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And The Valley Shook Sep 27, 2016

Soccer Loses Two, Because Sports Are Bad

Nope, no good LSU athletics news here, try again later. If you were thinking that something nice happened to LSU athletics over the weekend, I have some bad news. LSU soccer dropped both of their road SEC matches, against #8 South Carolina 3-1 and Vanderbilt 3-0. It’s hard to bemoan a road loss against the #8 team in the nation, but they took a tie game into halftime off of Summer Clarke pulling the Gamecock goalkeeper off her line. South Carolina opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a Savannah McCaskill cracker from the top of the box. LSU held firm up until the 20 to play mark,...
And The Valley Shook Sep 27, 2016

LSU Isn’t Replacing the Les Miles You Loved

There Is Risk, But LSU Should Be Fine Every decision of consequence brings risk. It’s been suggested by some that LSU is making a tremendous risk by firing the most successful coach in school history because he’s regressed from great to merely good. Hell, it’s an idea I’ve proffered from time to time. There’s some logic to it. Miles finished at LSU with a .770 winning percentage overall. The list of coaches with a .750 winning percentage in college football history is pretty narrow. Names like Saban, Meyer, Osborne, Wilkinson, Hayes, Bryant, Switzer, Schembechler dot the list. Les...
And The Valley Shook Sep 26, 2016

Lunch with DACOACHO 9/26/16 - Mizzou 2016

Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron is Introduced Video!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://nmnathletics.com/oemjs/0/media/widget/widget.min.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","neulion-wjs-vc"); Alleva, the snake, thanks Les and his family for all they’ve done, then introduces Ed Orgeron as the new head coach. Despite saying otherwise before hand, both Alleva and LSU president F. King Alexander bolted from the room right after Coach O...
And The Valley Shook Sep 26, 2016

Behind the Box Score: Auburn

Not with a bang Well, let’s get to the big news and the story you’ve all been eagerly waiting on: a review of the Auburn box score. It’s easy to retroactively apply more meaning to things in the wake of future events, but this does look like the kind of effort that gets a guy fired. It’s not just the loss, it’s how LSU lost. Let’s dive in. 19-171. Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice combined for 171 yards on just 19 carries. NINETEEN. That’s an even 9.0 yards per carry. LSU absolutely destroyed Auburn with its ground game, but for some odd reason, decided to call 38 pass plays...
And The Valley Shook Sep 22, 2016

STAT Watch: Auburn

We peruse the fancy stats once again to take a deeper look at the other Tigers. Last week I took a look at Mississippi State, using the advanced stats to take a look at what kind of threat was posed to LSU on both sides of the ball. And for the most part they rang true. MSU’s offensive stats were pretty indicative of last year’s stats and projections coming into play, but still high enough that you could argue they’d pose a threat. And that’s what happened. LSU was great on defense and mostly dominated, but MSU had it’s moments. And I said that last week’s game was an...
And The Valley Shook Sep 22, 2016

Playin’... “Nice”... College & Magnolia

Walt fills us in on all this clown business. I know y'all have to be a little creative in recruiting after everything with Cam Newton got so public, but can we talk about this? It seems kind of counter-intuitive to me. Hey, it's LSU week, I guess some of y'all's fans started arriving a bit earlier. Normally that type of behavior is limited to every other year when UGA or Bama comes to town, though. So his RKO attempt failed in our last game -- what wrestling move will Tray Matthews fail to tackle Leonard Fournette with this year? The chair. Definitely the chair. It's not like he's going...
And The Valley Shook Sep 21, 2016

2016 ATVS - Geaux Show Pick’em : Week 4

9-6 LAST WEEK, THE WIZARD RETURNETH Things feel a bit better this week as your FEARLESS PROGNOSTICATION WIZARD was able to pull a 9-6 mark on the week, no thanks to Mississippi St.’s late backdoor cover that turned into a panic attack in Tiger Stadium. Week 3 Results It was a great weekend of football, with some surprises for everyone. The biggest trip ups in the pick’em were UGA going down to the wire with Mizzou and whatever the hell happened to Texas late night on the west coast. If you’d like to join us, sign up is simple. Click on THIS LINK and sign up for an...
And The Valley Shook Sep 20, 2016

Playin’ Nice: College & Magnolia

We talk LSU-Auburn with Walt Austin of College and Mag! 1. Seems like we're brothers in offensive question marks at the moment. What's been the problem for Auburn? Someone took Gus Malzahn and replaced him with someone who has no idea what he's doing. Really, it's been so strange to watch the guy known for HUNH, playing fast, and being a great play caller turn into someone who doesn't play fast and seems to be just throwing stuff against the wall and hoping it sticks. I don't think it's because he's been "figured out" so much, either. Auburn just isn't running the plays it used to run and...
And The Valley Shook Sep 19, 2016

The Return of the SEC Power Poll

It’s back... and more arbitrary than ever Due to some confusion over who is running TSK this year, it took a few extra weeks to get the Power Poll up and running. Think of the poll as being the Bert Bielema of sports blog features... it sometimes takes all off September off. I would say that there are three distinct tiers to this poll: Tier One: Bama Tier Two: The middle class (teams 2-8, which could really go in nearly in any order) Tier Three: The cellar dwellers. 1 Alabama. The Tide played one of their worst halves of football in this decade, and were only down by a score to Ole Miss...
And The Valley Shook Sep 17, 2016

First Impressions: LSU 23, Mississippi St 20

Don’t let the scoreboard fool you Well, that was exciting wasn’t it? LSU took a boring, uncompetitive, easy won and turned it into a bit of a nail biter at the end thanks to two Leonard Fournette fumbles, the worst onside kick coverage in LSU history, and an assist from the booth review. It never should have come to that, but it was set up a third quarter in which LSU had three possessions, and went three-and-out twice. The one time LSU didn’t go three-and-out, they went three-and-fumble. However, this inept display of offense resulted in all of three Mississippi St. points, so it...
And The Valley Shook Sep 16, 2016

BIG. GAME. PREVIEW.: LSU vs. Mississippi State 2016

Bulldogs are mostly worthless. Resident football expert here. BIG. GAME. PREVIEW. is the most in-depth, comprehensive analysis you will need for this week’s matchup with Mississippi State Cow Bell Dongers Bulldogs. The past two years, these two teams have had a couple of knockdown drag outs with dramatic finishes, which is a bit unusual for LSU fans. LSU has been kicking the ever living shit out of Mississippi State since the beginning of time. Seriously, in 1896 they dropped a 50 burger on the Bulldogs and didn’t allow a single point. That is how this “rivalry” started. LSU has won...
And The Valley Shook Sep 15, 2016

3rd Annual Paul Crewe SEC Surivor Pool: Week 3

Let’s try again. Well, I’m back. Last week was a disaster, but more on that in a moment. Let’s talk about week 1. GUARANTEED Pride cometh before a fall, champ. And he felt so good about it. It’s never too late for more losers. Week 1 was an f’n bloodbath. 43 players entered. 14 of those thought they needed more cowbell and were promptly proven wrong. A whopping third of the field eliminated by a single team on Week 1. And that was just the beginning. Kentucky felled another 9 valiant competitors. Then another 3 of you...
And The Valley Shook Sep 15, 2016

STAT WATCH: Mississippi State

Perusing the stats to take a deeper look at the Bulldogs Last week we took a look at Jacksonville State, using your more traditional stats such as Points Per Game, Total Offense, Yards Per play, etc. We’ll still be taking a look at those this week, but since Mississippi State is an FBS team and we have the advanced and #fancy stats readily available (all hail Bill C and Football Study Hall and Football Outsiders for without him and that site none of this would be possible) we’ll also be looking at how the Bulldogs fared in those to take a deeper look at them ahead of this weekend’s...
And The Valley Shook Sep 13, 2016

Report: LSU, Texas A&M to Cease Thanksgiving Hostilities

One long nightmare is over. Thank you sweet chubby Football Jesus, it appears that the LSU-Texas A&M Thanksgiving “rivalry” will be dying in short order. From the Houston Chronicle, via The Advocate: Texas A&M playing host to LSU on Thanksgiving night was a short-lived Southeastern Conference tradition. The Aggies and Tigers will no longer play their regular-season finale on Thanksgiving night when they play at Kyle Field, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, thanks primarily to ESPN needing an annual series on Thanksgiving night.Ole Miss and Mississippi State, both of...
And The Valley Shook Sep 13, 2016

Lunch with Les, Week 3 - Miss. St.

Video!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://nmnathletics.com/oemjs/0/media/widget/widget.min.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","neulion-wjs-vc"); After some compliments for Jacksonville St, starts right in on the QB situation...” We're not turning our back in any way on competition in that position. I will not name a starter until I talk to my team, so I won't talk to my team until today after this meeting, and whether I name a...
And The Valley Shook Sep 9, 2016

Tiger Tracklist: Jacksonville State

Home. After we were forced out of our home by the flood, our aunt took us in after a morning in the shelter spent catching our breath. She lived eight minutes away from our house at the max, but at times it felt like an hour. When we were able to brave the water and go back and after I got over the wave of shock and catharsis, we were too busy doing what needed to be done to think about anything else. But even in August, there are only so many hours in a day and so many trips between the street and your house you can make with a loaded wheelbarrow, and eventually you need to retire for the...
And The Valley Shook Sep 7, 2016

Tiger Bait Review: Week 1

Sure LSU lost, but how did LSU’s opponents fare? Spoiler alert: LSU lost a pretty damn disappointing game this weekend to Wisconsin. That’s bad. But a bit of good news, most of LSU’s remaining 2016 opponents looked pretty damn ass-tastic as well in their week one games. Don’t believe me just watch. Jacksonville State The Gamecocks blew out North Alabama 31-12 to open the year. Former Auburn running back Roc Thomas scored three touchdowns off of 20 rushes for 73 yards (3.65 yards a carry) but quarterback Eli Jenkins did the brunt of the work. Jenkins went 20-34 for 230 yards ( 11.5...
And The Valley Shook Sep 2, 2016

Tiger Tracklist: Wisconsin

Louisiana against the world.  I’ve been saying some variation of “it’s finally here” for the past two weeks now, because it is here. Much like the way that with every day driving home from work or school you begin to turn on autopilot a little bit further and further from your home because you’ve made the drive so many times that it’s nearly muscle memory, football season arrives earlier and earlier from when we’re finally watching LSU football. But now we’re finally home. The car is parked in the driveway. The drive itself is familiar, but it will never be as familiar as...