Tiger Stadium was ranked as the best college football stadium along with the best game day atmosphere, in a poll conducted by Athlon Sports that was released Monday.

In a poll of 15 college football experts, LSU easily outpaced Ohio State (Ohio Stadium) as the best in college football.

Oregon’s Autzen Stadium, Texas A&M’s Kyle Field and Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium rounded out the top five.

Tiger Stadium finished with 120 of a possible 150 points and appeared on 13 of the 15 ballots. LSU finished with seven first-place votes. Voters were asked to rank stadiums from 1 to 10 with a first-place vote being worth 10 points.

Southeastern Louisiana

QB Bennett on PAYTON AWARD watch List: In Hammond, Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett is one of 20 student-athletes named to the watch list for the 28th Walter Payton Award, which is awarded to the outstanding player of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Bennett is one of nine quarterbacks on the list. The reigning Southland Conference Player of the Year is coming off a junior campaign in which he was fourth in the nation with 4,211 total yards, helping the Lions to a conference title.


Ceaser Named to preseason Hornung Award List: In Monroe, University of Louisiana at Monroe wide receiver Rashon Ceaser has been named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award. The award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football (Football Bowl Subdivision).

Last season, the Clinton native was named second team All-Sun Belt after he led the Warhawks in both receptions (65) and receiving yards (964), while finishing tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions (five).


CB DOSS ON BEDNARIK WATCH LIST: Standout cornerback Lorenzo Doss picked up where he left off last season when it comes to awards as he was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list as one of the top defensive players in the nation.

Doss finished the 2013 campaign second in Conference USA in interceptions per game (0.5) and third in passes defensed per outing (1.2), while ranking fourth and 22nd nationally in the respective categories.