ESPN’s “College GameDay” crew may not be able to get enough of No. 1-ranked LSU.
The Oct. 8 LSU-Florida game is one of several being considered as a live site for the popular pregame program, according to Rachel Margolis, ESPN senior publicist for college sports.
A decision on where “College GameDay” will be broadcast from won’t come until Saturday or Sunday, Margolis said.
ESPN has already brought the program to two LSU road games: the Tigers’ Sept. 3 game in Arlington, Texas, against Oregon and last Saturday’s game at West Virginia.
Night and day
Since 1960, LSU is 220-60-4 in night games at Tiger Stadium and 24-25-3 during the day.
That would seem to be an edge for the Kentucky Wildcats (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference), which visits Tiger Stadium on Saturday for an 11:21 a.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.
Given that No. 1 LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) will also be there, though, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips isn’t counting on it.
“I don’t consider it any type of advantage,” Phillips said during Wednesday’s SEC coaches conference call. “I don’t consider it any type of advantage to play a team like LSU.”
LSU coach Les Miles said he expects Tiger Stadium to be as big an edge for his team in the daylight as it is in the dark.
“There is an enjoyment to playing in Tiger Stadium at night, no question. But there is an advantage to playing in the daytime as well,” said Miles, who is 8-4 in day home games.
“I think our guys will be fired up and I don’t think there will be a difference in the crowd.”
Few tickets remain
Less than 200 tickets remained as of Wednesday afternoon for the LSU-Kentucky game, according to LSU athletic ticket manager Brian Broussard.
Broussard said the tickets are in scattered locations throughout the stadium.
The LSU Athletic Ticket Office will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, Broussard said. Gates to Tiger Stadium will open at 9 a.m.
The 'home’ league
Miles said during the SEC teleconference that he believes adding Texas A&M can help the conference become preeminent in the state of Texas.
“Where were just outside the borders, now I think we will be the home conference for the state of Texas,” Miles said. “Now there’s a strong likelihood that a greater number of guys will look at the SEC.”
Miles is concerned that at least for now the SEC will have 13 members, seven of them in the SEC West. That raises the possibility that not everyone in the West will play each other.
“That’s not right,” Miles said. “If you’re naming a division champion you want a chance to play the guys in your division.”
Kentucky is coming off a 48-10 blowout loss to Florida in Lexington, a game in which the Wildcats managed just 299 yards total offense.
Asked if he see’s similarities between the LSU and Florida defenses, Phillips gave the edge to the Tigers.
“This team gives you a lot more different looks,” Phillips said, “different pressures, different fronts. They do have a lot of similar personnel, but this team we’re about to play is probably more physical.
“Not that Florida isn’t physical, but this team is really big up front and tries to bloody your nose. That’s the way football is played, and they do a good job of it.”
LSU is a 30-point favorite over Kentucky, which is last in the SEC in scoring offense (17.0 points per game) and has scored a conference-low eight touchdowns.
UK’s Clemons to play
Kentucky running back Josh Clemons is expected to play Saturday despite suffering a hamstring injury against Florida, Phillips said.
Clemons was limited to three carries for 7 yards against the Gators and one reception for 9 yards, all in the first quarter.
Clemons leads the Wildcats with 200 yards rushing on 40 carries and two TDs. He set a UK freshman record with an 87-yard TD run Sept. 10 against Central Michigan.
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