Pick 6: Q & A with beat writer Michael Bonner about the Mississippi State at LSU game

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) scrambles in the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Alabama, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Kittrell)

Insight on the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who will take on LSU’s Fighting Tigers in this Saturday’s football game.… Continue reading →

Rabalais: SEC race could be anyone’s to take

Advocate staff photo by Patrick Dennis -- LSU coach Les Miles celebrates with players Saturday after the Tigers' 31-0 win over UL-Monroe in Tiger Stadium. With a wide-open Southeastern Conference, the Tigers are hoping to be in the thick of the chase.

Three weeks into the college football season, virtually everyone in the Southeastern Conference has some reason for optimism if not downright bubbling overconfidence. Everyone except Vanderbilt, that is. After three straight bowl trips, the Commodores look like they’re going to “anchor down” once again to the bottom of the SEC East standings, familiar territory for… Continue reading →

Southeastern Conference watch

Rating game Ranking the 14 Southeastern Conference teams after Week 3: 1. TEXAS A&M (3-0, 1-0; 3) To everyone’s surprise, including the Aggies, this is the SEC’s most complete team. So far. 2. ALABAMA (3-0; 2) Crimson Tide suffering slings and arrows of outrageous expectations. Still winning, though. 3. AUBURN… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Each week, Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. 1. TODD GURLEY RUNNING BACK, JR., GEORGIA Gurley was simply electric in his 2014 debut against Clemson, overpowering his way to 198 yards and three… Continue reading →

Tigers’ depth at linebacker pays off

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU linebacker Duke Riley, right, and defensive back Rashard Robinson take down UL-Monroe tight end Harley Scioneaux during the Tigers' 31-0 win Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Riley had eight tackles in the game.

LSU linebacker Duke Riley learned he would make his first college start on Thursday, just two days before the Tigers’ game with Louisiana-Monroe. Deion Jones received the same notification Saturday morning — less than 12 hours before kickoff. Like many of LSU’s backups eagerly awaiting their opportunity, you would never have known if they were… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Chemistry’s to blame for offensive line’s inconsistency, Vadal Alexander says

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU center Elliott Porter (55) and tackle Vadal Alexander prepare to block UL-Monroe linebacker Ray Stovall during the first quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Chemistry is needed, left guard Vadal Alexander said. Through three games, LSU’s offensive line hasn’t quite lived up to its preseason hype. The veteran, experienced unit has struggled at times to create holes and block pass-rushers, especially in the first half of games. What’s the deal? “Just better chemistry as a whole, among other things.… Continue reading →

Matchups to watch in Mississippi State’s visit to LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws downfield as UL-M linebacker Ray Stovall (90) applies pressure during the second quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 31-0.

QB Dak Prescott vs. LSU’s linebackers The Mississippi State junior has everything a coach wants in a dual-threat QB: At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he provides matchup issues galore. Prescott has rushed for 273 yards and two touchdowns on 40 attempts. He thrives on first down, rushing for two touchdowns… Continue reading →

Film Room: Advocate’s Ross Dellenger breaks down the key plays in LSU’s victory over Louisiana-Monroe

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention. Enter the Film Room here.… Continue reading →

LSU’s reliance on the running game reaches a new high under Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) battles for yardage as ULM's Mitch Lane (7), Hunter Kissinger (48) and Joey Gautney (99) apply pressure during the second half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Baton Rouge. LSU won 31-0.

A quarter of the way through the season, LSU’s offensive identity is becoming clear: 4 yards and a cloud of you-know-what. Averaging 4.3 yards per carry, the Tigers have run the ball more times (157) than all but six other teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They’re running almost three times more often than they’re passing… Continue reading →

LSU’s Anthony Jennings strengthens grip on top quarterback job

Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is pursued by a host of UL-Monroe defenders after a good gain in the first quarter Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Some observers entered the season believing LSU would employ a two-quarterback system. Others predicted true freshman Brandon Harris would eventually overtake opening-day starter Anthony Jennings. Judging by Saturday night’s developments, it appears Jennings may be strengthening his grip on the QB job. Jennings got his third straight start to begin his sophomore season, and unlike in… Continue reading →

Tigers backs struggle at start, break loose in second half

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Darrel Williams celebrates his touchdown run during the second quarter Saturday at Tiger Stadium. Williams had seven carries for 37 yards and two touchdowns.

Everyone remembers the Heisman celebration. When LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette rumbled 4 yards into the end zone for his first career touchdown and struck the infamous pose, he immediately became the talk of both local and national media. Fournette was the star. It’s a tag that comes with being the No. 1 recruit in the… Continue reading →

LSU 31, UL-Monroe 0: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter, left, and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux celebrate during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

That this year’s LSU defense isn’t the inconsistent, sometimes messy one of last season. Even with starters missing — LBs Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis didn’t play — the unit put up a goose egg for a second straight game, the first time that’s happened since 1985. But enough about the D. The offense… Continue reading →

UP NEXT FOR LSU: Mississippi State

Mississippi State at LSU WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Tiger Stadium TV: ESPN RADIO: WDGL-FM 98.1 (Baton Rouge); WWL-AM 870 and WWWL-FM 105.3 (New Orleans); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette) Scouting report The Bulldogs haven’t won in Tiger… Continue reading →

How they scored

First quarter LSU: Colby Delahoussaye 21 field goal at 3:20. DRIVE: 12 plays, 45 yards, 5:41. KEY PLAYS: Drive set up on 26-yard punt return by Tre’Davious White to midfield. Kenny Hilliard 3-yard run on third-and-2 to Louisiana-Monroe 39. Anthony Jennings 14-yard pass to Travin Dural to ULM 23. Jennings 23-yard pass to… Continue reading →

Dak Prescott’s triple threat lifts Bulldogs

MOBILE, Ala. — Dak Prescott rushed, threw and caught a touchdown pass for the second time in his career as Mississippi State downed South Alabama 35-3 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Prescott was 13-of-21 passing for 201 yards and a touchdown. He carried the ball 14 times for 139 yards and another score. The… Continue reading →