Chris Fowler was confused when Katy Perry brought out that plate of corn dogs a few weeks ago, Desmond Howard side-stepped questions about Les Miles-to-Michigan and David Pollack called Tiger Stadium the best atmosphere in college football.
These are some of the nuggets during an hour-long interview session with a few members of ESPN’s College GameDay crew. GameDay will shoot live Saturday morning from LSU’s Parade Grounds.
Here are other nuggets from our chat with the GameDay crew:
Stupid environment. Unbelievable. I remember the fans. Remember driving in on the buses and getting flipped off by people. I remember coming into the stadium or locker room and the tiger being right outside and scaring the bejesus out of you. I remember the student section being packed when you get out there and they chant really nice things to you and I remember losing, which is the worst part of it.
I’ve said it, not just because I’m here, I think it’s the best atmosphere in college football. I think it’s the toughest. The fans are the rowdiest. It’s freaking awesome.”
And, now, to corn dogs. Katy Perry’s corn dog stunt a few weeks ago riled up LSU’s fan base. The GameDay crew didn’t understand the reference to the corn dogs. Fowler said he was “confused” and that Perry asked for several props the night before – one being a plate of corn dogs.
I had never heard of the corn dog thing. No one on our set had ever heard of the corn dog thing. Somebody coached her up. Her manager is an Ole Miss fan, had given her a plate of corn dogs. She asked for a large list of props on Friday and one of them was a plate of corn dog. We had no idea why. She showed us why.
I don’t get it. Never smells like corn dogs to me when I come around here. Smells like good food … and Bourbon.
Fowler was a young sideline reporter at LSU’s game against Auburn in 1988 - the Earthquake Game.
They had been held scoreless the entire game and finally were able to wear out Auburn’s defense, get that touchdown. The bottles came flying out of the stands and the earth shook. That was a fun game to be a sideline reporter. It was unforgettable. Every time I walk back into Tiger Stadium, I have memories like that.
Michigan is heading toward a third straight mediocre season under fourth-year coach Brady Hoke. Les Miles, a former Michigan player and coach has been a candidate for the Wolverines job in the past. Could he be again?
Desmond Howard, a former Heisman-winning receiver at Michigan, was asked that question: “I don’t know,” he said. Later, he was asked how Michigan could be fixed.
Fix the offensive line. That’s where you start. You got to win in the trenches in the Big Ten. Big Ten I would consider a physical conference. Some of the best coaches in your conference, in the SEC, are Big Ten coaches or former Big Ten coaches and they’ve brought Big Ten style of football to the SEC. Alabama, Nick Saban, big, nasty offensive linemen. Nice, heavy 225-pound running back. Same thing with LSU.
At their heart is being a physical team up front, winning the battle in the trenches and control the ball with the running game. That’s the first thing I’d try to fix. To me, that’s the type of style they play in that conference.
Fowler said GameDay plans on Saturday plays to feature more of LSU’s tailgating scene than the show has done in the past.
We’re going to focus on the preparations, the food, more tomorrow than we ever have. We’ve never really done it right, focusing on the tailgate delicacies. We’ve got a few things planned. We’ve got a great chef there right by the set.
We get accused by non-SEC fans of being biased of this conference. We’re biased for good football and we’re biased for highly ranked teams. We find ourselves in the SEC West a lot to the dismay of people elsewhere. This is the logical game to be at this week. If Ole Miss wins this game, the logical place to be next week would be Auburn at Ole Miss unless Auburn stumbles.
Pollack gave a breakdown of the Ole Miss-LSU game, citing weaknesses for both and strengths.
The weakness for LSU is their defensive front seven is not as talented as it used to be. Well, Ole Miss’ front is not the greatest either. Their offensive line, I think, is their weakness on weakness and strength on strength. Their wide receiving corps is really good with Laquon Treadwell, but LSU still has got some DBs. Don’t get twisted. They can still cover. I think that’s the matchup on defense.
When LSU has the ball, I vividly remember the last drive watching Bama versus Ole Miss. They ran the ball almost every single play, ran it left almost every single play, drive down, score a touchdown. And I think LSU’s offensive line is better than Bama’s. Can they make holes?
Ole Miss is a little small on the defensive line but they’re hyper-active as can be. They’re tough. They fly around and play pretty hard. The passing game… can you get anything from LSU? Some kind of balance, big plays.
As a former Georgia great, Pollack takes the most flack from the Bulldogs’ fan base during his GameDay picks and comments. He’s OK with that, though.
I’m a traitor. I’m a turncoat. I get it worse from them than any fan base. It’s funny, because when I pick Georgia I’m a homer and when I pick against them I’m a traitor. My philosophy, I want to be right.
I get blasted back home, but, again, it’s fun.