All posts by Scott Rabalais

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.

Jalen Rose would like to see Les Miles back at Michigan

Former Michigan basketball star and current ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose was the subject of a lengthy Q and A on SI.com this week. While most of the questions centered on basketball, SI.com writer Richard Dietsch asked Rose about the embattled athletic director (Dave Brandon) and football coach (Brady Hoke) at alma mater. Rose brought up the name of another prominent Michigan alum, LSU coach Les Miles:

You follow the Michigan athletic program closely. Where do you stand on Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon?

First, I love Dave Brandon and I don’t think there will be any change at his position. I think the one thing that happened with Dave is when you come into a scenario like he did, and you are really successful at business and you have shown you can be a terrific leader, sometimes there is the little guy who feels like he has been pushed over and in Ann Arbor, those are the students. They are upset about their seats being moved. Protesting in front of the President’s house is never good. I think he deserves the opportunity to keep his job and I hope he continues to have his job, but things [mistakes] have to be acknowledged. For Brady Hoke, I can’t remember in my lifetime where the fans of the University of Michigan’s football team have been so down on the product they are seeing every Saturday. Because of that, I don’t see how he can be able to keep his job after this year. If there is a change — and I never root for any person to get fired — Les Miles. While the people in Baton Rouge appreciate everything he has done, they don’t seem like they have that new car smell with him anymore. 

“They don’t seem like they have that new car smell with him anymore.” Rose may have done a better job than anyone ever has of defining the LSU fan base’s prevailing feelings about Miles.

 

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Ole Miss

There probably isn’t another LSU rivalry that contains more memorable games that the Tigers’ series against Ole Miss. In fact, five isn’t the problem. The problem is keeping the list to just five:

Oct. 31, 1959 – LSU 7, Ole Miss 3: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 3 Ole Miss was the game of the 20th century for the Tigers and Rebels. Billy Cannon’s 89-yard punt return is the most legendary single moment in LSU football history, but it would have been a mere footnote if Cannon and Warren Rabb hadn’t stopped Doug Elmore on a quarterback sneak in the closing seconds.

Nov. 1, 1969 – Ole Miss 26, LSU 23: Archie Manning passed and scrambled the Rebels to a second-straight three-point win over the Tigers, costing LSU a perfect season. The 9-1 Tigers eventually chose to stay home after the Cotton Bowl picked Notre Dame to face No. 1 Texas.

Dec. 5, 1970 – LSU 61, Ole Miss 17: As oranges rained down, the Tigers clinched their only SEC title under coach Charlie McClendon. Tommy Casanova returned two punts for scores, Craig Burns another, as the Tigers clinched an Orange Bowl bid. This was the last LSU-Ole Miss battle of ranked teams in Tiger Stadium before Saturday’s game.

Nov. 4, 1972 – LSU 17, Ole Miss 16: “Entering Louisiana,” read a sign put up on the Louisiana-Mississippi state line after this game. “Set your watch back four seconds.” Bert Jones some how got off two passes in the final four seconds, the second to Brad Davis for a 10-yard TD as time expired. Rusty Jackson’s PAT left the Rebels singing the “One Second Blues.”

Nov. 22, 2003 – LSU 17, Ole Miss 14: In a game in which the SEC West and the Tigers’ national title hopes were at stake, Matt Mauck threw a pick six on LSU’s first offensive play, before the Tigers rallied for a three-point lead. With 1:50 left, Ole Miss faced fourth-and-10 at its 42 when defensive tackle Chad Lavalais shoved left guard Doug Buckles backward, tripping up quarterback Eli Manning to end the Rebels’ last threat.

 

LSU bowl projections: Week 8

A two-game winning streak has opinions about LSU football – and its bowl prospects – trending up again.

The Tigers backed up a wild 30-27 win at Florida with a 41-3 rout of Kentucky last Saturday to run LSU’s record to 6-2 overall, 2-2 in SEC play and push the Tigers back into the top 25 at No. 24.

Six of 12 national bowl predictions have the Tigers aimed at the Taxslayer Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida. But one pick from USAToday.com has LSU returning to the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 to face season-opening foe Wisconsin.

Two picks have LSU in the Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29 in Houston), two in the Belk Bowl (Dec. 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina) and another in the Texas Bowl (Dec. 29 in Houston).

Bowl bids will be extended Sunday, Dec. 7, following the slotting of teams in the CFP semifinals (Sugar and Rose) and the remaining four CFP bowls (Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta).

After teams are selected for the six CFP bowls and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (formerly Capital One Bowl) makes its pick, the SEC will slot its remaining bowl-eligible teams into the bowls with which the conference has ties.

The first CFP rankings will be released Oct. 28.

The win over Kentucky made LSU bowl eligible for the 15th straight season since 2000, extending an ongoing school record. Before this current run, the Tigers had never made more than five straight bowl appearances.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Maryland
  • David Ching (LSU and SEC blogger) and Adam Rittenberg (Big Ten blogger): Taxslayer Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Rutgers
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Liberty Bowl vs. Baylor
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Maryland
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Belk Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Iowa
  • USAToday.com: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

Don’t see the likelihood of LSU making a second straight trip to the Outback Bowl, especially for a rematch from the season opener with Wisconsin. Only slightly more likely is a trip back to Houston for the Texas Bowl.

If the Tigers could somehow win out and finish 10-2, they would likely earn one of the six CFP bowl berths, but with two top-10 opponents and two tough road games left, no one is predicting that.

If LSU could split its last four games to finish 8-4, the Taxslayer Bowl continues to look like a more and more likely choice. It’s a bowl that LSU hasn’t been to since 1987 and typically takes teams with less-than-stellar records, though.

But this is new ground with the CFP and SEC making almost all of the picks. What seems likely today could be way off base by the time bowl matchups are solidified on Dec. 7.

BOWL GUIDE

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

 

LSU in the NFL: Week 7

Here’s the complete list of LSU players on NFL rosters through Week 7:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 4, Status/stats, Season

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

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W7: no stats, Season: 4 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W7: 4 rec., 34 yds., 2 TDs, 1 rush, 13 yds., Season: 10-106 receiving, 3 TDs, 1-13 rushing

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W7: 5-14 rushing, 1-11 receiving, Season: 47-179 rushing, 4-37 receiving, blocked punt (TD), 1 FR, 1 tackle

Kadron Boone, 2010-13, St. Louis Rams, WR, W7: Signed to practice squad

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W7: 5-84 receiving, Season: 19-279

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W7: 2 tackles, 1 PBU, Season: 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 PBU

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 5 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB, Injured reserve, Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 39 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, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 9 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W7: 0-2 passing, Season: 3-7, 22 yds., 1 INT; 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W7: 4-15 rushing, Season: 40-170 rushing, 3 TDs, 9-83 receiving

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, TampaBay Buccaneers, WR/RS, W7: Signed by TampaBay Buccaneers

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 14 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W7: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QBH; Season: 15 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W7: Inactive, Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W7: Bye, Season: 24 punts, 44.0 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W7: 4-55 receiving, Season: 19-337 receiving, 3 TDs

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W7: 4-46 receiving, 2 KR, 55 yds., 1 PR, 22 yds., Season: 22-232 receiving, 1 TD, 2 tackles, 16 KR, 433 yds., 11 PR, 73 yds.

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W5-8: suspended, Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W7: Bye, Season: 24 tackles, 2 TFL

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W7: no stats, Season: 1 tackle

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 17 tackles, 1 FR, 1 tackle

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W7: did not play, Season: 2-5, 17 passing, 1 INT

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W7: 3 tackles, Season: 15 tackles

Kevin,Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W7: 3 tackles, Season: 16 tackles, 1 TFL

Sam, Montgomery, 2009-12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, W7: pactice squad, Season: practice squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 16 tackles, 1, PBU

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W7: 6-74 receiving, Season: 34-321 receiving, 3 TDs

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W7: no stats, Season: 13 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU

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

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington, Redskins, LB, W7: Inactive, Season: 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFl

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W7: Bye, Season: 2-30 receiving, 6 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W7: no stats, Season: 5 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W7: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, Season: started all games

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

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo, Bills, DT, W7: 5 tackles, 1 QBH, Season: 16 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 4 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W7: 4 punts, 44.0 average, Season: 33 punts, 44.1 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W7: 2 tackles, Season: 12 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W7: No stats, Season: 1-24 receiving, 1 tackle

On NFL roster in 2014, but not currently 

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

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

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

 

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Kentucky

  • Oct. 17, 1981 – LSU 24, Kentucky 10: Wide receiver Eric Martin returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to spark the Tigers to victory in what would otherwise turn out to be a dismal 3-7-1 season under second-year coach Jerry Stovall. To date, it is the last kickoff return for a touchdown by an LSU player in Tiger Stadium.
  • Oct. 18, 1986 – LSU 25, Kentucky 16: Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Hodson gets hit so hard he bites through his tongue and suffers a mild concussion, but after five stitches comes back to direct a typically gritty LSU victory in Lexington. The win keeps the Tigers on track for their first Southeastern Conference championship since 1970.
  • Oct. 13, 2001 – LSU 29, Kentucky 25: Rohan Davey finds freshman receiver Michael Clayton on a third-and-goal touchdown pass from the 6 with 13 seconds left as the Tigers escape Lexington with another hard-fought win. The victory paves the way for LSU’s first appearance in the SEC Championship Game and another conference title.
  • Nov. 9, 2002 – LSU 33, Kentucky 30: The play was called Dash Right 93 Berlin. Today, everyone knows it as The Bluegrass Miracle. Taking its place in LSU lore alongside Billy Cannon’s punt return and Warren Morris’ home run, Marcus Randall lets it fly on a play that starts at the Tigers’ 25-yard line and finds Devery Henderson in a crowd of players near the UK 19. The ball bounces off two defenders and onto Henderson’s right hand as he heads to glory. “All I remember was bobbling the ball and pulling it in,” Henderson said, “then running like hell.”
  • Oct. 13, 2007 – Kentucky 43, LSU 37 (3 OTs): LSU takes its No. 1 ranking to Lexington and comes up short in triple overtime against the No. 17-ranked Wildcats. LSU leads 27-14 late in the third quarter, but UK rallies to force overtime tied 27-27. After a 7-yard TD pass from Andre Woodson to Steve Johnson in the third extra period, On the ensuing drive, LSU running back Charles Scott is stopped a yard short on fourth-and-2 at the UK 15.

LSU bowl projections: Week 7

LSU’s dramatic 30-27 victory last Saturday at Florida brought the 5-2 Tigers within a game of bowl eligibility for the 15th straight season and had at least a moderate impact on LSU’s bowl projections.

Four of 11 national predictions have LSU in the Taxslayer Bowl (formerly the Gator), Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida. Three more have the Tigers headed to the Belk Bowl on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina, with two picks for LSU in the Music City Bowl (Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tennessee) and one each for the Texas and Liberty bowls (Dec. 29 in Houston and Memphis, Tennessee, respectively).

Bowl bids will be extended Sunday, Dec. 7, following the slotting of teams in the CFP semifinals (Sugar and Rose) and the remaining four CFP bowls (Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta).

Remember this year the SEC will decide where its teams will go bowling after any SEC teams are picked for the six CFP bowls and after the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl makes its choice. That includes all the bowls for which LSU is currently predicted to participate in.

The first CFP rankings will be released Oct. 28.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Jeff Barlis (Florida and SEC blogger) and David Hale (ACC blogger): Music City Bowl vs. Louisville
  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: MusicCity Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Rutgers
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Belk Bowl vs. N.C.State
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Texas Bowl vs. OklahomaState
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Belk Bowl vs. Duke
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Taxslayer Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Michigan

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

If LSU gets to 8-4 or 7-5, the Tigers still look like a likely choice for the Taxslayer Bowl, where LSU hasn’t played since the 1987 season.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • MusicCity Bowl, Dec. 30, Nashville
  • TaxSlayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville

 

LSU in the NFL: Week 6

Here’s the complete list of LSU players on active NFL rosters for Week 6:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 6 status/stats, Season

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

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W6: no stats, Season: 4 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W6: 2 rec., 28 yds., Season: 6 rec., 72 yds., 1 TD

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W6: 3 carries, 22 yds., Season: 41-155 rushing, 3-26 receiving, blocked punt (TD), 1 FR, 1 tackle

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W6: bye, Season: 14-195

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W6: 2 tackles, Season: 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W6: No stats, Season: 6 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, W6: 7 tackles, Season: 37 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, W6: inactive, Season: no stats

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W6: no stats, Season: 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W6: did not play, Season: 3-5, 22 yds. passing, 1 INT, 1-(-1) rushing

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W6: 8-22 1 TD rushing, 4-13 receiving, Season: 36-155 3 TDs rushing, 9-83 receiving

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W6: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, Season: 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W6: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, Season: 12 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W6: no stats, Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W6: 6 punts, 45.5 avg., Season: 24-44.0 average

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W6: 4-97 2 TDs receiving, Season: 15-282, 3 TDs

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W6: 6-75 1 TD receiving, 2 KR, 91 yds, 1 tackle, Season: 18-186 1 TD receiving, 2 tackles, 14 KR, 378 yards

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W5-8: suspended, Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W6: 2 tackles, Season: 24 tackles, 2 TFL

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W6: no stats, Season: 1 tackle

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W6: 4 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FR, Season: 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W6: no stats, Season: 17 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W6: did not play, Season: 2-5 17 yds 1 INT

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W6: 1 tackle, Season: 12 tackles

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W6: no stats, Season: 13 tackles, 1 TFL

Sam Montgomery, 2009-12, Cincinnati Bengals, LB, W6: practice squad, Season: practice squad

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W6: 3 tackles, Season: 14 tackles, 1 PBU

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W6: 5-58 1 TD receiving, Season: 28-247 3 TDs receiving

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W6: 3 tackles, 1 PBU, Season: 16 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, W6: 10-23 rushing, 1-6 receiving, Season: 94 rush, 340 yds. 2 TD; 4 rec., 20 yds. (injured, out for remainder of season)

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W6: no stats, Season: 30 tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 1 TFL

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W6: 2 tackles, Season: 2-30 yards, 6 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W6: 1 tackle, Season: 4 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, Season: inactive

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, Season: started all games

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

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W6: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, Season: 11 tackles, 1 Sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PSU, 3 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W6: 7-46.0 avg., Season: 29-44.1 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W6: 1 tackle, Season: 10 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W6: 1-24, Season: 1-24 receiving, 1 tackle

Five memorable games: LSU vs. Florida

The idea of having permanent opponents remains a contentious issue within the Southeastern Conference. Some schools are perceived to have it too easy while LSU, which faces Florida out of the SEC East every year, may have it too tough.

What isn’t a question is that the LSU-Florida rivalry has produced some truly great games. Here’s a look back at five of the most memorable meetings between the Tigers and Gators:

Oct. 25, 1958 – LSU 10, Florida 7: Telling holder Warren Rabb just to tilt the ball back a little, Tommy Davis calmly drives a 36-yard field goal through the uprights in the final three minutes to lift the Tigers to a tense victory over the Gators. LSU moves from No. 3 to No. 1 in the AP poll, a spot the Tigers would hold the rest of the season en route to their first wire service national championship.

Oct. 2, 1982 – LSU 24, Florida 13: The Tigers are a two-touchdown underdog to the No. 4 Gators in Gainesville. That’s until Dalton Hilliard takes over. The freshman tailback piles up 207 yards total offense and scores all three LSU touchdowns as the Tigers score a win over their highest-ranked opponent in 16 years.

Oct. 11, 1997 – LSU 28, Florida 21: The Tigers are 0-7-1 against No. 1 teams entering this contest, including a 56-13 loss in Gainesville a year earlier. This time, LSU bolts to a 14-0 lead and makes it stick as Herb Tyler scores twice and Cedric Donaldson returns an interception 31 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. “Now,” one LSU fan says after the goalposts come down, “I can die happy.”

Oct. 6, 2007 – LSU 28, Florida 24: A Tiger Stadium record crowd of 92,910 watches an almost unspeakable drama unfold between the future and former BCS champions. LSU twice rallies from 10-deficits, converting five fourth-down attempts before Jacob Hester scores the winning touchdown on a 2-yard plunge with 1:09 remaining.

Oct. 9, 2010 – LSU 33, Florida 29 - Facing fourth-and-3 at the Florida 36 down 29-26, the Tigers fake a field goal as holder Derek Helton flips a pass over his shoulder – on a bounce – to kicker Josh Jasper. Jasper runs 5 yards for a first down, setting up a 3-yard Jarrett Lee to Terrence Toliver touchdown pass three plays later with :06 left.

LSU bowl projections: Week 6

It wouldn’t have been a surprise if LSU fell from some national bowl projections after last Saturday’s 41-7 rout by Auburn.

But the Tigers are still 4-2 at the midway point of the season, meaning they’re still in the bowl picture – at least for now.

Five of 11 national predictions have LSU in the Texas Bowl, Dec. 29 at NRG Stadium in Houston. That would have the Tigers coming full circle to where they opened the season with a 24-21 win over Wisconsin.

For the first time this season, Shreveport’s Independence Bowl has crept into LSU’s bowl prospects. CollegeFootballNews.com has the Tigers playing in the Dec. 27 I-Bowl against Duke.

Another new player in the LSU bowl picture: the Belk Bowl. Brant Parsons of the Orlando Sentinel has the Tigers facing Miami (Florida) in the Charlotte, North Carolina, bowl on Dec. 30. Though outside the SEC footprint, the Belk has one of the SEC’s bowl tie-ins.

The least realistic prediction comes from CollegeFootballMadness.com, which has LSU playing a rematch against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. The Tigers beat Iowa in the Outback on New Year’s Day but didn’t bring much of fan contingent.

Bowl bids will be extended Sunday, Dec. 7, following the slotting of teams in the CFP semifinals (Sugar and Rose) and the remaining four CFP bowls (Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta).

Remember this year the SEC will decide where its teams will go bowling after any SEC teams are picked for the six CFP bowls and after the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl makes its choice.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

  • Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Texas vs. OklahomaState
  • CollegeFootballMadness.com: Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • CollegeFootballNews.com: Independence Bowl vs. Duke
  • Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Texas Bowl vs. TCU
  • Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Texas Bowl vs. KansasState
  • Greg Ostendorf (Auburn and SEC blogger) and Brandon Chatmon (Big 12 blogger), ESPN.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Music City Bowl vs. Louisville
  • Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Belk Bowl vs. Miami (Florida)
  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: Texas Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: Tax Slayer Bowl vs. Michigan

THE ADVOCATE’S PICK

Let’s start from the shaky premise that LSU will win at least two games to get bowl eligible for the 15th straight year.

It’s difficult to see LSU making it to one of the top-end SEC bowls, especially the Outback where the Tigers played last season. If LSU could make it to 7-5 the Taxslayer, Belk or Music City bowls would be among the most likely prospects. If LSU is just 6-6, the Independence or Texas bowls will be more the Tigers’ speed.

At this point, the pick here is the Independence Bowl, though LSU’s prospects are changing weekly.

BOWL GUIDE

  • Independence Bowl, Dec. 27, Shreveport
  • Liberty Bowl: Dec. 29, Memphis
  • Texas Bowl: Dec. 29, Houston
  • Belk Bowl, Dec. 30, Charlotte
  • Music City Bowl, Dec. 30, Nashville
  • Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, Tampa
  • TaxSlayer Bowl: Jan. 2, Jacksonville

LSU in the NFL: Week 5; Beckham makes debut for Giants

Odell Beckham Jr., was bothered since training camp by a nagging hamstring injury, but the former LSU wide receiver made a big splash in his debut Sunday for the New York Giants.

Beckham caught four passes for 44 yards in a 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons, including a 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning in the fourth quarter.

Former LSU teammate Rueben Randle also had four catches for 33 yards for the Giants, including a 3-yard TD reception from Manning in the first quarter.

Among the other news and highlights for former LSU players in Week 5:

  • Trindon Holliday was released Monday by the New York Giants off of injured reserve.
  • LaRon Landry began serving a four-game suspension from the Indianapolis Colts last week for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs (PED) policy. He sat out the Colts 20-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens and will be sidelined through Indy’s Oct. 26 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars activated safety Craig Loston for their 17-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He responded with his first career tackle.
  • Running back Stevan Ridley piled up 113 yards rushing and a touchdown on 27 carries in the New England Patriots’ 43-17 romp over the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Linebacker Perry Riley had a team-high 10 tackles in the Washington Redskins’ 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

Here’s the complete list:

Name, Years at LSU, Team, Position, Week 5 status/stats, Season

Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, St. Louis Rams, OT, Week 5: Started, Season: started all games

Lamin Barrow, 2009-13, Denver Broncos, LB, W5: no stats, Season: 4 tackles

Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, New York Giants, WR, W5: 4 rec., 44 yds, TD; Season: 4-44 rec., TD

Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston Texans, RB, W5: 5 rush, 16 yds., 1 tackle, 1 FR, Season: 38-133 rushing, 3-26 rec., 1 blocked punt (TD), 1 FR, 1 tackle

Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Kansas City Chiefs, WR, W5: 3-42 rec., Season: 14-195 rec.

Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis Rams, DT, W5: 1 FR, Season: 4 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Ron Brooks, 2007-11, Buffalo Bills, CB, W5: No stats, left game with neck injury, Season: 5 tackles

Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas Cowboys, CB Season: 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 2 PBU (out for season, torn patellar tendon)

Ryan Clark, 1997-2001, Washington Redskins, FS, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 30 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, W5: inactive, Season: No stats

Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago Bears, DT, W5: 2 tackles, 2 PBU, Season: 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 2 PBU

Matt Flynn, 2003-07, Green Bay Packers, QB, W5: 3-5 passing, 22 yds., 1-(-1) rush, Season: 3-5 passing, 22 yds., 1-(-1) rush

Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati Bengals, RB, W5: 2-1 rushing, 3-68 receiving, Season: 28-133 rush, 2 TD, 5-70 rec.

Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta Falcons, DE, W5: 2 tackles, Season: 8 tackles, 1 PBU

Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Indianapolis Colts, DT, W5: 3 tackles, Season: 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 FR

Anthony Johnson, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, DT, W5: bye, Season: 1 tackle, 1 QBH, 1 FR

Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia Eagles, P, W5: 4 punts, 40.8 avg., Season: 18 punts, 43.5 avg.

Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England Patriots, WR, W5: 1-20 rec., Season: 11-185 rec, 1 TD

Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami Dolphins, WR, W5: bye, Season: 12-111 rec., 1 tackle, 10 KR, 287 yds., 9 PR, 51 yds.

LaRon Landry, 2003-06, Indianapolis Colts, S, W5: suspended through W8, Season: 23 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH

Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia Eagles, DT, W5: 3 tackles, Season: 22 tackles, 2 TFL

Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville Jaguars, S, W5: 1 tackle, Season: 1 tackle

Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona Cardinals, DB, W5: no stats, Season: 7 Tackle, 1 TFL

Danny McCray, 2006-09, Chicago Bears, S, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 17 tackles, 1 FR

Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee Titans, QB, W5: inactive, Season: 2-5, 17 yds., 1 INT

Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland Browns, LB, W5: 3 tackles, Season: 11 tackles

Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona Cardinals, LB, W5: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, Season: 13 tackles, 1 TFL

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

Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona Cardinals, CB/RS, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 11 tackles, 1 PBU

Rueben Randle, 2009-11, New York Giants, WR, W5: 4-33 rec., 1 TD, Season: 23-189 rec., 2 TDs

Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco 49ers, S, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 13 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 INT

Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, New England Patriots, RB, W4: 27-113 rush, 1 TD, Season: 84-317 rush, 2 TDs, 3-14 rec.

Perry Riley Jr., 2006-09, Washington Redskins, LB, W5: 10 tackles, Season: 29 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL

Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR, W5: 1 tackle, Season: 2-30 rec.,4 tackles

Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami Dolphins, LB, W5: bye, Season: 4 tackles

Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle Seahawks, CB, W5: no stats, Season: no stats

Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina Panthers, OG, Season: Started all 5 games

Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05, Cincinnati Bengals, OG, Season: started all 5 games

Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo Bills, DT, W5: inactive, Season: 10 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 2 QBH

Brad Wing, 2010-12, Pittsburgh Steelers, P, W5: 5 punts, 45.4 avg., Season: 22 punts, 43.5 avg.

Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee Titans, DT, W5: 4 tackles, Season: 9 tackles

James Wright, 2010-13, Cincinnati Bengals, WR, W5: no stats, Season: 1 tackle

On NFL roster in 2014, but not currently

Kendrick Adams, 2010-11, LB, P3: Waived by Tennessee Titans

Kadron Boone, 2010-13, WR, P4: Waived by Philadelphia Eagles

J.C. Copeland, 2010-13, FB, P4: Released by Dallas Cowboys

Chris Faulk, 2010-12, OL, Waived by Cleveland Browns on July 29

Michael Ford, 2009-12, RB P4: Waived by Chicago Bears

Trindon Holliday, 2006-09, WR/RS: Released from injured reserve by New York Giants on Oct. 6

Drake Nevis, 2007-10, DT, Waived by Carolina Panthers on Aug. 30

Craig Steltz, 2004-07, S, P3: Released by Chicago Bears

Curtis Taylor, 2004-08, S, Waived by Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 30

Spencer Ware, 2010-12, RB, Waived by Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 30

Keiland Williams, 2006-09, RB, free agent