It has been a long two weeks. Saturday, LSU will play in its biggest game in quite some time. As always, when there is a big game, there is a lot of news to look at. With the game looming tomorrow, today’s gumbo will get you up to date on all of the latest news before kickoff tomorrow.
The talk around the country has been about Tua Tagovailoa’s health and we will get to that in a bit, but LSU has an injury concern of their own. All-American DB Grant Delpit limped off during the Auburn game with a sprained ankle. Delpit practiced on Thursday in a limited capacity and Ed Oregon expects him to be on the field Saturday.
ATVS’ own Zach Junida caught up with the Alabama blog. In the piece they cover everything from past LSU-Alabama games to how the game will play out tomorrow, and of course Tua’s ankle.
The initial CFP rankings were released this week, LSU was ranked 2nd only behind Ohio State and one spot ahead of 3rd ranked Alabama. It is important to take these rankings with a grain of salt. At this point, the CFP rankings don’t mean more than any other poll you may find on the internet.
LSU-Alabama is not the only game on TV this weekend. Adam Henderson has you covered with How To Football Week 11.
The LSU pass rush took a hit earlier in the week when it was announced that Micheal Divinity is no longer with the team. This is an LSU team that has struggled to get to the QB at times this year and Divinity was an experienced leader on this defense. It is not out of the question that Divinity could be back with the team at some point this year.
Saturday is a big day for Joe Burrow’s Heisman chances and maybe even his NFL draft fate. The Advocate ran a nice feature ahead of Saturday’s game that is worth a read.
Last year, the big story following the Bama game was how LSU was dominated in the trenches. Brody Miller of The Athletic ran a piece earlier in the week discussing whether or not LSU has closed the gap on that front ($$$).
There is a different level of optimism heading into this game this year. Glen West of SI wrote about why LSU finally feels like it has unlocked the formula to beat the Tide.
Obviously the main event is on the gridiron this weekend, but the basketball team begins their season tonight in the PMAC. They face a Bowling Green team who is expected to compete for the MAC championship.
For a full SEC basketball primer, ATVS caught up with Team Speed Kills to get you ready for basketball season.