Live updates during the LSU at Texas A&M game, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) hands the ball off to LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the second half Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 10-7.

Get live updates, analysis and stats as they happen during the LSU at Texas A&M game in College Station, Texas from The Advocate's sports staff. Click here to join the action. Continue reading →

LSU at Texas A&M pregame chat, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) pulls in a long pass for a first down in front of Mississippi linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche (4) during the first half Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

What's going on with LSU before its game at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas? Get the latest news and notes in this pregame chatwith the Advocate's sports staff. Click here to join the action. Continue reading →

LSU women's basketball game against UTEP in Mexico at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope cancelled due to a facility conflict

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Sheila Boykin and Tulane's Tiffany Dale scramble for a rebound Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU women’s basketball team's game against the University of Texas at El Paso on Wednesday at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexio was cancelled on Wednesday due to a facility conflict. The game was scheduled for day two of the three-day event. An alternate site for Thursday’s games is being looked at but no further… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU looking for completions on the field, too, in its first Thanksgiving game in 31 years

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83) catches along pass over Wisconsin cornerback Darius Hillary (5) in the second half of LSU and Wisconsin's season opener, Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU won 28-24.

Pass the cranberries. Pass the yams. But after the plates are cleared away, the biggest question around Louisiana’s Thanksgiving tables will be this one: Can LSU pass the ball? LSU’s 17-0 shutout at Arkansas on Nov. 15 doesn’t look quite so bad in the wake of the suddenly awake Razorbacks quashing the Ole Miss Rebels 30-0 Saturday.… Continue reading →

Sources: LSU assistant Frank Wilson serious candidate for Troy head coaching job

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson stands on the sideline at a high school scrimmage in 2013. Wilson is a candidate for the coaching job at Troy, according to a report from footballscoop.com.

LSU recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson is a serious candidate for the head coaching position at Troy and is “very interested” in the job, multiple sources told The Advocate on Wednesday. Wilson is believed to be one of several finalists at Troy, a Sun Belt Conference program in Alabama. FootballScoop.com and Continue reading →

LSU at Texas A&M: Predictions

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Jalen Mills (28) defends Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez on fourth down as the all skitters out of the end zone during last year's game at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers and Aggies meet again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,

ROSS DELLENGER You’ve heard this all season from me, and you’ll hear it again: If LSU can run the ball successfully, it can win. Three of the Tigers’ four losses came when the Tigers failed to run for at least 150 yards (that happened only one other time — a comeback win over Wisconsin). Texas A&M’s… Continue reading →

LSU at Texas A&M: Four downs

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings looks for a receiver during the second half of the Ole Miss game Oct. 25. Jennings has completed 44 percent of his passes over the past three games but said he hopes to throw downfield against Texas A&M's pass defense, which ranks 85th in the nation.

1. MEANS SOMETHING Plenty of people want LSU coach Les Miles to forget about any meaning of the season finale against Texas A&M and look to the future. So, basically, throw true freshman Brandon Harris out there. But this game does have meaning. Sure, LSU is out of the championship hunt, but the Tigers are playing… Continue reading →

SEC rivalry week even bigger than usual with plenty on the line

Associated Press file photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen carries the Egg Bowl trophy after his team beat Ole Miss 17-10 in overtime last season.

ST. LOUIS — Here comes SEC rivalry week, with an exclamation point. A conference that’s again arguably the best in the nation, with six ranked teams, has saved plenty of drama for the final weekend of the regular season. Fandom has no trouble reaching fever pitch for Auburn-Alabama, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Arkansas-Missouri and Ole Miss-Mississippi State. Geography… Continue reading →

LSU report: Brianna Holman, Cati Leak named to All-SEC volleyball team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — LSU sophomore middle blocker Briana Holman and junior outside hitter Cati Leak were named to the All-Southeastern Conference volleyball team, while freshman outside hitter Gina Tillis was named to the all-freshman team Wednesday. For the second consecutive season, the league’s coaches have voted for one all-SEC team, and for the first… Continue reading →

This week in the Southeastern Conference

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- A Mississippi State football helmet sits on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium before a game against Alabama on Nov. 15 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

RATING GAME Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into the final week of the regular season: 1. Alabama (10-1, 6-1; Last week: 1) Nick Saban has decided not to kick any field goals this week, no matter what. #KickSix 2. Mississippi State (10-1, 6-1; 2) State needs win for a… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Associated Press photo by MORRY GASH -- Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon

Each week, Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. This year’s Heisman will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 on ESPN. 1. MELVIN GORDON Running back, Jr., Wisconsin Gordon’s single-game rushing record may only have lasted one week, but his… Continue reading →

Pick 6: A Q and A with a Texas A&M beat reporter

Texas A&M offensive lineman Jarvis Harrison (51) lines up against Missouri during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in College Station, Texas. Missouri won 34-27. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Brent Zwerneman, of the Houston Chronicle, is used to covering football games on Thanksgiving. It's been a Texas &M tradition for years. Click here to see the story.Continue reading →

LSU bowl projections: Tigers could end up in Texas, Florida or Tennessee

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- During the last play of the game, Mike the Tiger hopefully watches the screen while fans in the student section keep their eyes on the field Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at the end of LSU's overtime loss to Alabama in Tiger Stadium.

. The end of the regular season is drawing near, and still no clear consensus out there as to where the LSU Tigers will go bowling this season. Among 15 national bowl projections, the Tigers are picked to go to seven different bowls, with the most popular choices the Texas and Belk bowls with four predictions… Continue reading →

Report: LSU assistant coach Frank Wilson "in the mix" at Troy

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Recruiting coordinator/running backs coach, Frank Wilson(right), greets LSU fan and Baton Rouge native, Theodore Williams, during the 2014 LSU Tiger Tour held at the Riverside Hilton on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

LSU recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson is “in the mix” for the head coaching position at Troy, coachingsearch.com reported Tuesday. FootballScoop.com reported days ago that Wilson is “a real candidate” at Troy. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings: ‘We’re going to take shots,’ throw deep, against Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings looks for a receiver during the second half of the Ole Miss game Oct. 25. Jennings has completed 44 percent of his passes over the past three games but said he hopes to throw downfield against Texas A&M's pass defense, which ranks 85th in the nation.

LSU plans to go long. “We’re going to take shots on them,” quarterback Anthony Jennings said. On Thanksgiving night, the Tigers (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) meet a Texas A&M defense that mostly plays without a traditional deep safety. That could mean more long-distance bombs for an LSU passing game that’s one of the nation’s worst.… Continue reading →

Offensive tackle Evan Washington eyes good finish after bad start to LSU career

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU offensive tackle Evan Washington will get his second straight SEC start Thursday against Texas A&M.

Evan Washington’s career hasn’t gone exactly as planned. There was that severe foot injury that ruined his second season at LSU and kept him from walking regularly for six months. Then “bad decisions,” he said, resulted in academic ineligibility in Year 3 in 2012. The offensive lineman plummeted down the depth chart… Continue reading →

Youthful Tigers talented, but are a work in progress

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU Men's coach Johnny Jones is set to get a contract extension and raise.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — When the LSU basketball team began practice in October, coach Johnny Jones said it would be a little while before he knew what he had in his third team. The reason: it would take time for a half-dozen new faces to get used to playing together with only a couple… Continue reading →

Santa Clara holds off LSU women

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Despite cutting an 11-point halftime deficit to three with less than two minutes to play, the LSU women’s basketball team was unable to complete the comeback and fell to Santa Clara, 69-67, in the opening game of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. Guards DaShawn Harden and Anne Pedersen combined for five… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says a decision on the quarterback future is "down the road"

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, left, watches as coach Les Miles questions a call to officials during the first half of the Tigers' 10-7 win over Ole Miss last week.

. LSU hasn’t made a decision on its quarterback beyond this season, and the Tigers are trying to get freshman QB Brandon Harris on the field, coach Les Miles said Tuesday during his radio show. Miles, asked on his radio show why Harris receives 50 percent of the first-string snaps in practice along… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU quarterback Hayden Rettig says the Tigers system wasn't a good fit for him

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU QBs Hayden Rettig (11) and Brad Kragthorpe throw in passing drills during LSU spring football practice in March

Former LSU and current Rutgers quarterback Hayden Rettig left the football program because offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s system didn’t fit with the pro-style type QB, he told nj.com in a story posted this week. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Podcast: LSU is rethinking its recruiting at quarterback for the 2015 class

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) sits on the ground looking up at the referee after being sacked during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

In this week's "Advocate Sports: LSU Recruiting Podcast," Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff talks with Rene Nadeau of SportsNola.com, who says that LSU has become more open to expanding its recruiting at quarterback for its 2015 class. Click here to here the podcast. Continue reading →

LSU times of interest for its Thanksgiving Day game at Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) hands the ball off to LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, during their game against Alabama in Tiger Stadium.

Here are the details for LSU's travel itinerary for its Thanksgiving Day game at Texas A&M. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Video: LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings says the Tigers need to be better, starting with him

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) sits on the ground looking up at the referee after being sacked during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings talks about the Texas A&M defense going into the Thanksgiving game and how the Tigers have to improve. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Odell Beckham Jr.: Been there, caught that

Associated Press photo by JULIO CORTEZ -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a former Newman and LSU standout, makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr in the second quarter Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

It’s being dubbed “the greatest catch of all time.” Despite the fact that the Giants came up short 31-28 to their rival Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, the sports world — or just the Internet in general — can’t stop talking about New York rookie and former Newman and LSU standout wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed… Continue reading →

Sorting through LSU’s candidates to leave early for the NFL draft

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter (94) pressures Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, during their game against the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium.

The LSU football team likely will have fewer players leave early for the NFL draft after this season than have exited early the past two years. But, then again … “So many times it’s a very personal decision, and it’s not something that’s really based many times on draft status,” coach Les Miles said… Continue reading →

Miles confirms Porter out for Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU center Elliott Porter (55) grimaces in pain after an injury during the first half, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) and LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) watch with concern. Porter came out of the game, and left the field on a cart.

Center Elliott Porter will not play in LSU’s game at Texas A&M, coach Les Miles said Monday. Porter injured his ankle during the loss at Arkansas and will be replaced in the starting lineup by right guard Ethan Pocic. Evan Washington will start in place of Pocic at right guard for the Tigers (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern), Miles said. Porter,… Continue reading →

Video: LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says Tigers feel good about the gameplan for Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) is sacked by LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) as LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith (52) comes in to help during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 in Auburn.

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture talks about the Tigers having a two-game losing streak going into their game at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Video: LSU linebacker Deion Jones says he's seen Odell Beckham Jr. make plenty of special catches before

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray (4) is taken down after the pass play by LSU linebacker Deion Jones (45) and LSU linebacker Lamar Louis (23) during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 in Auburn. Auburn won 41-7.

LSU linebacker Deion Jones talks about the incredible one-handed touchdown catch former LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

The Advocate’s College Football Playoff projections for November 25

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Ted Lewis CFP semifinals Sugar Bowl: Florida State vs. Mississippi State Briefly: Style does matter, so Bama moves to No. 1 as much for Florida State ekeing by as for what the Tide has done. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Bama have to be the team that must win the… Continue reading →

LSU men fall to Clemson 64-61 in fourth-place game at Paradise Jam

Photo courtesy Paradise Jam -- LSU's Jordan Mickey dunks over Clemson's Josh Smith on Monday in the fourt-place game of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Mickey scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and three assists in the Tigers' 64-61 loss.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands — After making the first 3-point basket of his college career in a victory over Weber State on Saturday night, LSU forward Jordan Mickey could have used another one Monday. But when Mickey needed it most, his 3-pointer from the top of the key bounced off the right side… Continue reading →