What the media are saying about Missouri vs. LSU
Missouri is picking an odd week to make its first trip to LSU’s Tiger Stadium.
And media coverage of the game is reflecting that.
It’s because this is the week after LSU fired its coach. Les Miles is out and Ed Orgeron is in, and that is all the talk around Baton Rouge these days.
SEC game? Missouri? Oh yeah, that’s happening, too.
Here’s what they are talking about:
- Changes … : Of course, the coaching change has dominated the coverage this week. Something as simple as a practice open to the media was news, considering LSU hasn’t had that under either Miles or Nick Saban. The Baton Rouge Advocate’s Ross Dellenger was there to report on it. But, of course, the changes aren’t done. Even as the Louisiana media was introducing the new Cajun head coach, it was also speculating on who might get the job full-time, this time from Ron Higgins of Nola.com.
- … And relating to those changes: Meanwhile, folks up in Missouri were looking at all this and relating to it. As Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star reports, Missouri has been here before. A year ago, Gary Pinkel broke the news to his team that he had cancer and would resign at season’s end. This time, the shoe’s on the other foot.
- Passing the rock … : The passing game has been the theme this week as the SEC’s most prolific passing team, Missouri, takes on the league’s worst passing team, LSU. For the Tigers, the change at head coach had a lot to do with offense, something Orgeron addressed during the week. As ESPN.com’s David Ching reports, you can expect more passing from the Tigers with an elevated emphasis on throwing efficiently. Meanwhile, at Missouri, the talk from Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was on just how good SEC passing leader Drew Lock of Missouri has been.
- … With a nod to the running game: If this were a normal week, news of LSU star running back Leonard Fournette’s injured ankle would be dominating the LSU coverage. After all, when arguably the best player in the league might miss a conference game, that’s big news. But this is, of course, not a normal week. Meanwhile, Missouri’s running back impressed against lowly Delaware State, the Missourian’s Brad Almquist reports, but he faces a much bigger challenge from LSU.
- Meanwhile, in Tuscaloosa … : One thing Missouri fans should learn in their first trip to Baton Rouge is everything happens in the context of what’s happening in Alabama. And over there, they are saying — or at least AL.com’s Joseph Goodman is saying — that if LSU really wants to get better while hurting Alabama, it should hire Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns as head coach. Wait, wasn’t Lane Kiffin supposed to be the Saban assistant LSU wants? Never mind, let’s get to a football game already.