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LSU coach Ed Orgeron will lead the Tigers in Week 1 in what ESPN considers one of the biggest games of 2018.

ESPN predicts 1 LSU football game could be biggest in NCAA in 2018

Nick Suss

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Game of the year?

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Heather Dinich made 12 picks for what might end up being the college football game that defines the 2018 season. Listed in the group were the usual suspects: Auburn vs. Alabama, Ohio State vs. Michigan and Notre Dame vs. USC. The obvious ones.

But down at No. 12 as a dark-horse pick, Dinich included one LSU game. And, surprisingly, it’s not LSU vs. Alabama, Auburn or Georgia. It is the Week 1 contest against Miami.

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As Dinich explains, the winner of this game sets itself up nicely to have a trump-card win in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee voters. For Miami, this is especially important given its comparatively easy schedule. But for LSU, there is time to make up for a hypothetical loss to the Hurricanes. When Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida loom on your schedule, a Week 1 loss to a Power 5 opponent doesn’t preclude you from CFP conversation.

Still, the collective eyes of the college football world should be on Dallas when LSU and Miami square off on Sept. 2. Who knows? Maybe it will be a preview of a team on its way to greatness.

Checking in with the ‘croots

LSU recruiting news is everywhere. In case you missed any of it, here is a recap of some of the biggest stories from Wednesday:

Meet Ja’Marr Chase

Though 5-star receiver Terrace Marshall may have been LSU’s crown jewel at wideout for the Class of 2018, 4-star Rummel alum Ja’Marr Chase isn’t far off. The SEC Country LSU crew, including yours truly, trekked down to the West Bank on Wednesday to visit with Chase. We spent the afternoon with him as he rehabbed his injured right knee and came away with a little video evidence of our trip.

You can watch the video in the window below. And be sure to check back to SEC Country during the next few weeks as we roll out some of our coverage from our visit with Chase.

So, so close

The LSU basketball team played its final road game of the 2018 regular season on Wednesday, losing an overtime affair versus South Carolina. The loss dropped LSU to 7-10 in SEC play this season.

Perhaps even more saddening, the loss sullied another buzzer-beating shot from freshman guard Tremont Waters, this one a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime in the first place. If you didn’t see it, we still will give you the opportunity to watch it.

In LSU baseball news

The LSU baseball team dropped a midweek showdown against Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond on Wednesday, bringing the Tigers’ record to 5-4 on the young season. LSU loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning down by 1 run, but catcher Hunter Feduccia grounded into a double play to end the game.

Perhaps the biggest development from the game, however, came on the mound. LSU called upon Sunday starter Todd Peterson to throw two innings on Wednesday, and Peterson allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits. Naturally, this means Peterson won’t be relied on to start Sunday when the Tigers take on Southeastern for a rematch. Who will be the guy to start? Coach Paul Mainieri hasn’t said yet. But given their short outings Wednesday, one would have to assume Matthew Beck and Devin Fontenot could be in the mix.

Thursday in made-up holidays

We officially have reached March, and with it comes some weird made-up holidays. According to the folks at, March 1 is the date of some of the most bizarre holidays we have come across. That includes:

A few thoughts:

  1. Fruit compote should not be celebrated. Just eat fruit.
  2. Why do horses need to be protected? Are horses under attack? If so, why is this not a bigger topic of conversation around the world?
  3. Why in the name of all things is “Dadgum That’s Good” a phrase that needs its own day? I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that!

We have to celebrate these holidays. Those are the rules. But you can be weirded out by them. You know I am.

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