Why the Texas A&M game just became super important for LSU

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‘Croot’ dates

Two of the top recruits in Louisiana have locked in the dates they’ll be making their official visits to LSU and, surprise surprise, they’re coming together.

Five-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. and 4-star quarterback Justin Rogers will both be making their official visits to watch LSU play Texas A&M on Nov. 25. The pair of Parkway High School teammates are respectively the No. 1 and No. 3 prospects in Louisiana and are two of LSU’s primary targets this recruiting cycle.

Rogers, thought to be the top quarterback on LSU’s board, committed to TCU over LSU in May. He also has an official visit scheduled to TCU. Wherever he signs, he’ll end up making the decision quickly. Rogers plans on signing as part of the early signing period, meaning he can sign with LSU between Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 and enroll as a student in January.

Marshall is expected to announce his college decision on Dec. 22. He is uncommitted.

The Texas A&M game was always going to matter. These two teams don’t like each other very much, and there’s a chance they’ll be competing for leverage to go to a better bowl game. But welcoming in the two decorated Parkway players that weekend amplifies how big this game will be. Getting one of these guys would be great. Getting both would be a huge win for coach Ed Orgeron and his recruiting staff.

Your weekly LSU football poll question

In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Wednesday, I asked you to give me your opinions on Les Miles returning to Tiger Stadium this Saturday. Based off your votes, the hatchet has been buried.

In a landslide unprecedented in Bayou Bengal Briefing history, 84 percent of voters said Les Miles should receive a standing ovation upon returning to Death Valley. Another 13 percent voted in favor of light cheering.

That leaves only 3 percent of voters who picked either silence or boos.

I’m not surprised fans aren’t angry at Miles anymore. Time heals all wounds and all those clichés. But for fans to be this outwardly supportive of Miles this soon after his firing, that’s impressive. The man was run out of town 13 months ago and now is being welcome back gladly.

This is a testament to the forgiving power of humanity. And maybe how likable Miles is.

Injury updates

What’s going on with LSU health-wise? Here are the latest updates, as far as we can glean:

  • Offensive tackles K.J. Malone and Toby Weathersby missed practice for the third day in a row Wednesday. Freshman Saahdiq Charles and sophomore Adrian Magee earned first-team reps in their absence.
  • Fullback J.D. Moore and safety John Battle were the only position players in non-contact gold jerseys Wednesday. This means, for the first time in two weeks, linebacker Corey Thompson was upgraded to full contact.
  • Rashard Lawrence returned to the field in a full-contact jersey after missing practice Tuesday.

Adding insult to insult?

Remember Troy? The team that upset LSU not two weeks ago? Yeah. The Trojans  lost to South Alabama on Wednesday night.

Yep. LSU fans can’t even use the solace that Troy is a Sun Belt powerhouse anymore. It was South Alabama’s second win of 2017. The Jaguars’ only other win came against FCS squad Alabama A&M. Any way you slice it, this was not a good loss for Troy. And, by proxy, an awful outcome for LSU.

The past is the past. I get it. But Mississippi State went from great team to afterthought in two weeks after beating LSU. Now, Troy loses at home to South Alabama. It’s not looking good for the teams that built LSU. Not in the slightest.

Watch me, watch me

Every Wednesday, fellow SEC Country LSU reporter Alex Hickey and I post a weekly Sound Off video breaking down the three biggest storylines in LSU football for the week. This week, we talked offensive line injuries, defensive line depth and getting revenge against Auburn.

You can watch the full video below. Please do.

Hall of Fame honoree Leonard Fournette

He’s only four games into his NFL career, but former LSU running back Leonard Fournette is already being memorialized in Canton, Ohio.

That’s right. The Jacksonville Jaguars are sending Fournette’s jersey from his 181-yard performance Sunday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s the youngest player to ever break a 90-yard run in an NFL game, which is impressive. But if Canton gets a jersey every time Fournette busts off a long run, that place is going to turn into the Leonard Fournette Museum real quick.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Oct. 12 is “ National Gumbo Day.” So, Louisiana, it’s our day. Let’s not squander it with any more words. Go make some gumbo. I don’t care if it’s the morning. You’ve earned it.

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