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No. 4 LSU, No. 7 Alabama now can only wait for showdown

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama and LSU have navigated rugged stretches leading up to a two-week wait. Then comes what figures to be the most hyped Southeastern Conference game of the regular season. The seventh-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 4 LSU both have open dates before the big SEC West rendezvous at Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 7. "Definitely looking forward to it," Tigers receiver Malachi Dupre said after Saturday night's 48-20 win over Western Kentucky. "You are talking about a game that everybody has marked on their calendar a year before it happens." Alabama (7-1, 4-1) has won the last four meetings. LSU (7-0, 4-0) is the last unbeaten team in the league and powered by the nation's leading rusher Leonard Fournette. Both received at least one first-place vote in Sunday's Associated Press Top 25. Now, they get a week of rest, fine tuning, extra film study - and, of course, hype. The break

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Snap Judgments: The Western Kentucky Game

Last night in Tiger Stadium was simply put all about the numbers. It was how the success or failure of the LSU Tigers would be measured against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Not the final score of 48-20 when looking at the numbers, either. Western Kentucky came in averaging 535.4 yards per game. LSU held them to 428. Western Kentucky came in averaging 407.4 yards passing per game. LSU held them to 325. Western Kentucky came in averaging 44 points per game. LSU held them to 20. Western Kentucky came in averaging 39.2 passing attempts per game. They threw the ball 61 times against LSU. So, LSU held Western Kentucky to 107 yards below their total offense average, 82 yards below their passing yards per game average, 24 points below their points per game average all while Western Kentucky threw the ball over 20 times more that their attempts per game average? LSU did that while defending on

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Harris’ career-high yardage helps No. 5 LSU top WKU 48-20

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Even in miserable, soggy conditions, LSU quarterback Brandon Harris had enough grip, zip and accuracy to make a defense pay for selling out to stop star running back Leonard Fournette. Harris passed for a career-high 286 yards, with two of his three scoring passes going for more than 50 yards, and No. 5 LSU used a strong second half to pull away from Western Kentucky, 48-20 on Saturday night. "The biggest thing is, as the season progresses, he is getting more confidence and the coaching staff in turn is starting to get more confidence in him," LSU receiver Malachi Dupre said about Harris. "He is playing great right now. The weather wasn't ideal tonight, but we were still able to make plays." Fournette, who has four scoring runs of 40 or more yards this season, didn't have a gain longer than 18 yards against Western Kentucky. He still

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MIKE D’S TAKE: LSU vs Western Kentucky….

Interesting game for the Tigers. The Tigers have had more than a little trouble with average passing quarterbacks this season and now face the best passing quarterback they will face all year long in WKU's Brandon Doughty. While in the past the Tigers have earned the nicknamed "DBU" they have not played up to that lofty regard in 2015. This year the Hilltoppers have scored 41 or more points 5 times to get to their 6-1 mark.  LSU's huge offensive line-the best in college football and the play of Leonard Fournette-the best player in college football, will overtake the Hilltoppers, but they will face quite a challenge in playing a team offensively that can put points up on the board. The Playmaker-  #12 Quarterback  Brandon Doughty  Brandon Doughty is one very good college quarterback who will eventually get his chance to play at the next level. The 6-2 1/2, 220 pounder from North

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Ben Simmons leads strong SEC freshmen class not at Kentucky

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There is always a heralded group of freshmen basketball players in the Southeastern Conference, and this year they're not all at Kentucky. The list starts with highly touted Ben Simmons at LSU, which has plastered the 6-foot-10 Australian's face on billboards around Baton Rouge. Simmons, the No. 1 rated high school player last season at Florida's Montverde Academy, isn't allowing that to go to his head. "It's been so much of a blur for me," Simmons said. "I'm still me, but I'm also enjoying it. I'm not really caught up in the hype. But it's been kinda funny to the guys — I'm just their teammate, just Ben the Australian kid that plays in America." Adding to the hype is Simmons' selection as the SEC's preseason player of the year, just the second freshman ever selected for the award (the first was Kentucky's Julius Randle in 2013). "I always want

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Is the SEC down? League depth a question at midway point

Halfway through the regular season, a dirty little secret is becoming more obvious to college football fans. The proud Southeastern Conference doesn't look quite as formidable this fall. There are still some good teams and talented players: No. 5 LSU and its Heisman Trophy candidate - running back Leonard Fournette, top the list. No. 8 Alabama has its own big back in Derrick Henry and has bounced back after a surprising loss to Mississippi in September. But the depth around the conference appears to be lacking. The SEC has just five nationally ranked teams after a peak of 10 earlier in the season. Preseason darling Auburn has been disappointing and Arkansas lost to Toledo. Missouri - the two-time defending Eastern Division champion - is 1-3 in conference play and struggling to score points. Georgia and Ole Miss looked like early contenders, but the Bulldogs have lost two of their past three games and the

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Snap Judgments: The Florida Game

I like irony. I enjoy it. From the type of “irony” that Alanis Morissette wrote about, to an LSU seven point victory over a top ten opponent following special teams having another poor night then making a huge play to win the game. Sure, we all saw that, right? Last night in Tiger Stadium the LSU Tigers came close, really, really close, to having the line “special teams is going to lose a game for them this year” come true. Instead, “special teams won a game” came true. I am still in kind of in shock that LSU won the game like that. I expected LSU to win, and they did. I expected Leonard Fournette to run extremely hard and earn every single yard he got, and he did. I expected Brandon Harris to make some plays in the passing game, and he did. I expected Lewis Neal to play hard every single

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No. 6 LSU holds off No. 8 Florida, 35-28

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Perhaps someone at Florida should have reminded first-year coach Jim McElwain about Les Miles’ propensity to gamble against the Gators.

Leonard Fournette ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns, Miles victimized Florida with a fake field goal for the second time in five years, and the No. 6 Tigers beat the No. 8 Gators 35-28 on Saturday night.

Kicker Trent Domingue’s 16-yard touchdown run on the fake was LSU’s only scoring play of the second half, breaking a 28-all tie in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers’ defense held from there – barely. Florida receiver Antonio Callaway, who had a 72-yard punt return for a score, also had his hands on a long pass to the end zone from Treon Harris in the middle of the fourth quarter, but LSU’s Dwyane Thomas punched it out to prevent a tying touchdown.Tagged , , , Read More