Bayou Bengal Briefing: Can LSU football finish the regular season with 10 wins?
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The projections keep a-comin’
USA Today Sports released its final record projections for every team in college football Monday, a series of picks that favored the LSU football team. In the projection, LSU finishes 10-2 overall with a 6-2 record in conference play, giving the Tigers the second-best record in the SEC.
Presumably, this projection assumes LSU will lose to Alabama and split its two games against Auburn and Florida. If LSU finishes with 10 wins and the second-best record in the SEC, the Tigers are all but assured a spot in the New Year’s Six, assuming the SEC finishes with a team in the College Football Playoff.
It’s hard to look at a 10-2 season and a New Year’s Six berth as a disappointment, especially in the first full season of the Ed Orgeron era. But is this actually a possibility? That’s a big question given the difficulty of LSU’s schedule.
It’s not outlandish to assume that LSU will win one of its three games versus Alabama, Florida and Auburn. But that would require LSU to go undefeated against Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee — the latter three serving as hosts. There’s a reason LSU’s strength of schedule is projected to be the third toughest in college football by ESPN FPI.
This season won’t be an easy one. Ten wins would be worthy of celebration. But that’s a long ways away.
Your weekly LSU football poll recap
In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Monday, I asked you to vote on how confident you are in the LSU football team’s patchwork offensive line. More than 200 of you voted in the poll, with options ranging from extremely confident to extremely nervous. Here are your results:
Almost half of you have been bitten by the nervous bug, with 49 percent of respondents replying they are “very concerned” by LSU’s depth issues. Another 36 percent of people replied that they’re “a little bit concerned,” bringing the concerned crowd up to 85 percent of voters.
The remaining 15 percent split between somewhat positive (11 percent), indifferent (3 percent) and extremely positive (1 lonely percent).
If anything, I completely understand the nerves. Between Orgeron’s promotion and the second week of fall camp, LSU has lost two linemen to graduation, three to transfers, one to a violation of team rules and one to leaving the program after two days. On top of that, three of LSU’s expected five starters sat out the team’s first scrimmage Saturday with various minor injuries.
Still, I don’t know if I’d grade my concern as “very concerned.” Will Clapp and Toby Weathersby are healthy; they’re just being nursed back into practice shape slowly. And K.J. Malone’s injuries aren’t defined yet, but if they were serious, Orgeron probably wouldn’t be talking about them. The starting lineup should be fine.
Depth is going to be a concern all season. But offensive line depth is like a fire extinguisher: If everything goes according to plan, you never have to learn how to use it.
Rumors and allegations
Former LSU wide receiver and Miami Dolphins standout Jarvis Landry is under investigation for battery according to Andy Slater of WINZ in Miami. The incident allegedly occurred between Landry and his girlfriend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., about 30 miles outside of Miami.
After news of the investigation was reported, Landry’s girlfriend released a statement defending Landry, describing the claims of battery to be false and pleading for privacy. You can read her full statement below.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 7, 2017
The official ratings for Madden 18 came out Monday, with Tom Brady, Aaron Donald and Von Miller ranking as the three best players in the NFL. But that’s not the Bayou Bengal Briefing’s purpose. Here are a select few rankings for former LSU football players. (For a complete list of players, click here.)
- Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.: 93
- Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson: 91
- Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry: 88
- Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu: 87
- Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter: 86
- Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette: 81
- Jets safety Jamal Adams: 81
- Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins: 79
- Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White: 78
- 49ers safety Eric Reid: 77
- Seahawks center Ethan Pocic: 75
- Falcons linebacker Duke Riley: 71
In recruiting news
If you’re not following SEC Country’s LSU recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman on Twitter, you’re really missing out. LSU football recruiting news is 24/7/365 and Sam is on top of it. Here are a couple of stories he highlighted with tweets on Monday:
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) August 8, 2017
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) August 7, 2017
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) August 7, 2017
And there’s so much more. Follow him. You won’t be sorry.
Sports that aren’t football
Football is taking up most of our time here at SEC Country, but other sports continue to exist. Here a couple of pieces of news you might’ve missed Monday if you were fueling your football obsession.
- LSU basketball coach Will Wade’s contract details were reported, with LSU expected to hang on to the young coach for six years.
- I took a look at how some of LSU’s current and future baseball stars have performed on the summer ball circuits. Spoiler: The answer is mostly good.
Today in made-up holidays
All right, friends. I’ve been celebrating made-up holidays in the Briefing for almost a full year now. And I know every couple of weeks or so, I find a new most absurd holiday ever. But brace yourselves, because I think we have a new No. 1.
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Tuesday is “National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.” I just can’t. I can’t. I’m not going to try. This makes no sense. Even the phrasing. Some zucchini? Into the porch? I don’t get it.
But you know the rules. We have to celebrate. So, here are your three steps:
- Buy some zucchini. It must be some. Can’t be a specific amount. Just grab a handful from the produce section and shove it in a bag.
- Find a neighbor with an indoor porch. Can’t be an outdoor porch. Then you’d be sneaking zucchini onto a porch. No, no. Today you must sneak zucchini into a porch.
- Sneak some of the zucchini into said porch. I don’t think you can sneak all of your zucchini, though. All is more than some. Though that may be up to your discretion.
If anyone actually celebrates this holiday Tuesday, please send me pictures. It will make my month.
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