LSU notebook: ‘College GameDay’ is Baton-Rouge bound for Ole Miss game _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a defensive stop agasint Kentucky, during the first half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming back to Baton Rouge.

The network’s Saturday morning pregame show will broadcast live from LSU’s campus before the Tigers meet No. 3 Ole Miss at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN. The show will set up on the LSU Parade Grounds.

GameDay is making its 10th trip to Baton Rouge in its history. That’s the most of any Southeastern Conference team outside of Florida (12). This will be the show’s first trip to Baton Rouge since coming before LSU’s 2012 game against then-No. 1 Alabama.

The Tigers have lost the last three times “GameDay” has been in Baton Rouge, all coming against No. 1 teams (2012 to Alabama, 2009 to Florida, 2008 to Alabama).

LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) has won two straight after falling into an 0-2 hole in conference play. The Tigers throttled Kentucky 41-3 on Saturday night, the Tigers’ second-worst beating of the Wildcats in the 57-game series.

The No. 3 Rebels (7-0, 4-0) whipped Tennessee 34-3 on Saturday night.

The visit comes less than a month after the show’s guest picker — singer Katy Perry — took a shot at LSU with a corn dog stunt. Perry was the guest picker on the Oct. 4 edition of the show that broadcast live from Ole Miss’ campus.

She picked Auburn to beat LSU that day and poked fun at the Tigers. “GameDay” invites a different guest picker each week, many times a celebrity tied to the school. The guest picker is normally kept secret until late in the week.

Adams ‘electric’

Of all the people who praised LSU freshman safety Jamal Adams after Saturday’s victory against Kentucky, it was the rookie’s coach whose description was the most accurate.

“He’s electric,” Les Miles said in his postgame news conference.

Adams flew to the football in Tiger Stadium, moving into a permanent safety role with junior safety Jalen Mills transitioning to the nickelback spot often for the injured Dwayne Thomas. The rookie defensive back finished second on the Tigers defense with eight tackles, including his first career sack.

“He’s a responsible, want-to-be-in-it, big-time player with ball skills and speed,” Miles said. “Jamal is a communicator in the secondary and on the field with great effort and energy. Those kind of leaders are instrumental in developing a real quality team.”

After playing in all of the Tigers’ first eight games, Adams said he’s now more than comfortable performing in defensive coordinator John Chavis’ system.

Adams has registered 37 tackles this season, including 19 total in LSU’s past three contests against Auburn, Florida and Kentucky. Considering LSU has surrendered only 523 yards in its past two games, it’s safe to say Adams’ impact is being felt.

“I feel I’m doing well out there,” Adams said. “I’m doing everything I can for the team. I’m not being selfish. A lot of guys come in and want to start, but I’m just playing my role.”

They’re back

The Tigers’ two-week absence from the Top 25 ended Sunday. LSU is ranked No. 23 in the coaches poll and No. 24 in The Associated Press Top 25.

LSU fell from the rankings for the first time in nearly six years after the 41-7 loss to Auburn, the team’s worst defeat in 15 years.


LSU moved to 44-4 under Miles when having a running back run for 100-plus yards. … LSU’s defense didn’t record a turnover for the first time this season in the win over Kentucky.