Come with food and stay late.
That’s LSU coach Les Miles’ plea to fans ahead of the Tigers’ prime-time showdown with No. 3 Ole Miss on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
“We would expect that the fans and those people that file into Tiger Stadium would come, bring food so that you can stay long and stay through the fourth quarter,” Miles said Monday at his weekly news conference. “Make some noise!”
Miles’ bid to fans comes a few days after several thousand fans left in the third quarter of the Tigers’ 41-3 drubbing of Kentucky on Saturday. The LSU student section, as pictured on the SEC Network’s telecast, was roughly half-empty midway through the third quarter.
The Tigers will need it loud this weekend.
No. 24 LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) is a 31/2-point underdog against No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0). It’s just the fifth time under Miles that the Tigers have been a home underdog and the first since 2009 to a team not named Alabama, according to Covers.com.
How rare is this? LSU hasn’t been an underdog at home to a team outside of Florida or Alabama since a 2000 game against Mississippi State.
The school announced that Saturday’s 6:15 p.m. kick is a sellout. Newly expanded Tiger Stadium seats 102,321. An attendance north of 100,000 was announced for the Kentucky game, but few remained in the waning seconds of the third quarter.
That has been a recent trend at Tiger Stadium. Asked about it Monday, Miles said he isn’t “irritated” by fans leaving early.
“Only thing I can tell you is that if you have tickets, the back end of these games is worthwhile staying for,” he said. “It’s, in my opinion, an event. It’s a wonderful place to spend an evening. Irritated has never been my issue. I promise you, I’m as excited as I could be through the back end of those games, and those games that are 41-3, I’m good with that, too. Doesn’t bother me a lick, and I’m going to stay all the way through.”
Asking the SEC
For at least the second time this season, LSU is sending video footage of a certain play to the SEC office.
Kentucky receiver Dorian Baker’s comeback block on LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith is the latest sequence the LSU staff is sending to Birmingham for review. Beckwith, chasing UK QB Patrick Towles, is blindsided by Baker on the play. The hit sent Beckwith’s mouthpiece flying through the air.
There was no flag thrown for targeting.
“We sent that in. I think that’s something that the conference is looking at,” Miles said. “I know this: We had a like position in (safety) Jamal Adams. Jamal Adams made a nice block at the hip, and that’s technically exactly what we want to have happen.”
Miles was referring to the blind-side block Adams made on UK junior safety A.J. Stamps during Tre’Davious White’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.
LSU sent in video of Mississippi State center Dillon Day stomping LSU players during the loss to the Bulldogs in September. The league suspended Day for the next game.
Valentine remains out
LSU freshman defensive tackle Travonte Valentine, a highly rated prospect from Florida, did not warm up with the team on the field before the Kentucky game, Miles said.
There were multiple reports that Valentine was dressed out and warming up with the team. Valentine has not been ruled eligible by the SEC. The NCAA has cleared him, though.
Ole Miss center may be out
Ole Miss center Ben Still is questionable for the Rebels’ game against LSU, The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi, reported.
Still missed most of the second half of Ole Miss’ 34-3 win against Tennessee on Saturday with a sprained MCL in his knee. Coach Hugh Freeze called his status questionable.
The junior is in his first season as Ole Miss’ starter, doing so in all seven games so far.
If Still is not available, Freeze said redshirt sophomore Robert Conyers will play the position. Conyers has been playing both tackle and center this season.