Get ready for a College World Series rematch on Wednesday, LSU fans
LSU football is in the news every day, and the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy!
The rematch we always wanted
For the first time since the 2017 College World Series final, LSU and Florida will face off on the baseball diamond Wednesday at the SEC Tournament.
Despite playing in the same conference and being two of the most renowned programs in college baseball, LSU and Florida didn’t play a scheduled series in 2018, depriving fans of a rematch between the two teams that decided the 2017 national champion. Now, the Tigers get a shot at a little revenge after the Gators ruined LSU’s shot at a seventh CWS title … and to earn a win against the No. 1 team in the nation.
MORE: Sign up here to get this roundup in your inbox Monday through Friday
LSU defeated Mississippi State on Tuesday night to advance in the 2018 SEC Tournament, setting up the rematch with Florida. Oddly enough, the two most important players on the field might be two guys who didn’t make the trip to Omaha last year. Both LSU and Florida are expected to start freshmen at pitcher, with LSU sending Ma’Khail Hilliard and Florida using Tommy Mace.
There are always plenty of opportunities for revenge in the SEC Tournament. But this one might be the most pressing for LSU’s players and fans.
Stars and snubs
Athlon Sports released its picks for the way-too-early 2018 All-SEC football teams on Tuesday, and a handful of LSU standouts received honors. Linebacker Devin White and cornerback Greedy Williams earned first-team status, while guard Garrett Brumfield and defensive end Rashard Lawrence landed on the third team. Wide receiver Jonathan Giles slotted as a fourth-teamer.
Listed among the notable snubs? 2017 freshman All-SEC offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles was a surprising omission, as were returning starters at safety Grant Delpit and John Battle, as well as transfer defensive end Breiden Fehoko. Still, LSU was one of four schools to have two representatives on the first-team defense, joining Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State.
A good story you should read
The Washington Post’s Kimberley A. Martin wrote a fantastic profile on former LSU running back Derrius Guice on Tuesday, looking at Guice’s life from his difficult childhood through his unexpected fall out of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
A lot of the anecdotes in the story will be familiar to LSU fans, but hearing Guice speak candidly about his past and the pre-draft process is a can’t-miss. Definitely give this story a click and read through it if you have the time. It’s one tale you should want to know every angle of.
Tuesday was one of the busiest days of the LSU offseason for news. In case you missed any of it, here’s a recap:
- SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic still isn’t sold on the Tigers’ QB room
- Surprisingly, one SEC powerhouse has had worse QB play than the Tigers
- Latest on the push for 4-star RB Noah Cain
- ESPN analysts predict Ed Orgeron’s future
- Chris Curry will give fans a reason to be excited
- 10 thoughts from spring recruiting visits
- Shaq tells story of trying to impress Halle Berry
- Nation’s new No. 1 CB talks Tigers
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, May 23 is “National Lucky Penny Day.” So if you find a penny on the ground, be sure to pick it up and milk it for all its lucky properties.
The LSU baseball team might need your help.
Miss a previous edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing? Find every one of SEC Country’s daily LSU football columns right here.