Top Tailgating Tips from Saturday: LSU vs. Auburn
Tailgating Expert: Christie Leigh Mueller
For the first time in 35 or so years, LSU will not play a conference game at night in Baton Rouge. I thought my trip was going to be less exciting. Less memorable. Less “LSU-esque.” I was wrong, on all three accounts! Baton Rouge, 2:30 or 7pm kickoff, is still one of the greatest places to watch college football.
1. Purple and Gold- The greatest part about being an LSU Belle is the variety of
wardrobe options available to dress in full purple and gold. I was so impressed with the quality of tailgates, outfits and spirited belles that I didn’t even mind when the stadium began to empty in the 3rd quarter with the inevitable LSU Tiger victory over Auburn.
2. Speakers- Every tent provided some sort of soundtrack to its visitors, creating the
perfect ambiance for a wild and victorious Louisiana Saturday night.
3. Boudin Balls, fried catfish, fried chicken. If you can fry it, you can find it at an
LSU tailgate. Introduced for the first time to boudin balls (ground beef and
rice fried in spicy batter), my appetite for Cajun food was satisfied until next season. Or until I make a special trip back to Baton Rouge just for lunch!
4. The other team from Alabama. Talk at tailgates wasn’t about strategizing to beat Auburn, it was about the voyage to Tuscaloosa to play the other Alabama team. With the BAMA v LSU as THE game of the season, it was no wonder the LSU fans were holding up signs that said, “WE WANT BAMA!”
SEC Updates – Week Eight
1. Vanderbilt took care of business, beating Army 44-21. QB Rodgers resembled his older Green Bay Packer brother when he rushed for 96 yards and passed for 18. Zac Stacy powered through for a career high 198 yards and three TD’s in the ‘Doores romp over the Black Knights.
2. Could things get any worse for the Ole Miss Rebels? After being smoked last week by Alabama, they were a huge underdog to Arkansas this week. However, they came out and took a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. Fans were soon disappointed when Arkansas scored 29 unanswered points to crush the Rebels hopes of an SEC victory as they won 29-4.
3. Many SEC fans have been debating who is the better team: LSU or Alabama. After witnessing LSU pummel “The Defending National Champs” Auburn 45-10, I think that the answer is now apparent. Even with players suspended, Les Miles’ LSU Tigers took care of business and made a strong point. The questions will all be answered in two weeks when the Tigers meet Bama!
4. The Vols were blasted by LSU last week, 38-7, and by Bama this week, 37-6. Tennessee’s lack of talent and depth allowed Bama to control this game. Alabama’s defense was so strong in the second half, they allowed ZERO first downs, and only six for the entire game. And on the other side of the field, Alabama’s offense put up 31 unanswered points in the second half and outgained Tennessee 280-41.
5. The game to watch this week is Arkansas/Vandy. IF Vandy continues to play as they have been, this should be the closest game that Nashville has seen in years.
ACC Updates – Week Eight
1. NC State got a much needed conference victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, only one week after the Cavs beat ranked Georgia Tech. David Amerson intercepted 2 passes, returning one for a touchdown, and leads the nation in interceptions and ties the NCSU school record with 8 so far this season. The Wolfpack still need 3 wins to become bowl eligible, but if they can continue playing like they did Saturday it may be a possibility.
2. Clemson put a beating on the Tarheels at Death Valley on Saturday with a final score of 59-38. Clemson’s defense forced 6 turnovers, resulting in 21 points. At one point in the game, the Clemson defense alone could have beaten the UNC offense on the board. The Tigers climb the polls to #6 and remain one of only 8 unbeaten teams in the country. They head to Atlanta next week for an important match up against the Yellow Jackets.
3. The Miami Hurricanes handed Georgia Tech their second upset loss in as many weeks and their worst offensive performance yet this season. The Yellow Jackets are no longer leading their division in the conference, while Miami has evened the playing field as they all chase Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes move into a short week with Virginia at home on Thursday night.
4. Wake Forest almost lost a close game to Duke but snuck out with a one point victory. The Demon Deacons started strong but lost a 17 point lead, allowing the Blue Devils come back to make it a close game. Wake’s chances at winning the Atlantic division depend on an unlikely Clemson loss and a must-win game next week in Chapel Hill.
5. Florida State flew past Maryland this week, starting the game with 2 touchdowns in their first 2 possessions, and went on to win with a final score of 41-16. Maryland QB CJ Brown was shut down by the Seminole defense and the game was never close. Fortunately for the Terrapins, they have a home game next week against Boston College who is really struggling this season.