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Tiger Stadium will play host to LSU and UT-Chattanooga on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: LSU’s schedule set for first 3 weeks football season

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today, we make plans for the fall, check in with NFLSU, ride to work and more. Enjoy!

LSU scheduling update

The time and television network for the LSU football team’s home opener was announced Tuesday. LSU’s Sept. 9 game versus UT-Chattanooga is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the SEC Network Alternate Channel.

In case you need a refresher, here’s a quick look at the top quarter of the schedule:

  • Week 1: LSU vs. BYU (in Houston) — 8:30 p.m. CT; ESPN
  • Week 2: LSU vs. UT-Chattanooga — 6:30 p.m. CT; SECNA
  • Week 3: LSU at Mississippi State — 6 p.m. CT; ESPN or ESPN2

Where’s that food coming from?

LSU announced a new food supply partnership Tuesday with Aramark to supply all of the food and drinks in Tiger Stadium and the rest of LSU’s athletics facilities.

LSU is the fourth SEC school to partner with Aramark, joining Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. In the school’s official release, LSU athletics director Joe Alleva had this to say about the partnership:

“This is a significant enhancement for LSU athletics and most importantly for our fans. This is a long-term commitment between LSU and Aramark and our fans will start noticing immediate improvements in food and beverage at our athletic events this fall.”

I, on the other hand, will continue to eat press box food. (Follow me on Twitter for a shockingly large amount of tweets about oatmeal raisin cookies.)

NFLSU update

Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback site released a lengthy ranking of the 400 best players in the NFL on Tuesday. The list spawned plenty of debate, most of which was critical.

But one place you likely won’t be critical of is the inclusion of former Tigers. The countdown ranked 13 former LSU football players, or roughly 3 percent of the list. Here are the players included, as well as where they fell on the countdown.

  • No. 14: CB Patrick Peterson
  • No. 23: WR Odell Beckham Jr.
  • No. 45: S Tyrann Mathieu
  • No. 82: OT Andrew Whitworth
  • No. 127: CB Delvin Breaux
  • No. 178: WR Jarvis Landry
  • No. 192: DE Danielle Hunter
  • No. 211: RB Spencer Ware
  • No. 217: LB Kwon Alexander
  • No. 230: LB Deion Jones
  • No. 248: OL Trai Turner
  • No. 302: DT Kyle Williams
  • No. 350: CB Morris Claiborne

Elsewhere in NFLSU news

One former LSU football player who missed the countdown is Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins. But his day wasn’t all bad.

Collins and the Cowboys reportedly agreed to terms on a two-year extension Tuesday worth approximately $17 million. The deal keeps Collins, who was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, signed to the Cowboys through 2019.

As some of you may remember, Collins was a first-round-caliber talent who went undrafted in 2015 after being questioned by Baton Rouge police regarding a death, which he was ultimately never accused nor suspected of committing.

Living on the edge

LSU edge rusher commit Dantrieze Scott showed SEC Country’s own Sam Spiegelman just how northern Louisianan he is this week, showing up to practice riding on a four-wheeler.

Step up your game, everyone else. Recruiting is silly, but sometimes it’s fun.

Get ready for LSU football practice

SEC Country’s two-week position-by-position preview of the 2017 LSU football season continued Tuesday when I took a look at LSU’s depth at edge rusher.

Arden Key is the main attraction in the group, but click through into the article to learn tidbits about everyone from Andre Anthony and Ray Thornton to incoming freshman K’Lavon Chaisson. And be sure to scroll through to the bottom of the article, where you’ll be able to find all of our position previews.

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