Blue confident as season opener approaches
Apparently, LSU football games aren’t the only things that get moved because of ESPN.
West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson said on his Twitter account Wednesday night that his commitment announcement will be pushed back from Friday to Wednesday so ESPN can cover the event live.
Robinson (6-foot-5, 330 pounds), is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 prospect by 24/7 Sports, No. 2 by Scout and No. 3 by ESPN and Rivals.
Robinson’s choice will apparently be LSU or Alabama, with 24/7 Sports predicting that he will choose the Crimson Tide.
Blue ‘100 percent confident’
Nearly a full year out from the knee injury that cost him the last 10 games of the 2012 season, senior tailback Alfred Blue said he’s ready to “explode” Saturday in No. 12 LSU’s season opener against No. 20 TCU in the Cowboys Classic (8 p.m., ESPN).
“Sitting out the whole year I’ve got a lot of energy I want to let out that first game,” Blue said.
Blue said through LSU’s month of preseason practices he feels like he never had a knee injury.
“In the spring, I was kind of cautious,” he said. “But going through the summer workout plan and in camp I’m 100 percent confident. I don’t worry about my knee; I just go out and practice and do what’s asked of me.”
Claiborne, James to appear
Former LSU and current Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne will appear at an event and sign autographs before Saturday’s game.
Claiborne will be at the first stop of the Nissan Heisman House Tour at 5 p.m. The tour stop will be located at the southeast corner of AT&T Stadium near the intesection of Cowboys Way and Legends Way.
Former LSU Tigers and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James will sign autographs before Saturday’s game near AT&T Stadium as part of the Allstate “Tailgate Tour,” located west of the stadium across from the corner of Collins and Slaughter streets.
James, a free agent, will be signing autographs from 5-6 p.m.
At the Allstate tour stop, fans can register to win a trip to the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.
At the Heisman House, fans can have their photo taken with the Heisman Trophy.
Advocate on the road
The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram won’t be the only newspapers being distributed Saturday morning in the Metroplex.
Saturday’s edition of The Advocate will be available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at the following locations, courtesy of Manda: the Omni Fort Worth (LSU team hotel), Worthington Renaissance (Fort Worth), Marriott DFW Airport South (Fort Worth), the Warwick Melrose (Dallas), The Joule (Dallas) and the Ritz-Carlton (Dallas).
Tigers all time
LSU enters its 120th season of football with an all-time record of 743-393-47 for a winning percentage of .648.
The Tigers rank 11th among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in victories and 13th in winning percentage. Since 2010, LSU has the fifth-best winning percentage at 34-6 (.850).
Crunching the numbers
2-0 … LSU’s record in AT&T Stadium with wins over Texas A&M 41-24 in the 2011 Cotton Bowl and 40-27 over Oregon in the 2011 Cowboys Classic.
19-1 … LSU’s record under Les Miles after a loss.
34-17 … LSU’s record against ranked teams under Miles.
65 … Consecutive number of weeks the Tigers have been ranked in The Associated Press Top 25, the nation’s second-longest streak behind only Alabama.
Making the call
ESPN’s Saturday night prime time crew of Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) will call the game.
Cox Sports Television will show the game tape-delayed starting Sunday night. Lyn Rollins (play-by-play), Greg Bowser (analyst) and Ronnie Rantz (sideline reporter) will call the game for CST.
This will be the final season for CST replays of LSU games. Starting next season, all LSU games will be shown on the SEC Network, which debuts next August.