Primetime on CBS, College GameDay on campus, and No. 1 team in town. Saturday is a huge game in Baton Rouge.
LSU is also bringing out the big guns for their guest captains. Cardinals defensive backs Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu as well as Deion Jones and Leonard Marshall will take the field at Tiger Stadium before the game.
The least recent of the four is Marshall, who played 11 years in the NFL, mostly with the New York Giants and collected 83.5 sacks in his career. He was a two-time NFL defensive player of the year and two-time Super Bowl champion. In 1982, Marshall helped stop the Crimson Tide’s 12-game winning streak against the Tigers. According to lore, here’s what Bear Bryant said at halftime of that game:
At halftime of that 20-10 victory, Bryant said, “We’ve got to do something about that No. 97, slow him down.’’ Then, as if the thought just struck him, Bryant added, “If we had him we might be ahead in this thing.’’
New Orleans native Deion “Debo” Jones played the most four recent seasons with the Tigers before he was taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Falcons. He already has a defensive touchdown this season against the Saints and racked up 164 tackles during his time in Baton Rouge.
A shoulder injury has put Mathieu on the sidelines for three to six weeks while he recovers. He was dismissed from the program in 2012, but the Tigers are welcoming him back with open arms. Mathieu was the x-factor on the 2011 team which made it to the 2012 BCS National Championship Game against the Crimson Tide and lost, but beat them earlier in the season.
Peterson was the fifth overall selection in the 2011 draft when he was taken by the Cardinals. He had seven interceptions and 135 tackles in Baton Rouge. He was part of the 2010 team that beat Alabama at LSU so it’s clear the Tigers are trying to bring some good vibes back around.