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  • No. 12 LSU, No. 7 Auburn in pivotal SEC West showdown

    Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season:GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Auburn: LSU's the lower-ranked team, but has won eight of the last 11 meetings in this series.

  • Saints' Payton focuses on accountability after stunning loss

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton spent the first part of Monday urging players and his own coaching staff to acknowledge everything they did wrong heading into a surprising season-opening loss to Tampa Bay."Today's a tough day in our league, obviously, after a loss like that," Payton said. "It wasn't a good tape.

  • No. 12 LSU unhappy with passing game as No. 7 Auburn looms

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Preseason talk about LSU relying more on its passing game this season has transitioned into a search for explanations about why that hasn't happened during the 12th-ranked Tigers' first two games.New quarterback Joe Burrow has completed fewer than half of his pass attempts for 291 yards so far. LSU might be in trouble if not for the emergence of senior running back Nick Brossette, who has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in victories over Miami and Southeastern Lo...

  • Trojans win thriller, while Tarpons struggle against rival

    The beautiful thing about sports is that whether you’re a 70-year-fan or a youngster attending your first-ever game, there’s always that chance that you’ll see something you’ve never seen before that leaves you in awe.Just ask the folks who attended Central Lafourche’s game with Carver on Friday night. They were witnesses to one of the wildest, craziest finishes in the history of the Trojans football program.Carver led the Trojans 18-15 late in the fourth quarter an...

  • Saints defense humbled by Buccaneers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore sat on the turf with his hands on his knees, disconsolate as he watched Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans coast into the end zone after beating him for a 50-yard touchdown.It was a stark contrast to last November, when Evans caught one pass for 13 yards and received a one-game suspension after blindsiding Lattimore during a scuffle in the Saints' 30-10 victory at the Superdome.This time, the Buccaneers' offense socked t...

  • No. 11 LSU struggles in stints, defeats SE Louisiana 31-0

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly a third of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow's yards passing came on a heave up for grabs as time expired in the first half.Tigers receiver Stephen Sullivan rose up and snagged it over a crowd of players and held on to the 40-yard touchdown catch as his helmet popped off.That play was indicative of how No. 11 LSU beat Southeastern Louisiana by a convincing 31-0 score on Saturday night.

  • Dauphine romps as Tulane rolls over Nicholl State 42-17

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Corey Dauphine broke free for two long scoring sprints in the first half and Tulane rolled over Nicholls State 42-17 on Saturday night.Dauphine, who finished with 152 yards on six carries, rushed for 107 yards and two scores on just two carries in the first half. Dauphine got loose for scores of 38 and 69 yards in successive possessions to give Tulane a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.Nicholls, coming off a 26-23 upset of Kansas in overtime last week, closed to 28-...

  • Saints set to add Smith, Meredith to potent passing game

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints record-setting quarterback Drew Brees has his three most productive receiving targets back from last season — and then some.The addition of free agent Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre'Quan Smith, combined with the four-game suspension of 2017 rushing leader Mark Ingram, has set the stage for the Saints to revert to a more pass-heavy attack — if they choose.Last season, Brees' 4,334 yards passing were his fewest as a Saint, but that could be at...

  • AP Top 25 Heat Check: Auburn, Boise State are under-ranked

    The worst part of college football's week one overreactions is that they linger.Texas can't make up for losing to Maryland by beating Tulsa this week. Michigan fans won't feel better about their team's loss to Notre Dame if the Wolverines pound Western Michigan at the Big House. Trouncing FCS teams is not making those ugly openers fade away for Florida State and Miami fans.The first regular season Top 25 is out and the voters had to weigh overreacting to openers against trying to...

  • No. 11 LSU loses top pass rusher Chaisson for the season

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says edge pass rusher K'Lavon Chaisson will miss the rest if the season because of a knee injury during a season-opening victory over Miami.Chaisson was a prized 2017 recruit who played often as a freshman reserve and entered his sophomore campaign as the team's premier pass-rushing outside linebacker. He had one sack in a 33-17 victory on Sunday night that shot LSU up in the AP Top 25 poll from 25th to 11th.While Orgeron is declining to...

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