The schedule is set and LSU basketball is ready to rock ‘n’ roll with a Nov. 15 tip off against Jackson State in the PMAC.

LSU’s schedule is as soft as a paper bag for the first month in a half of the season with the team playing a bunch of powderpuffs in the PMAC for a month before lacing them up against Texas A&M in the Toyota Center on Dec 20.


Trent Johnson’s method of scheduling at least initially appears to be a direct contrast to that of former coach John Brady who liked to pit the Tigers against the nation’s best outside of conference to build the team’s camaraderie for the SEC schedule.

I, personally think Johnson is taking the easy way out and that while having an early 8-0 or 9-0 record will be good for the team’s short-term psyche, it will be bad for their long-term makeup when the team reaches conference play and is unable to handle adversity.

Here is the complete schedule:

November:
15: Jackson State
20: Alcorn State*
23: Northwestern State*
30: Troy*

December:
2: Cal State Fullerton
13: Grambling
17: Nicholls State
20: Texas A&M (Toyota Center)
27: Washington State
31: UL-Lafayette

January:
3: Southeastern Louisiana
6: at Utah
11: at Alabama
14: South Carolina
17: at Ole Miss
21: Mississippi State
24: Xavier
28: at Tennessee
31: Arkansas

February:
4: at Georgia
8: Alabama
11: at Mississippi State
14: Ole Miss
18: at Arkansas
21: Auburn
24: Florida
28: at Kentucky

March:
4: Vanderbilt
7: at Auburn
12-15: SEC Tournament
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Today we reach the midway point in the season in our pick’em game and so far, Florida has risen to the top of the SEC with a 5-0 record. Who will take the SEC Title? Stick around.

Florida:

Aug 30: Hawaii — W 56-10
Sept 6: Miami — W 27-23
Sept 20: @Tennessee — W 34-17
Sept 27: Mississippi — W 44-19
Oct 4: @ Arkansas — W 31-10
Oct 11: LSU — L 24-19 (5-1, 3-1)


Georgia:

Aug 30: Georgia Southern — W 48-0
Sept 6: Central Michigan — W 55-6
Sept 13: @South Carolina — W 31-20
Sept 20: @Zona State — L 41-34
Sept 27: Alabama — W 35-23
Oct 11: Tennessee — W 28-17 (5-1, 3-0)

Kentucky:

Aug 31: @Louisville — L 37-27
Sept 6: Norfolk State — W 31-12
Sept 13: Middle Tennessee — W 37-10
Sept 27: W. Kentucky — W 34-6
Oct 4: @ Alabama — L 24-6
Oct 11: South Carolina — L 34-13 (3-3, 0-2)

South Carolina:
Aug 28: NC State — W 31-13
Sept 4: @Vanderbilt — W 34-13
Sept 13: Georgia — L 31-20
Sept 20: Wofford — W 55-9
Sept 27: UAB — W 41-13
Oct 4: @Ole Miss — W 24-3 (5-1, 2-1)

Tennessee:
Sept 1: @UCLA — L 31-28
Sept 13: UAB — W 44-17
Sept 20: Florida — L 34-17
Sept 27: @Auburn — L 20-10
Oct 4: Northern Illinois — W 48-3
Oct 11: @Georgia — L 28-17 (2-4, 0-3)

Vanderbilt:
Aug 28: @Miami (OH) — L 23-13
Sept 4: South Carolina — L 34-13
Sept 13: Rice — W 24-13
Sept 20: @Ole Miss — L 16-7
Oct 4: Auburn — L 37-10
Oct 11: @Mississippi State — L 34-9 (1-5, 0-4)

Alabama:

Aug 30: @Clemson — L 33-17
Sept 6: Tulane — W 35-0
Sept 13: W. Kentucky — W 52-7
Sept 20: @Arkansas — W 31-17
Sept 27: @Georgia — L 35-23
Oct 4: Kentucky — W 24-6 (4-2, 2-1)

Arkansas:
Aug 30: W. Illinois — W 38-6
Sept 6: @UL-Monroe — L 30-24
Sept 13: @Texas — L 37-14
Sept 20: Alabama — L 31-17
Oct 4: Florida — L 31-10
Oct 11: @Auburn — L 27-12 (1-5, 0-3)

Auburn:

Aug 30: UL-Monroe — W 44-10
Sept 6: Southern Miss — W 41-9
Sept 13: @Miss State — L 24-20
Sept 20: LSU — W 13-3
Sept 27: Tennessee — W 20-10
Oct 4: @Vanderbilt — W 37-10 (5-1, 3-1)

LSU:

Aug 30: Appalachian State — W 44-17
Sept 6: Troy — W 49-13
Sept 13: North Texas — W 55-3
Sept 20: @Auburn — L 13-3 (3-1, 0-1)
Sept 27: Mississippi State — W 21-17
Oct 11: @Florida — W 24-19 (5-1, 2-1)

Ole Miss:

Aug 30: Memphis –W 21-16
Sept 6: @Wake Forest — L 24-14
Sept 13: Samford — W 48-6
Sept 20: Vanderbilt — W 16-7
Sept 27: @Florida — L 44-19
Oct 4: South Carolina — L 24-3 (3-3, 1-2)

Mississippi State:
Aug 30: @La Tech — W 34-14
Sept 6: SE Louisiana — W 52-3
Sept 13: Auburn — W 24-20
Sept 20: @Georgia Tech — L 28-14
Sept 27: @ LSU — L 21-17
Oct 11: Vanderbilt — W 34-9 (4-2, 2-1)

Game seven will come your way tomorrow. This game has been a blast so far and a I look forward to finishing it out in the coming days.
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Top 10:

Yesterday, I began my newest Top 10 list of NFL players with Tony Romo. Today I continue my list with arguably the best secondary player in the NFL.

No. 9 NFL player: Champ Bailey
– Bailey came into the league in the 1999 NFL Draft and since has been a regular in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl, making the team in each of his eight seasons.

Bailey began his career with the Redskins from 1999-2003, but was traded to the Broncos in 2004 for Clinton Portis.


While Bailey’s interception count is not as high as some of his cornerback counterparts, it is also because quarterbacks are weary to throw Bailey’s receiver as he is rarely open.

No. 8 comes our way tomorrow.
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Headlines:

Panthers suspend WR Smith for 2 games — For fighting in training camp? Wow. Seems a bit steep. But I applaud the Panthers for taking action to fix this problem.


Sabathia improves to 5-0 with Brew Crew
– Don’t let the midweek hiccup fool you. This team is still for real.

Goodell wants Favre resolution by Monday – I wanted a resolution two Monday’s ago. Either way, this is none of Goodell’s business. He has no right to tell the Packers how to run their organization.

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YouTube Video of the Day:

I warn you for language in this piece. But wow, just wow.


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That’s all for me. Happy Sunday!

P.S. Please all of you keep your eyes on the weather the next few days as there is an area of disturbed weather in the Gulf of Mexico that may alter our weather in the coming days.

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