Scott Rabalais: Hey, LSU fans, get to Tiger Stadium for game vs. South Carolina; you’ll be glad you did

South Carolina cheerleaders Jordan Riley, left and Christie Phillips along with mascot "Cocky" rev up the crowd before an NCAA college football game against Florida on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro) ORG XMIT: SCRS102

When you get down to it, college football is just a game. Saturday, though, it becomes something more than that. Saturday is one of those rare days that transcends sports. It has been a strange season for LSU, but on Saturday it takes its most bizarre turn yet. For what has to be the first time ever, the… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: On this Saturday, South Carolina fans, LSU’s Tiger Stadium is yours

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Passengers arriving to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Friday, October 9, 2015, walk past signage welcoming University of South Carolina fans to Baton Rouge for the Gamecocks' game against the Tigers' on Saturday.

Dear South Carolina, We’re glad you’re here this weekend, though we’re heartsick about the reason. We’ve seen the dreadful floods that have tried to drown your state over the past week, killing your people, filling your homes, washing away your businesses. It’s forced your South Carolina football team to come here to play its… Continue reading →

Live updates, analysis: See scene on LSU's campus for last-minute South Carolina in Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Lewis Neal (92), LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (74), LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) and LSU tight end DeSean Smith (89) celebrate after the last missed field goal in LSU's 21-19 win over the Bulldogs in the second half Saturday in Starkville, Miss.

. LSU vs. South Carolina? South Carolina at LSU? LSU at South Carolina? However you phrase it, the Tigers and the Gamecocks will play a football game in Tiger Stadium on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Golden Band from Tigerland will play South Carolina’s fight song (and LSU’s, of course). ‘Sandstorm’ -- a trademark Gamecocks… Continue reading →

He avoided ‘dream stealers,’ and now he’s a standout in Baton Rouge: LSU defensive end Lewis Neal

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Lewis Neal tackles Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback for a loss last Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

Randy Raper opened the Hunt High School weight room each summer day at 9 a.m. He parked his truck, unlocked the exterior door of the building and then saw a familiar sight: Seated on the floor, his back against the weight room door, was defensive end Lewis Neal. His face was drenched in sweat, and… Continue reading →

Tickets sales sluggish for LSU vs. South Carolina, and 'that's a shame,' Joe Alleva says

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- As horticultural attendant foreman Reggie Miller, left, and horticultural attendant John Pfeifer, right, maintain the borderlines, LSU assistant manager of athletic facilities and grounds Hunter Sexton, center, paints the north end zone of Tiger Stadium gold Wednesday afternoon, after it was announced earlier that morning that the University of South Carolina would play their matchup with LSU at LSU following devastating flooding in the state.

. LSU’s ticket sales have fallen well below athletic director Joe Alleva’s expectations. Alleva was hoping the Tigers would sell at least 50,000 tickets to Saturday’s impromptu game at Tiger Stadium against South Carolina. As of 3 p.m. Friday, 38,000 tickets had been sold, Alleva said on After Further Review on 104.9 FM Baton Rouge. Because this is South… Continue reading →

South Louisiana shuffles social calendar, spit-shines RVs for unique home game vs. South Carolina

LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron (97) celebrates his fumble recovery in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. LSU won 45-21. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lance Dupre and his bride-to-be, Kylie, planned their wedding day around the LSU football season. Well, kind of. “She had the date picked out already,” said Dupre, a 26-year-old avid Tigers fan from Lafayette. “I saw that it was an away game so I was like, ‘OK, it’s fine.’” Dupre had the… Continue reading →

Billboards one example of how LSU, Baton Rouge are welcoming South Carolina

Eight digital Lamar Advertising billboards in Baton Rouge will have special messages for visiting South Carolina fans this weekend: “Geaux GAMECOCKS!” Lamar announced Thursday that it’s using space on its board to display two messages: “Geaux GAMECOCKS! We stand STRONG with you!” and “Geaux GAMECOCKS! Make yourself at home!” The messages will be displayed through Saturday. It’s one… Continue reading →

LSU forward Simmons back on practice court after ankle injury

Ben Simmons could only laugh Thursday when it was suggested that unless LSU star running back Leonard Fournette were to get hurt, Simmons had the most famous ankle on campus. “Yeah, I was looking on Twitter and it was all over the Web sites,” Simmons said of missing the first two LSU basketball practices. “I was like, ‘What?… Continue reading →

Take a look back at five memorable games between LSU, South Carolina

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU vs. South Carolina -- LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33) scores his first touchdown as South Carolina Gamecocks safety D.J. Swearinger (36) tries to make the stop during the second half of an SEC football game. LSU won 23-21. Photo shot on Saturday Oct. 13, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU and South Carolina have been infrequent football foes, over the years, meeting just 20 times previously. Even since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992, these teams have met just seven times. LSU holds a commanding 17-2-1 lead in the series, 11-1 in Baton Rouge and 5-1-1 since 1992. Saturday’s meeting promises to be the strangest chapter in the… Continue reading →

Report: Gamecocks to start third string QB Perry Orth vs. LSU

. South Carolina will start its third-string quarterback against LSU, according to a report from Bleacher Report. Perry Orth will start for the Gamecocks in place of No. 2 starter Lorenzo Nunez, who is still battling a shoulder injury he suffered last week in a loss at Missouri. South Carolina’s top QB, Connor Mitch, is out at least… Continue reading →

LSU’s adjusting to role as ‘visitor’ against South Carolina for Saturday's afternoon game

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Lightning flashes across the night sky over Tiger Stadium which was part of the lightning delay during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 in Baton Rouge.

The end zones will be painted purple and gold, as usual, and the iconic Tiger eye will be prevalent at midfield when the LSU band takes the field for its time-honored pregame ritual in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. As always, LSU will occupy its locker room beneath the north end zone stands and its players will make… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says Leonard Fournette is ‘just getting started’ despite gaudy early-season numbers

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White (18), LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate the win after the game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 in Starkville. LSU won 21-19.

Leonard Fournette is the biggest celebrity on LSU’s campus. From holding strangers’ babies to taking pictures with 7-month-olds to being approached by Spanish-speaking students, everyone wants a piece of the sophomore running back. Fournette, after all, is now a 1-to-2 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy — meaning it would be considered an upset… Continue reading →

How to buy tickets? Prices? What you need to know for South Carolina vs. LSU game in Tiger Stadium on Saturday

LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) celebrates one of his touchdown carries in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. LSU won 45-21. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A look at some of the issues concerning the move of Saturday’s LSU-South Carolina game in Tiger Stadium... Continue reading →

No white jerseys for LSU's Saturday game; Tigers to wear purple against South Carolina

Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer is sacked by LSU's Jarvis Green in the second quarter as Tigers' Anthony McFarland (94) looks on in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

LSU will wear something other than white jerseys at home against a Southeastern Conference team for the first time in nearly 20 years. South Carolina will wear white tops in the relocated game against the No. 7 Tigers (4-0, 2-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, forcing LSU to wear purple jerseys. The Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3) were planning on wearing white tops… Continue reading →

Kickoff time set for 2:30 p.m. as South Carolina to play LSU in Tiger Stadium this Saturday

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier directs his team against North Carolina in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

It’s game on at Tiger Stadium on Saturday. The game between LSU and South Carolina will be played to Baton Rouge in the wake of deadly flooding in Columbia, South Carolina, both schools and the Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday. The game is slated to kick off at 2:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium TV plans are still to be… Continue reading →

Catching Up With No. 7: Leonard Fournette talks South Carolina flooding, LSU’s surprising start

A Minute With Leonard is a new, weekly Q&A series with LSU running back Leonard Fournette. On his way to his second class of the day Tuesday, Leonard Fournette was approached by two freshman girls from New Mexico. “They’re speaking Spanish to me. I’m trying to tell them, ‘I don’t speak Spanish,'” a smiling Fournette said Tuesday night during an impromptu session… Continue reading →

LSU flagged in consecutive weeks for playing without helmet, which Les Miles calls ‘a smart rule’

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Lewis Neal, left, helps cornerback Tre'Davious White push Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney out of bounds on Sept. 26. Neal was penalized for playing after his helmet came off, the first of two such penalties the Tigers have been flagged for this season.

Penalties have plagued LSU this season, some more odd than others. The No. 7 Tigers have committed their fair share of the usual infractions: pre-snap blunders, illegal blocks and defensive pass interferences. But in back-to-back weeks, officials flagged a player for continuing to participate in a play without his helmet. LSU coach Les Miles could… Continue reading →

LSU, John Chavis expected to meet in court for hearing on former defensive coordinator's defamation claims

. About five weeks before they meet on the football field, LSU and former defensive coordinator and current Texas A&M assistant John Chavis will square off in a Baton Rouge courtroom. LSU and Chavis are scheduled for a hearing on Oct. 19 regarding Chavis’ claims that LSU defamed the coach by issuing false information to the media. Jill… Continue reading →

LSU able to host South Carolina Saturday; Columbia plagued by water main breaks

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of LSU showing the track, PMAC, Tiger Stadium and new Alex Box Stadium.

The LSU-South Carolina set for Saturday in flood-ravaged Columbia, South Carolina, could be moved, possibly even to Baton Rouge. Continue reading →

LSU basketball notebook: Sore ankle keeps freshman Ben Simmons out of preseason’s first practice

LSU sports information photo by STEVE FRANZ -- LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones directs his players during the team's first practice of the preseason Monday.

When the LSU men’s basketball team took the floor Monday afternoon for the first full-scale practice of the preseason, there was one notable absence. Freshman forward Ben Simmons, the consensus national player of the year, didn’t participate in the opening practice because of a sore ankle. Also sitting out was junior forward Brian Bridgewater, who injured his leg… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Tigers, South Carolina still plan to play Saturday despite flooding, but monitoring situation

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles walks down Victory Hill for the game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

On Sunday afternoon, Les Miles picked up the phone and called his son, like any concerned parent would. LSU’s football coach didn’t contact Manny, now in his first year as a preferred walk-on at North Carolina, to ask about his grades or classes. Miles called because of the torrential rain and widespread flooding in the area.… Continue reading →

Website: LSU running back Leonard Fournette is biggest Heisman Trophy favorite this early in at least seven years

. LSU running back Leonard Fournette has set a bevy of rushing records through his stunning four-game start. Now, he’s setting new marks for Heisman Trophy odds. Fournette, the Tigers’ sophomore sensation, is now a 1-to-2 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, according to gambling site Bovada. The site says Fournette is the biggest Heisman Trophy favorite this… Continue reading →

No SEC discussions yet, but threat of historic flooding could affect LSU’s game at South Carolina

Flood waters climb up the walls of homes in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The rainstorm drenching the U.S. East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing many roads because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The threat of historic flooding in South Carolina forced South Carolina coaches out of Williams-Brice Stadium, but coach Steve Spurrier said he expects his team’s preparations for Saturday’s game with No. 7 LSU to go on as planned. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT in Columbia, which was inundated by more than a foot of rain… Continue reading →

Film room: LSU's running game takes center stage in its 44-22 victory against Eastern Michigan

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention. (click photos to enlarge) How They Happened (big-play analysis) A good pull: On second-and-10 from the Eastern Michigan 21-yard line, LSU QB Brandon Harris kept the ball on a zone-read play and ran around left end for a 21-yard touchdown.

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  • “I was like, ‘You can’t miss this’ ” — LSU LB Deion Jones, two other Tigers picked off passes in win over Eastern Michigan

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU defensive end Arden Key (49) and LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrate with LSU linebacker Deion Jones (45) after Jones' interception and touchdown against Eastern Michigan, Saturday, October 3, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

    Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback might as well have served the ball to Deion Jones on a silver platter. Under heavy pressure from freshman defensive end Arden Key, Roback rolled to his right and threw a side-armed pass while falling to the Tiger Stadium grass. Jones stepped in front of the intended receiver and took… Continue reading →