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.… 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. MARCUS MARIOTA QUARTERBACK, SO., OREGON The Ducks had to struggle to pull out a 38-31 victory Saturday at Washington State, but in a way, it only… Continue reading →

LSU assistant Angel Elderkin to become coach at Appalachian State

LSU assistant women's basketball coach Angel Elderkin gives directions from the bench

One week away from opening practice, the LSU women’s basketball program finds itself in the market for an assistant coach. Angel Elderkin is leaving LSU to accept the women’s head coaching position at Appalachian State, both schools announced Wednesday. Elderkin joined Nikki Caldwell-Fargas’ first LSU staff as director of video operations during the 2011-12 season, left… Continue reading →

Video: Three questions facing LSU now that freshman Brandon Harris is starting at quarterback

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Malachi Dupre, not pictured, in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In this edition of "The Advocate's LSU Football Show," Advocate sportswriter Ross Dellenger and contributor Bria Turner answer three tough questions facing the LSU football team now that Tigers coach Les Miles has decided to start true freshman Brandon Harris at quarterback. Why was Harris chosen as starter? How does Harris lead LSU to a victory at Auburn… Continue reading →

LSU defense wary of Auburn’s up-tempo offense

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Facing an up-tempo offense like fifth-ranked Auburn runs can present special challenges for opposing defenses, even one as experienced and talented as LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has put on the field in recent years. Under second-year coach Gus Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator when Auburn claimed the BCS national championship in 2010, the Tigers have… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles told the media about freshman Brandon Harris starting at quarterback before his players

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for the first down and more as LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) looks to protect during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU coach Les Miles announced to a group of reporters Monday that freshman Brandon Harris would start this weekend. He didn’t tell many others. Players — including Harris — didn’t know the 15th-ranked Tigers (4-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) were planning to start the rookie at No. 5 Auburn (4-0, 1-0) until Miles told reporters… Continue reading →

LSU report: Tennis’ Chris Simpson loses in ITA qualifying

The LSU men’s tennis team had a tough day at the ITA All-American Championships on Tuesday at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chris Simpson lost to Florida State’s Marco Nunez in the second-round of qualifying in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2. Boris Arias and Justin Butsch fell to Georgia Tech’s Nathan Rakitt and Cole Fiegel… Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger's Twitter Mailbag

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) runs for a first down and almost a touchdown as New Mexico State defensive back Adaryan Jones (19) dives attempting to make the stop during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Cornerback Dwayne Thomas has torn ACL, expected to miss rest of season

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Dwayne Thomas (13) celebrates his fumble recovery from the bad snap late in the 4th quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU lost 34-29.

Dwayne Thomas, LSU’s starting nickelback, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, a source confirmed to The Advocate on Monday. Thomas was injured during the second quarter of LSU’s 63-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday. Coach Les Miles on Monday… Continue reading →

Key matchups for LSU’s trip to Auburn

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Auburn QB Nick Marshall vs. LSU’s linebackers Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott provided a blueprint for piercing the LSU defense. If there’s one quarterback in the Southeastern Conference who has similar mobility to Prescott’s, it’s Marshall. He has thrived in the run game early in possessions this year: The senior has 39 carries for… Continue reading →

SEC West set for trifecta of top-15 matchups on wild Saturday

Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche (4), his brother, celebrate Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch fumbled during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. No. 10 Ole Miss won 24-3. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Three teams from the Southeastern Conference’s powerful Western Division are finally going down. That much is assured Saturday, when six teams ranked in the top 15 clash in an unprecedented day for any division in college football. First, No. 6 Texas A&M visits No. 12 Mississippi State in what will be a sea of maroon and… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Brandon Harris says he has gotten advice from quarterbacks around the country, including Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Malachi Dupre, not pictured, in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Brandon Harris talks to the enemy. Well, anything that helps. Harris has received advice from college quarterbacks from around the nation in the past few weeks, he said. One in particular: Dak Prescott, the Mississippi State quarterback who grew up just a few minutes from Harris in Haughton and the same guy who combined for more… Continue reading →

Auburn’s challenging stretch opens with a visit from LSU

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn claps for his players during the second half as they take on Louisiana Tech  of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers are gearing up for a brutal stretch that could bury their hopes of repeating as Southeastern Conference champions or establish them firmly as national title contenders again. The fifth-ranked Tigers start the parade of games that includes five opponents ranked in the top 15 with No. 15 LSU on Saturday.… Continue reading →

LSU report: Tigers fall to Alabama in volleyball

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Up by three points in the fourth set and hoping to take it to deciding fifth, the LSU volleyball team got into a dogfight with Alabama in a thrilling extra-point affair, with the Crimson Tide pulling out the set and the match 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 35-33) Sunday afternoon in Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa. Hitting the… Continue reading →

LSU football postgame: Tigers 63, New Mexico State 7

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers (18) is taken down by LSU linebacker D.J. Welter (31) as LSU defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (90) comes in to help during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 63-7.

Brandon Harris traded in a headset for a helmet. LSU traded a game-managing sophomore for a gun-slinging freshman. Inserted for a struggling Anthony Jennings, Harris completed his first five passes, threw for 178 yards and sparked the 17th-ranked Tigers to a 63-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night in what may have been a… Continue reading →

LSU moves up to No. 15 in both the coaches, Associated Press polls

LSU head coach Les Miles walks on the field with his team before LSU's win Saturday against New Mexico State.

LSU moved up three spots to No. 15 in the Armway coaches poll and two spots to No. 15 in the Associated Press top 25, both of which were released Sunday. The Tigers are 4-1 after beating New Mexico State 63-7 behind a breakout performance from true freshman quarterback Brandon… Continue reading →

Brandon Harris stars after Anthony Jennings fizzles as LSU storms past New Mexico State 63-7

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) runs for a first down and almost a touchdown as New Mexico State defensive back Adaryan Jones (19) dives attempting to make the stop during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Brandon Harris traded in a headset for a helmet. LSU traded a game-managing sophomore for a gun-slinging freshman. Inserted for a struggling Anthony Jennings, Harris completed his first five passes, threw for 178 yards and sparked the 17th-ranked Tigers to a 63-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night in what may have been… Continue reading →

Malachi Dupre, Brandon Harris highlight strong showing by LSU newcomers

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre  scores on a pass from LSU quarterback Brandon Harris against defender New Mexico State defensive back Kawe Johnson  in the second quarter Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

Malachi Dupre has become friends with Tiger Stadium’s north end zone. It took a few weeks for the gold-painted grass to grow on the freshman wide receiver, though. When Dupre caught a 27-yard strike from rookie quarterback Brandon Harris with 3:59 remaining in the second quarter against New Mexico State on Saturday night, it reminded the… Continue reading →

Notebook: LSU’s defensive tackle depth is challenged again as Frank Herron sits out

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) tumbles into the end zone on his touchdown run in the first quarter against New Mexico State, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU’s defensive tackles took another hit. Redshirt freshman Frank Herron was injured in an off-the-field incident and did not dress out, team spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed before Saturday’s game against New Mexico State. LSU coach Les Miles had said earlier this week that one of LSU’s three redshirt freshman defensive tackles had suffered an injury. He… Continue reading →

LSU 63, New Mexico State 7: Three and out (Brandon Harris edition)

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Mike the Tiger entertains fans outside Tiger Stadium  before the New Mexico State game Saturday.

The LSU quarterback debate may have reached a watershed moment. With Anthony Jennings committing turnovers at an alarming rate and an increasingly agitated (if sparsely populated) Tiger Stadium registering its displeasure, LSU finally inserted Brandon Harris at quarterback with 9:28 left in the second quarter. The rest may be Jennings’ history as a starting… Continue reading →

LSU 63, NMSU 7

Here are the highlights from No. 17 LSU’s 63-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Sometimes, it helps to play a nonconference nobody. After LSU’s 34-29 loss to Mississippi State the previous Saturday, the Tigers needed a game to get… Continue reading →