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  • No. 6 LSU remembers why it must respect Louisiana Tech

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU and coach Ed Orgeron need look back no further than last season for lessons about why the sixth-ranked Tigers should take Louisiana Tech seriously.Troy, a mid-major from the Sun Belt Conference, invaded Death Valley and celebrated a signature victory over a 2017 LSU team that wasn't all that bad. After all, the Tigers went on to win nine games last season.Now the Bulldogs (2-0), who've been one of the better teams in Conference USA for several years runn...

  • No. 6 LSU buoyed by Burrow's intangibles, if not his stats

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Joe Burrow's pedestrian completion percentage and passing totals might be more of an issue if sixth-ranked LSU were losing.For now, the Tigers' transfer quarterback appears to get more criticism from himself than anyone else at LSU. Coaches and teammates rave about Burrow's mentality, football IQ, toughness, leadership and other intangibles."He's 3-0 as our quarterback.

  • Saints working to diversify Brees' passing options

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton preaches the importance of self-scouting to avoid predictable patterns.That could be one reason why he doesn't expect quarterback Drew Brees to keep throwing to receiver Michael Thomas quite as often as he has through the season's first two weeks, when Thomas has racked up more receptions than the rest of New Orleans' receivers and tight ends combined."Part of it is just, here we are, two weeks in," began Payton, whose tea...

  • Payton says Saints' last-ranked run game not in 'crisis'

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton said it's too early to judge New Orleans' last-ranked running game.New Orleans managed only 43 yards rushing on 13 attempts in a Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, but Payton said that was more about the nature of a game because the Saints had to lean on the pass after falling behind. And though the coach was more critical of the running game following the Saints 21-18 victory over Cleveland, he stressed: "We're talking about one game h...

  • No. 6 LSU, coach suddenly adjusting to favored status

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As much as LSU coach Ed Orgeron urges his players to "block out the noise," the reality is inescapable.The Tigers have indeed used their underdog status as emotional fuel in a pair of upsets of top-10 teams in the first three weeks of the season. Now that they're ranked sixth in the Top 25, they'll have to get used to playing as favorites — this week against Louisiana Tech and perhaps until current No.

  • AP Top 25 Heat Check: Should LSU be No. 1 in rankings?

    LSU should be No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.Yes, that is a thing you could argue after three weeks of the season. None of the 61 members of the AP Top 25 media panel held that opinion Sunday, but the Tigers did make a big leap from No.

  • Trojans romp Tarpons, 38-6

    The South Lafourche/Central Lafourche rivalry, historically, has belonged to the Tarpons. But recent results show that there may be a local changing of the guard.The Trojans beat the Tarpons 38-6 on Friday night, their third-straight victory in the annual rivalry series between the teams.Coach Keith Menard said the win was a good one for his team, adding that the Trojans played well in all three phases to secure the victory.“It was a good night for our football team in all three phases,&rd...

  • AP Top 25: LSU jumps to No. 6; Wisconsin tumbles from top 10

    LSU surged to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll after its second victory of September against a highly ranked team, and Wisconsin tumbled to No. 18 after becoming the first top-10 team to be upset by an unranked team.Top-ranked Alabama strengthened its hold on No.

  • Browns feisty even as winless streak continues vs. Saints

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Browns were just a kick away.Well, maybe a few kicks, not to mention a defensive penalty that revived a New Orleans touchdown drive, as well as an interception that set up another Saints score in the waning minutes.Even with all those critical, untimely mistakes, Cleveland could have forced overtime if Zane Gonzalez had managed to compartmentalize an earlier missed field goal — and two missed extra points — when he lined up for a 52-yard try in the final ...

  • Cole Tracy 42-yard last-second field goal stuns Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron insisted he had no doubt Cole Tracy would make the winning kick, but setting it up was quite the adventure.Tracy kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play to give No. 12 LSU a 22-21 victory over No.

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