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Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow will reach his transfer decision soon.

LSU fans might be getting Joe Burrow news sooner rather than later

Nick Suss

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Joe Burrow watch

Let’s skip straight to the one thing LSU fans are talking about: Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow is nearing his decision.

According to a report from Clay Hall at WSYX in Columbus, Ohio, the quarterback will choose his future destination soon. Burrow has visited LSU and Cincinnati, and was scheduled to go to North Carolina but that visit has been canceled.

What does “nearing decision” mean? It’s hard to say exactly. Hearing a decision Friday hasn’t been ruled out, but this saga could carry on into next week. Any way it happens, it seems as if Burrow has narrowed his choice to the Tigers and the Bearcats.

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Cincinnati has the home-state advantage, and his preexisting relationship with Cincinnati head coach and former Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell doesn’t hurt. But LSU has the advantage of bigger notoriety and a larger stage on which to compete. It’ll be fascinating to see when and why he makes his choice. And SEC Country will be there along the way.

Wild card!

Athlon Sports on Thursday ranked LSU among the top 10 “wild cards” in college football in 2018. Also listed in the group? Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M, Michigan, Notre Dame and, point out it would “cheat a little,” the entire Big 12, among others.

So what makes LSU such a wild card? Well, it’s what we’ve been saying all offseason. No one can predict what’s going to happen for the Tigers because there’s so much uncertainty on the roster: a quarterback with no experience; running backs with no experience; new starters in every position group.

Could be good. Could be a disaster. That’s what makes it a wild card. In this case, Athlon Sports has it dead on.

ICYMI

In case you missed anything, here’s a smattering of the biggest and best LSU sports news from Thursday:

In LSU softball news

The LSU softball team opens up the NCAA regionals on Friday with a game against fourth-seeded Fordham at 5:30 p.m. CT at Tiger Park. With a win, LSU will advance to face the winner of Houston vs. Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.

Action all weekend will be available to stream online through WatchESPN and the Watch ESPN App. Tickets are still available for the Baton Rouge Regional and can be purchased by clicking here.

In LSU baseball news

LSU dropped Game 1 of a three-game series against Auburn on Thursday, falling behind early after starting pitcher Zack Hess allowed 5 runs in 3-plus innings. With the loss, LSU and Auburn are tied at 14-14 in SEC play and LSU is now incapable of earning a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament.

The Tigers will return to action on Friday when freshman Ma’Khail Hilliard will start against likely No. 1 draft pick Casey Mize. Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. CT and will be televised on the SEC Network.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, May 18 is “National Visit Your Relatives Day.” Which feels like a good plan. If you’re near your relatives, visit them. They miss you.

And if your relatives are visiting you, May 18 is also “National No Dirty Dishes Day.” So be sure to tidy up if you have family coming over. No need to endure those judgmental stares.

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