07:30 LRN Sportscast October 1st

Today is the not the season opener for the LSU Tigers, but it almost feels that way, as interim head coach Ed Orgeron will lead the Bayou Bengals onto the field tonight at Tiger Stadium. Football analyst Mike Detillier says Orgeron’s personality should provide this 2-and-2 football team with a spark…
cut 18 (08) “…under Orgeron”
It’s a game-time decision on whether Tigers running back Leonard Fournette will play, because of an ankle injury. And Missouri brings one of the most explosive offenses in the SEC into Death Valley. Kick-off is at 6:30.

UL Lafayette will face a team tonight that is capable of scoring a lot of points. But New Mexico State’s record is just one and three. Kick-off in Las Cruces is at 7 PM.

Louisiana Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins is coming off a game in which he threw more than 500 yards. The Bulldogs host UTEP tonight.

ULM is at Auburn today. Auburn has never lost to a team from the Sun Belt, but in 2012, the Warhawks nearly defeated the Tigers. Auburn escaped with a 31-28 victory in overtime. Kick-off is at 2:30.

Tulane is coming off an overtime victory over the Ragin Cajuns. The Green Wave can get over the .500 mark with a win over UMASS. Nicholls lost in overtime to South Alabama last week. The Colonels jump back into Southland play, where they’ll visit McNeese State. Nicholls has not won in Lake Charles since 1988. Southeastern Louisiana is at Lamar. It’s a chance for the Lions to go 2-0 in the Southland. Grambling battles Priairie View in Dallas. Both teams are undefeated in the SWAC.

The winless Saints are in San Diego tomorrow. For the second straight week, New Orleans will be without starting left tackle Terron Armstead, because of a knee injury.

The Pelicans tip-off preseason action against Dallas tonight in Bossier City at the Centurylink Center.