LSU announced Monday that its Oct. 22 game against Auburn in Tiger Stadium will kick off at 2:39 p.m. and be televised by CBS.
That will be the third consecutive Tigers game played on CBS in the afternoon time slot, following Saturday’s game against Florida in Tiger Stadium and this week’s game at Tennessee.
The move means LSU will not play an Southeastern Conference game at home at night this season, the first time that has occurred since 1935. The Tigers’ first SEC home game, against Kentucky on Oct. 1, kicked off at 11:21 a.m. to TV, and their regular-season finale against Arkansas on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) will kick off at 1:30 p.m. to accommodate CBS.
LSU opened its home schedule with a nonconference game against Northwestern State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10. Kickoff for the Tigers’ other nonconference home game - against Western Kentucky on Nov. 12 - has not been set.
Lonergan status uncertain
The status of center P.J. Lonergan, who had a walking cast on his left foot Monday, is uncertain. Lonergan left last week’s game after spraining his ankle and did not return.
“We will see where he’s at in the next few days,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “The good news is it doesn’t appear to be a very bad ankle sprain.”
Guard T-Bob Hebert replaced Lonergan and is expected to start if Lonergan can’t play.
Despite his team’s worst loss to LSU in 40 years Saturday (41-11), Florida running back Trey Burton said after the game that the Tigers secondary wasn’t all that special.
“They’re not as good as advertised,” Burton told reporters. “I think the D-linemen and front seven are really, really good.”
The comment apparently irritated LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who offered a cutting counterpoint to Burton on his Twitter account Sunday.
“I love the fact that Trey Burton from Florida opens his mouth and (says) OUR SECONDARY is not good, lol Boy you are Soft as cotton!” Mathieu’s tweet said.
Asked Monday about Burton’s comment, Mathieu was less confrontational.
“I definitely was surprised (at Burton’s comments),” he said. “I’ve got to watch what I say. I’ll be smarter next time.”
Two for the show
LSU punter Brad Wing was asked tons of questions Monday about his fake-punt touchdown that was called back when he was flagged for taunting Saturday. Wing apologized again for his actions, blaming them on his excitement over the chance to score.
That excitement started the moment Chase Clement - one of the three personal protectors lined up between Wing and the center - saw the Gators were retreating into punt coverage.
“Chase said, ?They’re not coming at all.’ Only me and Chase knew what was going on,” Wing said.
It was then up to Wing whether to kick or run. Both he and Miles said the play wasn’t called from the sideline.
Wing is hopeful he’ll have another opportunity to score this season, but knows it will be difficult.
“Teams have seen it now, and I’m sure they’ll be looking for it,” he said. “But hopefully I have a chance to get it in the end zone again.”
SEC honors Blackwell
LSU guard Will Blackwell was named the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Florida. Blackwell, a senior, played every snap and had a team-high 10 knockdowns.
Blackwell did not allow a sack and helped as LSU ran for a season-high 238 yards against a defense that was yielding an average of 90.0 rushing yards per game.