No more Thanksgiving football for LSU and A&M

BATON ROUGE - Barring any future schedule changes, there will be no more Thanksgiving day games on the books for LSU after it plays at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving this season, which will be on November 24 on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.

The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday, using an anonymous source, that future LSU-A&M games in College Station, Texas, will not be played on Thanksgiving night and that ESPN will be replacing it on future Thanksgiving nights beginning in 2017 with the Ole Miss-Mississippi State game each season. LSU and the Aggies had agreed to play on Thanksgiving night for Texas A&M home games only. That happened in 2014 only with the Tigers winning that game, 23-17. The 2012 game was played on Saturday, October 20, at Texas A&M with the Tigers winning, 24-19, in what was the first season in which the Aggies played in the Southeastern Conference.

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LSU athletic department officials fought hard against any Thanksgiving day or night games at Tiger Stadium in the Texas A&M series and got their wish.

The new Thanksgiving scheduling in the SEC is still in the works, though, and has not been finalized. LSU could still be playing on the Friday after Thanksgiving against Texas A&M, which the Tigers did for decades against Arkansas.

"At this time, we will probably go back to playing either Friday or Saturday," LSU deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry said Tuesday. "Hasn't been confirmed yet."

BOTTOM OF STATISTICS: LSU finds itself in 14th out of 14 teams in the SEC or close to it in three significant statistical categories after two weeks of the season. The Tigers are last in net punting with a 35-yard average, second to last in passing efficiency at 105.7 based on 20-of-40 completions for 258 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions and second to last in pass offense with 129 yards a game.

Freshman punter Josh Growden has done all of the Tigers' punting. After averaging 32.4 yards through seven punts in the opener against Wisconsin, he averaged 40.8 yards through four punts on Saturday against Jacksonville State.

TOP OF STATISTICS: LSU's Tre'Davious White is No. 1 in the SEC with a 15.5-yard average per punt return that is also No. 13 in the nation. Outside linebacker Arden Key is tied for the lead in the SEC with three sacks on the season.

Tailback Derrius Guice is No. 9 in the SEC in rushing with 79 yards a game and 158 yards on 21 carries. He got 155 of those on 19 carries in Saturday's win over Jacksonville State. Guice became the first LSU running back to rush for 100 yards in his first start Saturday since Cecil Collins gained 232 yards against Auburn in his first start in 1997.

TWEET OF THE DAY: "U Smart."

---LSU quarterback Brandon Harris during an exchange on Twitter with former LSU wide receiver Tyron Johnson about Johnson's recent transfer from LSU to Oklahoma State. Johnson had just tweeted Harris, saying, "I asked God to guide me."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Well, he's a blur to block. He gives you edge pressure immediately."

---LSU coach Les Miles on outside linebacker Arden Key, who leads the SEC with three sacks.


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