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SEC heavyweights not done knocking each other off

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, yells during the first half of a game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Oct, 18, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

All the hand-wringing over the SEC’s near-monopoly of the top 5 might well prove a moot point. The Southeastern Conference will take care of the matter internally since nobody heaps more abuse on league teams than the SEC itself. In the SEC West, No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 3 Ole Miss, No. 4 Alabama and No.… Continue reading →

The other side: Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson returns an interception for a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver James Butler gives chase during a Sept. 13 game.

Why he’s good Take one peek at the Southeastern Conference interception totals, and one name stands out immediately. Ole Miss senior cornerback Senquez Golson has been a takeaway machine for a Rebels pass defense that leads the conference with 15 interceptions. Golson has seven of those 15 picks. The next-highest interception total in the SEC is… Continue reading →

It's official: Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is the starter with the Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger warms up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday and feels this is… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott

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. DAK PRESCOTT, QB, Mississippi State Open dates are never a plus for a player’s Heisman candidacy, which is very much a what-have-you-done-lately award. But Prescott’s hopes are definitely bolstered by the fact… Continue reading →

LSU receivers on high alert for Ole Miss’ stout secondary

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural gets behind the Wisconsin secondary on his 80-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Anthony Jennings during the Tigers' season-opening win over Wisconsin at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Every LSU player seems to know the number: 15. That’s how many passes Ole Miss has intercepted through seven games, a stat that leads the nation. “I see a bunch of ball hawks, guys who fly around to the ball,” receiver Travin Dural said of the Rebels defensive backs. No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern) travels to Baton… Continue reading →

AP college picks: Michigan, Tennessee out to reverse ugly trends against rivals

Associated Press photo by TONY DING -- Michigan wide receiver Da'Mario Jones and teammates celebrate with fans in the student section of Michigan Stadium after the Wolverines' 18-13 win over Penn State last week.

The history and geography say rivalry games. Recent results suggest lopsided matchups. Tennessee hosts No. 4 Alabama on Saturday in a classic Southeastern Conference rivalry that the Crimson Tide has owned recently, winning seven straight. Michigan goes to No. 8 Michigan State in a rivalry that has flipped toward the Spartans, who have won five of six against the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Saturday's Ole Miss at LSU game could be a classic ... for those who stay

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

Notes on a golf scorecard from the endangered species that is the LSU Golf Course … … It’s a sad state of affairs when LSU coach Les Miles has to beg LSU football fans to come early and stay late for Saturday’s Ole Miss game, even to the point Monday where he invited them to bring food.… Continue reading →

Podcast: The last few games for LSU could determine its direction in recruiting

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) signals touchdown as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) runs the punt back for a score as LSU wide receiver John Diarse (9) protects during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

In this "Advocate Sports: Recruiting" podcast, Advocate contributor William Weathers talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about how LSU is constantly evaluating its recruiting needs and targets as its season progresses, and if one area of the team underperforms or has injuries then it could force the team to recruit players to that spot. Continue reading →

LSU safety Jamal Adams has been making crushing blocks, tackles for years

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety Jamal Adams celebrates with teammate John Battle after the the Tigers defeated Florida 30-27 on Oct. 11.

Tre’Davious White awoke Sunday morning with a text message from LSU safety Jamal Adams. The message included a photo of Adams crushing Kentucky safety A.J. Stamps on a peelback block last Saturday that sprung White for a 67-yard touchdown on a punt return. “You’re welcome,” the message read with a smiley face attached. Adams’ smashing shot… Continue reading →

Ole Miss relies on tough defense for its rise toward top of SEC

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Ole Miss defensive end Marquis Haynes jars the ball loose from Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley during last week’s game in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels face LSU on Saturday.

Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Ole Miss’ defense has been this season. But it’s certainly a good place to start. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up just 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the… Continue reading →

LSU’s backfield is catching on recently as the team's most-used receivers

LSU fullback Melvin Jones (49) is run out of bounds on the 3-yard line by Florida linebacker Michael Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. LSU won the game 30-27. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LSU’s running backs and fullbacks are slowly becoming the team’s most-used receivers. No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) enters Saturday night’s game against No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0) having completed as many passes to receivers (eight) as it has backs over the past two weeks. The Tigers’ passing problems — they’re in… Continue reading →

Key matchups: Ole Miss at LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a first down during the first half at Florida on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Gainesville.

LSU safety Jamal Adams vs. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace Ole Miss won’t come into Tiger Stadium on Saturday night with any secrets: The Rebels like to throw the ball. Ole Miss has the No. 3 passing offense in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 282 yards through the air. Wallace,… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: ‘College GameDay’ is Baton-Rouge bound for Ole Miss game

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a defensive stop agasint Kentucky, during the first half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming back to Baton Rouge. The network’s Saturday morning pregame show will broadcast live from LSU’s campus before the Tigers meet No. 3 Ole Miss at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN. The show will set up on the LSU Parade Grounds. GameDay is making its 10th trip to Baton Rouge in… Continue reading →

Less flash, but more wins for Ole Miss and QB Bo Wallace

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze knows quarterback Bo Wallace can throw for 300 or even close to 400 yards on just about any night. After all, Wallace has done it before. But the Rebels don’t need that right now. “Until something changes, we’re going to play to the strength of… Continue reading →

With Ole Miss’ stout run defense up next, Tigers’ passing game continues to struggle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) leaves the field, checking the replay on the stadium scoreboard after an unsuccessful third down in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Several people came to Anthony Jennings’ side three weeks ago when the Tiger Stadium crowd rained boos down on LSU’s sophomore quarterback during his rough outing against New Mexico State. Former coaches, his parents, teammates and friends. One person stood out among the group: Matt Flynn. The ex-LSU quarterback called Jennings to offer… Continue reading →

They're back: LSU returns to the rankings at No. 23 in the coaches poll, No. 24 in the AP Top 25 poll

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) busts up the middle for good yardage during the 4th quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 41-3.

LSU has returned to the top 25. The Tigers, absent from the polls for two weeks, are No. 23 in the latest coaches poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press top 25, both released Sunday. LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) has rebounded from an 0-2 conference hole to win two straight… Continue reading →

LSU Postgame: Tigers 41, Kentucky 3

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Terrence Magee breaks up the middle through the Kentucky defense  Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

. Bradley Dale Peveto, LSU’s normally jolly, talkative special teams coordinator, stood near the goal posts at the north end of Tiger Stadium and had trouble speaking. Oh yes – this was something special. LSU’s special teams unit followed a bumbling performance at Florida last week with a stunning display Saturday night. The group… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Colby Delahoussaye kicks his way into the LSU record book

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye (42) kicks a PAT against Kentucky during the second half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU sophomore kicker Colby Delahoussaye, a former walk-on, added his name — at least temporarily — to the school’s record book Saturday night in the 41-3 win over Kentucky when he connected on a 21-yard field goal with 7:30 left in the first quarter. Delahoussaye went into the game 18-of-19 in field goals for his career. He needed one… Continue reading →

Bradley Dale Peveto’s crew turns in something special as LSU manhandles Kentucky 41-3

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Tre'Davious White (16) is all alone in the last yards of his 67-yard  first-quarter punt return for a  touchdown, accompanied by wingmen John Diarse (9) and Donnie Alexander (48), on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Baton Rouge.

Bradley Dale Peveto, LSU’s normally jolly, talkative special teams coordinator, stood near the goal posts at the north end of Tiger Stadium and had trouble speaking. Oh, yes. This was something special. LSU’s special teams followed a bumbling performance at Florida last week with a stunning display Saturday night. The group ignited a big early… Continue reading →

Bo Wallace guides No. 3 Rebels past Vols 34-3

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) is pressured by Mississippi defensive end Carlos Thompson (54) as he attempts a pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. — Bo Wallace threw two touchdown passes, and No. 3 Ole Miss had another dominating defensive performance in a 34-3 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night. Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) fell behind 3-0 early in the second quarter, but scored the next 34 points. With a relatively easy win, the Rebels… Continue reading →