list of LSU players in the NFL through the first eight weeks of the regular season:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 10 Status/stats; Season

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Season: Started all games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W10: No stats; Season: 4 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W10: 7 receptions, 108 yards., 1 Rush, 11 yds.; Season: 25-370, 3 TD receiving, 2-24 rushing, 4 punt returns, 17 yds.

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W10: Bye; Season: 68-234 rushing, 6-56, 1 TD receiving, 1 blocked punt (TD), 1 fumble recovery, 2 tackles

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W10: 8-93 receiving; Season: 39-494 receiving

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W10: 1 tackle; Season: 10 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 PD, 2 QBH, 1 FR

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W10: Inactive; Season: 10 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, Placed on Injured Reserve; Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W10: 7 tackles; Season: 51 tackles, 0.5 Sack, 1 PBU

Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07, San Francisco 49ers, DT, Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list

Lavar Edwards, 2008-12, Dallas Cowboys, DE, W10: no stats; Season: 1 tackle

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W10: 4 tackles; Season: 16 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W10: 1-5, 4 yards passing; Season: 5-13, 34 yards., 1 INT; 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W10: 12-55 rushing, 1-6 receiving; Season: 86-404 5 TD receiving, 15-116 receiving

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W10: 1 tackle; Season: 16 tackle, 2 TFL, 2 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W10: Bye; Season: 19 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 QBH, 4 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W10: Inactive; Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W10: 7 punts, 43.4 avg; Season: 46 punts, 43.9 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W10: Bye; Season: 36-514 4 TD receiving

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W10: 7-53 1 TD receiving, 1-(-8) rushing, 2 KR 77 yds., 1 PR 5 yds, 1 tackle; Season 37-354 3 TD receiving, 2-(-4) rushing, 3 tackles; 20 KR 573 yds, 18 PR, 143 yds, 3 tackles

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W10: Bye; Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W10: 3 tackles; Season: 36 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 QBH

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W10: no stats; Season: 2 tackles

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W10: 3 tackles; Season: 24 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 INT, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W10: no stats, Season: 18 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W10: 16-27, 179 yds., 1 TD, 1 INT; Season: 45-73, 495 yds., 3 TD, 3 INT., 1-(-1) rushing

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W10: no stats; Season: 21 tackles, 2 QBH, 1 Sack, 1 TFL, 1 FR, 1 PBU

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W10: 1 tackle; Season: 21 tackles, 1 TFL

Sam Montgomery, 2009-12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, W10: Practice Squad; Season: Practice Squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W10: 2 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD, 2 PBU; Season: 25 tackles, 3 PBU, 2 INT, 1 TD

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W10: 5-39 receiving; Season: 39-360 3 TD receiving

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W10: 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU; Season: 25 tackles, 1 QBH, 2 PBU, 1 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, Placed on Injured Reserve; Season: 94-340 2 TD rushing, 4-20 receiving

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W10: Bye; Season: 39 tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 2 TFL

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W10: 2 tackles; Season: 2-30 receiving, 8 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W10: Inactive; Season: 8 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W10: 3 tackles; Season: 7 tackles, 1 PBU

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, W10: Inactive; Season: Started first 7 games

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG, Season: Started all games

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W10: 5 tackles; Season: 21 tackles, 1 Sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W10: 2 punts, 46.0 avg.; Season: 43 punts, 43.9 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W10: 3 tackles; Season: 17 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W10: 1-10 rushing, 1 tackle, 1 FF; Season: 1-24 receiving, 2-21 rushing, 4 tackles, 1 FF

On NFL roster in 2014-15, but not currently on a roster

Kendrick Adams, 2010-11, n/a, LB, P3: Waived by Titans

Kadron Boone, 2010-13, n/a, WR, Waived from Rams Practice Squad in W8

J.C. Copeland, 2010-13, n/a, FB, P4: Released by Cowboys

Chris Faulk, 2010-12, n/a, OL, Waived by Browns on 7/29

Michael Ford, 2009-12, n/a, RB, P4: Waived by Bears

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, n/a, WR/RS, Waived by Buccaneers on Oct. 31; Season: 2 PR, 17 yds.; 2 KR, 45 yds.

Drake Nevis, 2007-10, n/a, DT, Waived by Panthers on Aug. 30

Craig Steltz, 2004-07, n/a, S, P3: Released by Bears

Curtis Taylor, 2004-08, n/a, S, P4: Waived by Cardinals on Aug. 30

Spencer Ware, 2010-12, n/a, RB, P4: Waived by Seahawks on Aug. 30

Keiland Williams 2006-09 n/a RB Free Agent

Arkansas game could be one of LSU’s coldest ever

LSU’s most famous cold-weather game is the 1947 Cotton Bowl against Arkansas, a freezer-burned 0-0 tie that remains known as the “Ice Bowl.” All-time LSU great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle once told me that was the coldest game he ever played in, college or pro.

Saturday’s LSU-Arkansas game in Fayetteville may make some shiver at the memory of it one day as well.

According to Weather.com, the high temperature Saturday in Fayetteville could be 32 degrees, with a low of 26 with a 40 percent chance of a “light wintry mix.” With a 7 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2 well after the sun goes down, the temperature at kickoff could make it the coldest LSU game on record.

Early research by LSU shows the coldest Tigers football game at kickoff since 1961 was LSU’s 30-6 loss to Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1992: 31 degrees.

The last time it snowed for an LSU football game? That depends on how you define snow. There was some frozen precipitation coming down amid the rain at the 1997 Independence Bowl in Shreveport against Notre Dame, but it was too wet for anything to accumulate on the field.

We’re planning a weather feature in editions of The Advocate later this week. Until then, check out this list of the 10 coldest LSU football games since 1961:

  1. Nov. 27, 1992: LSU at Arkansas (Fayetteville), 31 degrees, cloudy; LSU lost 30-6
  2. Nov. 23, 1985: LSU at Notre Dame, 33 degrees, cloudy, chance of snow; LSU won 10-7
  3. Dec. 18, 1971: LSU vs. Iowa State (El Paso, Sun Bowl), 34 degrees; LSU won 33-15
  4. Oct. 30, 1993: LSU vs. Ole Miss, 37 degrees; LSU won 19-17
  5. Dec. 21, 1963: LSU vs. Baylor (Houston, Bluebonnet Bowl), 37 degrees; LSU lost 14-7
  6. Nov. 21, 1998: LSU at Notre Dame, 38 degrees; LSU lost 39-36
  7. Nov. 30, 1974: LSU vs. Utah, 38 degrees: LSU won 38-10
  8. Dec. 28, 1997: LSU vs. Notre Dame (Shreveport, Independence Bowl), 40 degrees, rain; LSU won 27-9
  9. Dec. 27, 1985: LSU vs. Baylor (Memphis, Liberty Bowl), 40 degrees; LSU lost 21-7
  10. Nov. 9, 1968: LSU at Alabama (Birmingham), 41 degrees, fog; LSU lost 16-7

 

 

Date
Location
Opponent
W/L/T
LSU Score
Opp. Score
KO Temperature
Condition
11/27/1992
Fayetteville
Arkansas
L
6
30
31
Cloudy
11/23/1985
South Bend
Notre Dame
W
10
7
33
Cloudy (Snow Chance)
12/18/1971
El Paso
Iowa State
W
33
15
34
10/30/1993
Baton Rouge
Ole Miss
W
19
17
37
M. Cloudy
12/21/1963
Houston
Baylor
L
7
14
37
11/21/1998
South Bend
Notre Dame
L
36
39
38
P. Cloudy
11/30/1974
Baton Rouge
Utah
W
35
10
38
12/28/1997
Shreveport
Notre Dame
W
27
9
40
Rain
12/27/1985
Memphis
Baylor
L
7
21
40
Clear
11/9/1968
Birmingham
Alabama
L
7
16
41
Fog
 

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Alabama

Alabama leads the overall series 48-25-5, but only 17-15-1 since 1982. However, Alabama has a commanding 26-8-2 lead in games played in Baton Rouge since the series began in 1895. Here are five of the most memorable meetings between the Tigers and Tide since 1982:

Nov. 6, 1982 – LSU 20, Alabama 10: The Tigers last win against the Crimson Tide came in 1970, but that streak comes to an end on an immortal Saturday in Birmingham. LSU builds a 17-0 first-half lead and makes it stand up by holding the ball for 23 minutes in the second half. Bryant would retire by season’s end and pass away the following January.

Nov. 6, 1993 — LSU 17, Alabama 13: “Tide could lose, pigs might fly” reads a headline in that Saturday’s Mobile Register. A 3-5 LSU team is a 25-point underdog in Tuscaloosa to a No. 5 Alabama squad riding a 31-game unbeaten streak. After a 0-0 first half, Jay Johnson and Robert Toomer score on a pair of 2-yard and the Tigers’ defense holds Bama in check for perhaps LSU’s most stunning upset ever.

Nov. 4, 2000 – LSU 30, Alabama 28: “We’ve got a saying,” receiver Quincy Jackson said after Bama’s 1998 win in Tiger Stadium, “the Tide don’t lose in Baton Rouge.” A 14-0-1 unbeaten streak since 1971 at LSU is snapped thanks in part to a replay on the Tiger Stadium scoreboard showing Erin Damond recovering a bobbled punt by Domanick Davis at the LSU 14 with the Tigers clinging to a 23-21 fourth-quarter lead.

Nov. 3, 2007 – LSU 41, Alabama 34: Almost as soon as former LSU coach Nick Saban leaves the Miami Dolphins to take the Alabama job, this game is dubbed the “Saban Bowl.” With both teams 4-1 in the SEC, No. 3 LSU has to win to stay on track for a national title shot. Tied 34-34 with less than three minutes left, Chad Jones sacks John Parker Wilson to force a fumble that sets up the winning TD run by Jacob Hester with 1:26 remaining.

Nov. 5, 2011 — LSU 9, Alabama 6 (OT): The first 1-2 regular-season showdown in LSU history is billed as the Game of the Century. It certainly is for the defenses. Neither team can crack the end zone, with LSU safety Eric Reid thwarting the Tide’s best chance by ripping away an interception at the goal line from tight end Michael Williams. After Bama misses a field goal in overtime, Drew Alleman drills a 25-yarder for the win. For LSU, though, victory only holds brief satisfaction as Alabama comes back to dominate LSU 21-0 on Jan. 9 in the BCS title game in New Orleans.