Bayou Bengal Briefing: Yet again, a hurricane changes the LSU football schedule

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When will the weather leave LSU alone?

Be sure to adjust your plans for this Saturday night if you haven’t already, and you can blame Hurricane Irma for this one.

The broadcast network for LSU’s home opener versus Chattanooga this Saturday has been moved to the SEC Network from the SEC Alternate Channel, thanks to the rescheduling of Florida’s game related to Hurricane Irma. The game is still scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT and will still be available for stream on WatchESPN. And, of course, if you have tickets to the game in Tiger Stadium, this won’t affect you.

But since the No. 1 question I get before sporting events is almost always “What channel is the game on?,” I figured I’d answer this one preemptively. Yes, you might’ve heard the game was on the SEC Alternate Channel. For a brief period, it was supposed to be. Now it’s not. Tune into SEC Network instead.

To check if you have the SEC Network, follow this link. If you know for certain you don’t but you have a cable or satellite provider with an Internet login, you can watch the game online through WatchESPN. Or go to a restaurant or bar. The game will be on there. Probably.

Checking back in with Arden Key

In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Wednesday, we talked about the chances of LSU linebacker Arden Key returning a week ahead of schedule and playing versus Chattanooga. Well, turns out we were a couple of hours early. Because LSU football coach Ed Orgeron had some things to say about this Wednesday night.

Despite the fact that Key wore full pads and a full-contact jersey at practice for the first time all season Wednesday, Orgeron ruled Key out for competition in his weekly radio show on Wednesday night.

So, uh, so much for that. Key will probably be back on the field Week 3 when the Tigers take on Mississippi State. If he isn’t, there’ll be a lot more to talk about next week.

Another thing Ed Orgeron said

Orgeron participated in his weekly SEC teleconference Wednesday morning and spoke a little bit about LSU’s talented freshman class. Namely, Orgeron said he could see a situation where all 23 of LSU’s true freshmen play this season.

The class is off to a pretty good start. LSU used 17 of its 23 true freshmen in its season-opening win against BYU. So, who were the six who didn’t play? And when will we see them? Thank you for asking! Here’s the list:

  1. QB Lowell Narcisse
  2. FB Tory Carter
  3. WR JaCoby Stevens
  4. WR Mannie Netherly
  5. TE Aaron Moffitt
  6. DT Tyler Shelvin

First off, Shelvin can’t play. He shouldn’t be included in this list. That leaves us with five players. Stevens is the most likely to play, as Orgeron directly said on the teleconference that he wants to get Stevens “into the mix.” Narcisse is another player who you should expect to see sooner rather than later, especially if LSU gets a huge lead against a team such as Chattanooga or Troy, where a Narcisse package could be used safely.

The other three are guys I didn’t expect to see this season. Moffitt recently moved from defensive line to tight end and is likely still learning his way. Netherly is a player who has always seemed poised to redshirt. And Carter is deep down on a crowded tight end and fullback depth chart competing with the likes of J.D. Moore, Foster Moreau, Jacory Washington and more.

This week should be the gauge. If LSU blows out a team and these three don’t get in, it’ll be a tough stretch to think they will at any point this season. That said, treat this week like a game of football player bingo. If you see a number, cross it off. If you get to 23, that’s bingo. Congrats.

Speaking of freshmen …

Alex Hickey and I posted our weekly Sound Off video Wednesday, breaking down the three biggest topics surrounding LSU football this week. One of those topics was, of course, LSU’s dominant freshman class. Watch the video below to hear our takes. And be sure to check back to SEC Country every Wednesday for more Sound Off videos.

That’s a funny-looking line

Usually in Thursday editions of the Bayou Bengal Briefing, we talk about money lines and odds for the upcoming game. But those don’t exist yet, for some reason. So, we can’t say more than ESPN lists LSU as 98.5 percent likely to defeat Chattanooga.

That said, I found a silly looking point spread that I want to share with y’all. Because it’s so absurd, you can’t help but laugh.

Yep. As that reads, LSU is projected to score 45 points and allow 0.7. Less than one point. Those are just silly odds. I can’t help but laugh looking at that.

Hopefully, we’ll have actual odds to talk about Friday.

Learn more about the Mocs

We haven’t talked much about what to expect from Chattanooga in the Briefing this week. And that’s on me. We usually dive deeper into LSU opponents than we have. So, here’s a chance to direct you to that information. Here are some vital stories about Chattanooga football you should read to prepare for Saturday night:

Today in made-up holidays

Thursday is an absurdly busy day in fictional holidays. So, instead of doing our usual schtick of making fun of one National Day of the Day, let’s talk about a bunch of them.

According to the folks at, Thursday is simultaneously: National New Hampshire Day, National Beer Lover’s Day, National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day, National Grandma Moses Day, National Acorn Squash Day and National Salami Day. That’s a lot to celebrate. And I have a plan on how to celebrate each and every one. Here goes nothing:

  1. Make sure it isn’t raining or snowing. Then go outside.
  2. Drink an apple cider, the state beverage of New Hampshire.
  3. Crack open a beer, the official drink of Beer Lover’s Day.
  4. Follow this recipe to make sausage-stuffed acorn squash. Two birds, one meal.
  5. Pick up a hobby some people might consider you too old for, as Grandma Moses did.

Boom. Five steps to a perfect day of celebration. Make it happen, people.

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