LSU will wear helmet stickers starting with Saturday’s game at Georgia to honor former coach and athletic director Paul Dietzel, sports information director Michael Bonnette said Thursday.
Dietzel died Tuesday in Baton Rouge at the age of 89. The stickers, which will include the initials “PD,” will be on the helmets for the rest of the season, Bonnette said.
Dietzel coached LSU from 1955-61, leading the Tigers to the 1958 national championship and Southeastern Conference title and a second SEC championship in 1961. He was LSU’s athletic director from 1978-82.
Dietzel’s visitation and funeral begins at 9 a.m. Friday at First Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, followed by a private burial.
At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS will broadcast its first LSU game this season. Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) will provide the call.
Danielson weighed in on the nation’s biggest game this week, starting with how he thinks LSU and former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger will perform.
“Zach is a pretty level, unemotional guy before a game, but the coaches need to work and talk it through with him that this game is not Zach Mettenberger against Aaron Murray,” Danielson said.
Danielson said the teams mirror each other in their offensive style but that he thinks LSU will face some challenges.
“This is LSU’s first game this season in a hostile setting,” he said. “Second, Georgia brings an attack that LSU hasn’t seen yet. LSU has been facing finesse spread teams. They are now going to face a team that will challenge their new defensive linemen to stop the run against two talented backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.”
Danielson said Georgia’s defense will be challenged to stop LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
“LSU has the two best receivers in this game,” he said. “They are NFL receivers.”
NCAA: LSU tiger, stadium best
The NCAA may be a popular punching bag, but LSU fans are unlikely to dispute the findings of a recent pair of videos posted on NCAA.com.
One ranked the nation’s five loudest stadiums. Tiger Stadium topped the list, followed by Autzen Stadium (Oregon), Kyle Field (Texas A&M), Camp Randall Stadium (Wisconsin) and Lane Stadium (Virginia Tech).
Another video ranked the nation’s top five live mascots. LSU’s Mike the Tiger (currently Mike VI) topped that list, followed by Ralphie the buffalo (Colorado), Uga the bulldog (Georgia), Peruna the pony (SMU) and Bevo, Texas’ longhorn steer.
Mike VI attended his first game of the season last week when LSU hosted Auburn after refusing to get into his mobile cage for LSU’s first two home games against UAB and Kent State.
The rabid nature with which college football is followed, perhaps it should come as no surprise that there is a website that tracks the headgear picks of ESPN analyst Lee Corso on ESPN’s “College GameDay.”
The show will air from Athens, Ga., on Saturday morning. That means, at the end of the show, Corso will be donning tiger or bulldog mascot headgear to confirm his pick.
Generally speaking, college football fans groan when Corso dons their team’s mascot headgear as a sign of bad luck.
On the contrary, according to CorsoPicks.com. Though Corso is just 2-2 this season, his record overall is 155-73, a respectable .680 winning percentage. A lot more respectable, anyway, than Corso’s career winning percentage of .463 (73-85-6) in his coaching days.
This season, Corso correctly picked North Dakota State to beat Delaware State and Alabama to beat Texas A&M but grabbed the wrong headgear when he chose Georgia to win at Clemson and Notre Dame to win at Michigan.
LSU holds a 16-12-1 lead in its series with Georgia, with a 7-6 edge in Athens. LSU is 5-5-1 vs. the Bulldogs in Tiger Stadium.
LSU’s last trip to Athens was in 2009; the Tigers won 20-13. Three of the past six meetings have come in the SEC Championship Game. LSU leads 2-1 in SEC title tilts with Georgia — including the most recent, a 42-10 victory in 2011.
LSU is going for its 30th straight September win. The last time the Tigers lost in September was a 7-3 defeat Sept. 16, 2006, at Auburn. … LSU hasn’t trailed in its first four games. … Landry has caught at least one touchdown pass in six straight games and eight of the past nine.