No. 13 LSU

Baronne Gravier is a street corner in New Orleans, not an LSU player. Photo credit: Malcolm Moran

There may be nothing of substance to report on LSU football until the Sept. 2 opener against Brigham Young because Tigers’ coach Ed Orgeron has closed ALL preseason practices to the media.

We thought it would take Orgeron longer than this to become 100% certified in SEC coaching paranoia, but it turns out he’s way ahead of schedule.

Bobby Boucher’s mama, on behalf of the press, put out the following statement: “You playing the Fooze-ball behind my back!?”

This blackout of LSU gives us the opportunity to play my favorite parlor game when I am in Louisiana.

“Street Corner in New Orleans, or player on LSU’s current football roster?”

It works like this: I give you two words and you have to guess whether it’s a player or a street corner.

Example: Napoleon Claiborne.

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Louis Landrum, however, is not an intersection, it’s a player on LSU’s 2017 roster.

So here is the quiz. I’ll provide answers at the end of the story:

A: Wilkinson Decatur

B: Michael Divinity

C: Lowell Narcisse

D: Girod Carondelet

E: Royal Iberville

F: Edward Paris

G: Reshaud Henry

H: Dumaine Chartres

I: Foster Moreau

The mysteries of LSU football will unravel in time, and we’ll eventually know if the Tigers are any good. As we’ve always maintained: you can close practices to the media, but not the games. We’re guessing LSU will be formidable in the mighty SEC West. Orgeron did a nice job in a pinch after the boom came down on Les Miles after the Auburn loss. It was almost a repeat of when Orgeron took over midseason at USC after Lane Kiffin got fired. That year, 2012, Orgeron beat a bunch of teams except the two he was hired to beat: Notre Dame and UCLA. Last year, LSU went 6-2 under Coach O but the losses were to Alabama and Florida.

A 20-point win over Louisville, though, in the Citrus Bowl, has raised expectations despite the loss of all-world tailback Leonard Fournette, who sat out the game in advance of the NFL draft.

The Tigers proved in that game that there won’t be much drop off with Derrius Guice, who rushed for more than 100 yards.

“He runs the ball like Warren Sapp played the defensive line for me at Miami,” Orgeron said at SEC media days. “He runs with an attitude.”

The offense will be built around Guice under new coordinator Matt Canada, who came from Pittsburgh. Canada has been given the option of going with a pro-style quarterback, incumbent Danny Etling, or picking one of the dual-threat choices. Maybe that’s what all this cover-of darkness stuff is about.

The defense is also in great hands under coordinator Dave Aranda, who must replace five players on the front seven.

The Tigers also play five SEC games away from home, which is against the law most years. Worse, the Oct. 7 game at Florida has been designated the Gators’ homecoming game. You talk about an insult!

LSU does get Auburn at home this year but plays at Alabama on Nov. 4.

Answers to quiz: A (corner), B (player), C (player), D (corner), E (corner), F (player), G (player), H (corner), I (player)[/membership]