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Lunch with Les: No change of plans for LSU’s showdown with South Carolina in wake of severe weather

Heavy rains and the threat of severe flooding in South Carolina have not caused a change of plans for No. 7 LSU’s game against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT. “We certainly understand the whims of weather,” said LSU coach Les Miles during his weekly press luncheon Monday. “I’m certain that they’ll do great. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Here are more news nuggets from Miles’ press conference:

  • Keeping faith: After LSU’s receivers dropped five balls against Eastern Michigan last Saturday, Miles expressed confidence in the group.  “I think our wide receivers expect more of themselves,” he said. “I think several guys played really hard and played really fast. There were times when energy to the ball didn’t match their abilities and capabilities.” Miles said he’s looking to shuffle the lineup but not “in any wholesale fashion.”
  • Injury update: Senior linebacker Lamar Louis, who tweeted Sunday he suffered a concussion against EMU and did not play in the second half, will be “fine for game day,” Miles said. The coach classified tight end Dillon Gordon (Achilles) and defensive back Jalen Mills (ankle) as day-to-day. “He and Dillon, I’m gonna see where they’re at today and see if we can mark a day on the calendar for these guys,” Miles said. Junior defensive end Tashawn Bower is expected to return against the Gamecocks after missing the EMU game following an ankle injury against Syracuse on Sept. 26. Miles classified the injury as a “minor nick” and said Bower could have played against the Eagles.
  • Been there, done that: Miles said the Tigers’ practice and travel schedules will be similar to what they were leading up to their showdown against Syracuse. That game, which LSU won 34-24, also started at noon ET. “It seemed to be the right recipe,” Miles said.
  • Checking in: Miles said he called his son Manny, a walk-on for North Carolina’s football team, Sunday to check on him in light of the severe weather in South Carolina. “I made sure he’s OK,” the coach said. “He said it’s raining all the time.”


LSU gets a night kick for the home game against Florida


It’s a night game.

LSU and Florida will kick off at 6 p.m. on ESPN, the school announced on Monday. CBS and its 2:30 p.m. time slot passed on the Gators and Tigers – a win for athletic director Joe Alleva and Tigers fans who crave the night atmosphere at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers have won four of the last five meetings against the Gators, including last season’s 30-27 thriller in The Swamp – Leonard Fournette’s breakout game. Florida leads the series 31-27-3, and the two teams have met every year since 1971.

They’ve met as ranked teams for nine of the last 11 games. Florida is currently No. 11 in the AP poll. LSU is No. 7. The Gators (5-0) travel to Missouri this weekend, and the Tigers (4-0) travel to South Carolina.

Film Room: LSU 44, Eastern Michigan 22

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention.

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How They Happened (big-play analysis)

A good pull: On second-and-10 from the Eastern Michigan 21-yard line, LSU QB Brandon Harris kept the ball on a zone-read play and ran around left end for a 21-yard touchdown.

  • Harris is looking at the defensive tackle (yellow arrow) on the play. The tackle is let free by LG Maea Teuhema, who darts to block a linebacker. The tackle steps toward RB Leonard Fournette because he’s Leonard Fournette. This is a perfect example of how Fournette affects plays even when he doesn’t touch the ball. Harris makes a good decision by pulling the ball here.IMG_5866
  • There are three key blocks on this play, and each are circled in red. The circles from left to right are Jerald Hawkins, Teuehma and TE DeSean Smith. They sustain the blocks to spring Harris for the touchdown (black arrow).
  • The zone-read is becoming one of LSU’s favorite plays. After all, the two key pieces on the play are athletic speedy guys in Harris and Fournette. Each is dangerous on the ground. Also, the Tigers could pass out of the play. Maybe we see that at some point later: Harris keeping the ball and then tossing down field.

Quite a start: On first-and-10 from the LSU 25-yard line, Leonard Fournette ran 75 yards for a score on the very first play of the second half.

  • Hawkins had some bumps in Saturday’s game – that 15-yard penalty for continuing to play with his helmet off and the missed block that led to Harris’ interception. But, he excelled at times in the run game, and here’s another good example of it. Hawkins (red circle) walls off the edge, clearing Fournette a large lane for that scoring jaunt.


  • Hawkins’ block is great, but Fournette’s stiff arm to EMU DB Anthony Brown is a must on this play. You see Brown? He’s circled in yellow and is in perfect position to make a tackle. Fournette extends his arm, pushing away Brown and jetting down the sideline. That can be considered a broken tackle. Fournette had six broken tackles against the Eagles.
  • The last thing that must happen on this play: TE Colin Jeter’s downfield block of a defensive back (red blocking arrow). Jeter gets the final block to spring Fournette.

“That was awesome”: With 52 seconds left in the third quarter, Eastern Michigan converts on a 2-point conversion to pull within 30-22.


  • Dan Hawkins, the former Boise State coach turned ESPN color analyst blurts out, “That was awesome!” after this play. It’s Hawkins’ style of play – razzle dazzle, as some would say. Hawkins calls it a “direct snap, reverse, throwback to the quarterback.”
  • RB Darius Jackson aligns at quarterback. The quarterback, Brogan Roback, calls for the snap with a clap of his hands. He’s the black arrow. Slot receiver Eddie Daugherty (red arrow) races into the backfield to receive a flip from Jackson, who then tosses to a wide open Roback in the end zone.
  • Roback is really the key to the play. For about two seconds after the snap, he stays completely still while action is happening around him. Then he darts toward the left corner of the end zone, running by safety Jamal Adams. Video: https://vine.co/u/1252110317497241600

Pick 6: On third-and-11 from the 28-yard-line, EMU quarterback Roback, heavily pressured, throws into the hands of LB Deion Jones, who returns it for a score.

  • DE Arden Key and DT Davon Godchaux make this play happen. Key gets the pressure on Roback after a nice pass-rushing move with Godchaux. The two players have been a lethal pair this season, and they illustrate just why here. Key stunts inside (red arrow) while Godchaux pushes to the outside, taking two offensive linemen (black arrows) with him.


  • Here’s the video:

Position Analysis

Big Ugly Blips and Booms (O-line analysis)

  • The Booms were evenly spread throughout LSU’s entire offensive line. Remember, we chart each play and Booms are blocks that spring a successful running play. Important note for this entire blog: We stopped charting the game early in the fourth quarter, so must of this is the first three quarters only.
  • Will Clapp, Ethan Pocic and Maea Teuhema each had four Booms. For the most part, the group opened nice holes. LSU continues to use Clapp in a pulling manner and the Tigers continue to run behind him and Pocic more than anything else. RB Leonard Fournette, statistically, might have had the most success against EMU running to the left side behind Jerald Hawkins.
  • LSU finished with seven penalties for 51 yards, and it could have been so much more. For a second straight game, an LSU player continued to play after his helmet was knocked off. Hawkins did that against EMU, but the Eagles declined the 15-yard flag. Also, Teuhema was flagged for a false start.

  • Hawkins was responsible for LSU’s first turnover of the season. He eyed the outside linebacker on this play and was caught flat footed as Teuhema shoved his man into Hawkins.

Injury Watch: Teuhema went down in the third quarter, but it was nothing more than a cramp. He’s should be fine.

Monday Morning Quarterback (QB analysis)

  • Harris’ numbers were more woeful than he actually played (4 for 15). We charted four Misfires (errant throws) from Harris. Two to three more passes could have been placed better for the receivers, but the wideouts didn’t help out their quarterback very much in this one. We counted five dropped passes.
  • However, Harris still struggled, specifically with his reads. He missed open receivers, choosing to throw to covered guys. Fournette was wide open for a touchdown, and he instead threw to a covered Dupre. Here’s another example. Harris chunks one deep for Dural when Dupre (red circle) is wide open over the middle of the field. Dural has three defenders (black arrows) around him.



  • Random note: LSU was in the shotgun for for only about 10-13 snaps – the fewest amount this season. Again, that’s through the first three quarters.

Backing It Up (RB/FB analysis)

  • Fournette did Fournette things, as you’d expect. He broke six tackles. That gives him 27 broken tackles the last three weeks (14 against Auburn and 7 against Syracuse). Thing is, he ran for 233 yards and much of it came against a stacked box. And we do mean stacked. There were multiple times where EMU put 10 players in “the box,” the area within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage. Check it out here:


  • Fournette got 26 carries against the Eagles, and it wasn’t just because the game was close. OC Cam Cameron told the ESPNU TV crew before the game that coaches wanted to give Fournette his “usual” in carries, which is about “20-25,” said play-by-play man Alan Bestwick.
  • One thing Fournette did that he probably shouldn’t have? This:

Five-yard Out (WR analysis)

  • Bad day. Bad, bad day. And it probably incited this tweet Sunday from Malachi Dupre:

  • LSU had five drops: three from Dural (one of those was a shaky called PI), one from Tyron Johnson and one from Dupre. Two of the drops came in the end zone and a third could have turned into a score. Normally the Tigers most reliable receiver, Dural struggled. Harris and him couldn’t find a groove. Take for instance these three straight plays. The first is miscommunication on a route, second is a bad pass and the third: A drop, the worst of the day.

  • LSU receivers struggled to get separation all day and, at least three times, wideouts weren’t aggressive enough in catching passing. They sat back and waited for the ball to arrive. What happened? EMU players broke up the pass. It happened numerous occasions.

Front Seven (D-line/LB analysis)

  • LSU wanted so badly to use reserves against such a lowly foe. The Tigers wanted to test backups on the defensive line and linebacker spots. What happened? Bad stuff.
  1. EMU with Kendell Beckwith/Deion Jones on the field through the first three quarters: 25 plays, 37 yards.
  2. EMU without at least 1 of Beckwith or Deion on the field: 21 plays, 153 yards.
  3. EMU vs. LSU when Tigers had reserves in at both DT spots, 1 DE spot and both LB spots: 10 plays, 99 yards.
  • We all knew depth was an issue for this unit, and it really showed. Some reserves didn’t even get a crack at all or saw very little time. Deondre Clark saw very little snaps, and freshman Isaiah Washington got in the game in the first half for three plays and didn’t enter again – at least not over the first three quarters. The same goes for Quentin Thomas. He got his first playing time of the season early in the game and then did not re-enter.
  • The main reserves who played included LB Duke Riley and Donnie Alexander and DE Sione Teuhema and DTs Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore – both normal rotating reserves. Alexander saw the most playing time of his career, probably. Riley played a ton, as well, and he struggled. EMU had six plays of 15 yards or more without LSU starting LBs Jones and Beckwith on the field. One of them included this 30-yard completion, in which Riley releases his man in coverage:

  • With Tashawn Bower out, DE Seione Teuhema saw about 18-20 snaps over the first three quarters. He had a Pressure. LSU’s defensive line pecking order is pretty obvious. Teuhema is clearly the No. 4 DE. Isaiah Washington might be No. 5. Clark appears to be a distant No. 6.
  • Key had two Pressures, and Lewis Neal had three. A Pressure is any hurry of the quarterback, forcing him to pass or scramble.
  • The penalty bug bit the LSU offense against Syracuse. It got the defense against EMU. Linemen Key and Davon Godchaux and linebacker Kendell Beckwith all had off-sides penalties. Coaches were not happy with Key’s off-sides, and they pulled the freshman afterward for Teuhema:


  • Check this out. At least once, LSU put Godchaux at end and had Neal and Key on the other side of the line with LaCouture between them. Key is in a standing position – the Buck role that Beckwith normally plays in the Tigers’ Dime set, something we did not see against EMU (we’ll get to that later).


Break It Up (DB analysis)

  • For the first time all season, LSU played Ed Paris at cornerback – and it took Kevin Toliver getting his helmet knocked off to do it. A player must leave the game for one play when his helmet comes off. Paris entered for Toliver and played at least one other series.
  • LSU doesn’t sub much at all in the secondary. Safeties Rickey Jefferson and Jamal Adams play entire games. That goes for CB Tre White as well. Dwayne Thomas and Donte Jackson continue to rotate in at nickel back, and Toliver is the cornerback in the nickel.
  • For a second straight game, LSU did not use the six-defensive back Dime set, which includes the addition of safety Corey Thompson. That’s something to watch moving forward. LSU played the 4-3 defense about five times in the first three quarters and much of that was on the goal line, so, really, it was the goal line defense. The Tigers continue to employ the nickel as their base defense. They’re in it at least 90 percent of each game.
  • Random note: Cameron told the ESPNU crew that Jackson is the fastest player he’s seen since former Washington Redskins star Darrell Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl defensive back.
  • Rickey Jefferson’s coverage skills have not been smooth. He picked up a pass interference last week – an obvious call when he shoved the receiver. He does it again against EMU and gets away with it.

  • At least three times in the game, LSU brought a corner blitz. Here’s an example of one. Toliver gets a good Pressure on the QB with it, and Jones slides over in coverage.

‘We were advised to leave': South Carolina flooding affecting Gamecocks ahead of game against LSU

Flooding has hit South Carolina hard. (AP)

Flooding has hit South Carolina hard. (AP)

South Carolina coaches were working in the team’s football stadium studying film when they were told to leave Sunday morning.

Why? Flood waters.

“A lot of areas were being closed down,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said on a teleconference with reporters on Sunday.

The Gamecocks have much more to worry about than their 2-3 record or facing No. 7 LSU (4-0) on Saturday afternoon. As of Sunday afternoon, four people had died in the massive flooding in South Carolina.

A report from the Weather Channel called it possibly the worst flooding the state’s “ever seen.” Downtown Columbia, South Carolina – home to USC – has received more than 10 inches of rain since the event began Friday.

Spurrier said officials expect the flooding to recede in the next two days, and he doesn’t expect it to affect the team’s preparation for the LSU game, starting with Monday’s practice.

The game should not be affected, the coach indicated. The Tigers and Gamecocks meet at 11 a.m. CT Saturday. South Carolina announced Sunday that campus would be closed Monday.

Coaches arrived at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sunday morning to review game film. At about 10:30 p.m. CT, they were told to leave. The stadium is located near the Congaree River, which runs along side the campus and downtown Columbia.

“We were advised to leave the stadium and try to get home,” the coach said. “Most of the coaches … one or two defensive coaches were there when I left. They were advised to get out.”

Shawn Elliott, South Carolina’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, lives near a creek that has swelled. Elliott is the only known member of the team or staff closely affected by the flooding, Spurrier said.

The National Weather Services reported that the river gauge at the creek – Gills Creek – was “swept away” over the weekend.

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Game Day: LSU vs. Eastern Michigan


Game Day blog is a weekly post published a few hours ahead of LSU’s game. Starting two to three hours before kickoff, we’ll have pregame news and notes available on a separate page, which we’ll link to.

Live updates here with pregame news and notes and in-game action.

The Info

  • Match: No. 9 LSU (3-0) vs. Eastern Michigan (1-3)
  • TDP: 6 p.m.,Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge
  • Series Record: 0-0

Two Players To Watch (LSU)

  • QB Brandon Harris: Is this the game we see LSU coaches let Harris loose to chunk it down the field? If this isn’t the game, than no game will be the game. There’s no better opponent to practice and hone the downfield passing against than the struggling Eagles.
  • DE Arden Key: Tashawn Bower may not play a ton. He suffered an ankle injury in the win over Syracuse when an offensive lineman fell on his lower leg. What’s that mean? Arden Key could gobble up his snaps. Key against Eastern Michigan’s quick-passing game might end in misery for the Eagles.

Key Matchups

  • Leonard Fournette vs. Eastern Michigan’s defense: The big question entering the game – how many carries will Fournette get before coach Les Miles yanks him? We’ve got the over/under at 17 carries, but who really knows. Eastern Michigan is the nation’s worst rushing defense, and Fournette is the country’s best rusher.

The Opponent

  • The Sagarin rating: No. 178
  • Best win: at No. 182 Wyoming, 48-29
  • Worst loss: vs. No. 167 Old Dominion, 38-34
  • Sagarin strength of schedule: No. 183
  • Record vs. Sagarin Top 30: 0-0

The Spread

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Should LSU RB Leonard Fournette sit out next season? The star subtly shoots that question down



Leonard Fournette’s dominant start to the season has sparked a debate that seems to be sweeping the nation and gaining steam: Should Fournette sit out his junior season so not to risk a pro career?

Players can’t enter the NFL draft until they are three years removed from high school. Fournette, a sophomore who graduated from St. Augustine High in 2014, is not eligible until the 2017 draft.

More than 20 players in the last four years have left LSU early for the draft as juniors and redshirt sophomores. But could a true sophomore leave early in his own way – by sitting out his junior season?

It’s a raging debate that Fournette – ever so subtly – joined Tuesday night with this tweet:


The tweet has been retweeted more than 2,000 times and favorited more than 1,700 times. Fournette has run for 631 yards through his first three games this season, surging up Heisman Trophy leaderboards. The former No. 1 ranked recruit in the nation in 2014, Fournette is a 3-to-2 favorite to win the trophy.

Les Miles was asked last year where Fournette would be drafted if he were eligible out of high school. He said in the mid-to-late rounds. Last week, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Fournette would be the No. 1 prospect in the draft if he were eligible this year.

It’s unclear if Fournette has any insurance policy, but it’s likely he does. Ohio State’s Maurice Clarett, in 2004, tried to challenge the NFL rules after just one year in college, but failed in courts.

National pundits – specially those covering the NFL – have weighed in on the debate: Should Fournette sit next season?

Sites like Pro Football Talk, an entity of NBC Sports, claim Fournette should skip his junior season and sit out.

Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel writes that Fournette sitting out would carry its own set of risks. More than a week ago The New York Times penned a story about the issue with the headline, “Only Thing in Leonard Fournette’s Way: N.F.L. Rule Book.”

It would be a mistake if Fournette would sit out as a junior, Marshall Faulk to ESPN radio recently. Herschel Walker, who Fournette has drawn comparisons to, said Fournette is better than him and that the running back should not sit out his junior season. He calls it a “bad idea.”

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette called ProFootballTalk’s take “insulting” to the player.

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LSU Twitter Mailbag: You asked about night kickoffs, Jalen Mills, Tigers’ QB situation and more

Jalen Mills could return against Florida. (AP)

Jalen Mills could return against Florida. (AP)

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday or Wednesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football and baseball teams. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.

There are a lot of variables here. First off, that weekend’s other SEC games:

  • Missouri at Georgia
  • Auburn at Kentucky
  • Vanderbilt at South Carolina
  • Alabama at Texas A&M

Second, the TV selection process:

  • First pick: CBS (2:30 p.m.)
  • Second pick: ESPN/ESPN2 (6 p.m.)
  • Third-Fifth picks: SEC Network (11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.)

So, there are two options for night kicks: the second and third best games of the week (ESPN/ESPN2 and SEC Network’s primetime game). Sometimes, it seems, that ESPN2/ESPNU will take a second SEC game so that could provide a third night slot.

The problem: If LSU and Florida both lead their respective divisions, CBS is liable to take the game with the first pick for its afternoon time slot.

TV selections are made a week in advance unless the network asks for more time. LSU hosts Eastern Michigan this week, and Florida hosts Ole Miss. A Florida loss to the Rebels could mean the Tigers-Gators are in store for a night game. CBS could pick Alabama-A&M, but that depends on what happens this week, too (A&M hosts State and Alabama plays at Georgia).

Great question. Before this weekend, I would have said Toliver. Here’s why, right now, I’ll say Thomas. LSU played its 4-3 base defense for the first time all season at Syracuse, and Thomas – not Toliver – was the cornerback opposite Tre White in the base. Toliver was not on the field.

That surprised me a bit. I would have thought the CB pecking order went White, Toliver, Thomas, Donte Jackson. The order really seems to be White, Thomas, Toliver, Jackson.

Thomas, though, struggled at times against the Orange, and Jackson played the most snaps at nickelback that he’s seen all season (about half of the defensive plays).  So, who knows?

The Tigers didn’t handle it too well last week at Syracuse. LSU came out flat, to use the cliche. They get a second shot at South Carolina.  If the past is any indication, look for another flat start, but keep this in mind: After Syracuse, I’m sure coaches will do their best to prevent another sloppy start in an early kick.

He definitely takes pride in it. And don’t think for a second that he doesn’t use it as a recruiting tool – he definitely does.

The second question is much harder to answer and, because of that, I’ll send you to a story we wrote last November on that exact topic: here.

I know that Alabama is “down” and that Ole Miss won in Tuscaloosa, but … I still think it’s Alabama. Why exactly? I don’t know, but I just do.

Some team in the SEC West will likely be 11-1 (or, 10-1 if it’s LSU). Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and LSU. One of those four, I believe, finishes the regular season with just one loss.

Great question. LSU has allowed six combined points in the three first halves. The Tigers have allowed 58 points in second halves. The exact reason isn’t completely clear, but it’s something we’re investigating. May have a story on it later.

One possibility (at least this was the case vs. Mississippi State): The Tigers D looked tired late in the third quarter and into the fourth. LSU isn’t playing very many people. There aren’t a ton of reserves playing huge swaths of time. A tired defense yields points.

That’s a depth issue created, in part, because of early departures for the NFL and normal attrition (dismissals, transfers, etc.).

No. And Les Miles indicated Sunday that Mills won’t be ready for at least another two weeks. That could put his return for the home game against Florida.

Here’s the full injury report.

That all depends on that team’s standing at the end of the season. The two obvious ones are Ole Miss and Alabama. Each of those teams should win at least eight or nine games this season so the loss shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

But losing at South Carolina? Well, that could be an issue. The Gamecocks are a team that might struggle to get to a bowl. Either way, a one-loss LSU team that advances to the SEC championship game and wins will almost certainly find its way into the playoff.

If LSU loses one game and does not advance to the title game, that’s when that one loss will be scrutinized.

Les Miles updates injuries of LSU’s Tashawn Bower, Jalen Mills and Dillon Gordon

LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower should play this Saturday against Eastern Michigan, and tight end Dillon Gordon and defensive back Jalen Mills will likely miss at least another week.

Tashawn Bower during the Syracuse game. (AP)

Tashawn Bower during the Syracuse game. (AP)

Bower, a starter each game this season, injured his ankle when an offensive lineman fell on his left leg during the first quarter of the win over Syracuse. Miles said Bower will get “a couple days off” in practice this week, but should be ready to play against Eastern Michigan, which No. 9 LSU (3-0) hosts on Saturday.

Gordon, who injured his Achilles against Auburn and donned a walking boot last week, will likely miss another week, Miles indicated at his Monday press conference. Mills, who’s been recovering from an ankle injury that needed surgery, might miss at least two more weeks, the coach said.

“He’s been running and cutting,” Miles said of Mills, who injured the ankle at preseason practice on Aug. 19. He was expected to miss “at least six weeks,” The Advocate reported in August.

“He’s probably maybe a week (from) giving us a full game,” Miles said of Gordon.

LSU will travel to South Carolina on Oct. 3 before hosting No. 25 Florida the next week.

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In the daylight: LSU to play South Carolina at 11 a.m.

(Bill Feig)

(Bill Feig)

LSU’s game at South Carolina will kick off at 11 a.m. CT – a third day kick in the Tigers’ first five games this season.

The No. 8 Tigers (3-0) and unranked Gamecocks (2-2) square off on Oct. 10 in Columbia, South Carolina, in a game that will be televised by ESPN. It will be a noon local kick (ET) – the same time of LSU’s game against Syracuse.

It’s the third day kickoff for LSU in the first five weeks of the season. LSU hosted Auburn in a 2:30 p.m. kick. It all comes a season after the program had an unprecedented 12 regular season games kick off at night.

The Tigers could potentially have a day kick the week after the South Carolina game. LSU hosts No. 25 Florida (4-0) on Oct. 17 – a match that could slide into CBS’ No. 1 TV slot of 2:30 p.m.

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Three peat: LSU RB Leonard Fournette garners third straight SEC honor

AX039_6F16_9It’s a three peat.

The Southeastern Conference named LSU running back Leonard Fournette as its Offensive Player of the Week for a third straight week, the league announced Monday.

Fournette has eclipsed his personal rushing record in each of LSU’s three games this season. He rolled for 159 yards and three touchdowns at Mississippi State, 228 yards and three scores last week against Auburn and 244 with two touchdowns against Syracuse on Saturday.

Through 16 games (just nine of them starts), Fournette’s already 19th on LSU’s career rushing list with 1,665 yards. He leads the nation in yards a game (210), is third in total yards (631) with one fewer game played and is second in touchdowns (8).

No. 9 LSU (3-0) hosts Eastern Michigan (1-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday. EMU is the worst rushing defense in the nation, statistically, allowing 373 ground yards a game.

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