"Out of Bounds" -- (Guest) Michael Felder of In The Bleachers

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Tune in to 91.1 KLSU or for "Out of Bounds" at 6 pm CT.

Michael Felder of In The Bleachers will join the KLSU Sports staff to recap the college football season. He will also give his thoughts on Les Miles staying in Baton Rouge.

KLSU reporter Micah Bedard will also join us to make since of men's basketbal 2-1 start in conference play and the KLSU Sports team will breakdown the NFL playoffs.

You call follow Michael Felder on Twitter @InTheBleachers and the KLSU Sports staff @KLSUSports.

NFL Divisional Round Playoff Picks

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Polamalu = Best player in the NFL (non-QB)
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This is a college football website that primarily covers LSU Sports. This post has nothing to do with LSU.

I love the NFL. I'm going to give my picks for this weekends divisional playoff games in the NFL because I can.

Last week I picked all the Wild Card/road teams to win their playoff games. It turned out good for me, as I went 3-1 in those games.

Too bad the Saints were the team that lost. I almost picked the Seahawks, but I just couldn't do it.

This week I thought about picking all home teams. But as the week moved on, I started thinking "Maybe home field doesn't mean as much as it once did in the playoffs."

This morning on Mike and Mike, they showed a revealing stat that would surprise many NFL fans.

In the past five years, home teams in the divisional rounds went 10-10. In the 15 years prior, home teams were 49-15. 

With that in mind, here are my picks...

Ravens over Steelers 
Falcons over Packers
Bears over Seahawks
Patriots over Jets

I am actually going against the recent trend. I went with three home teams and the Ravens. I actually think the Steelers are the better team, but an unhealthy Troy Polamalu is never a good thing.

I could do a long and extensive breakdown of these games, but I want to live some form of a social life. 

Enjoy the weekend!!!

Tiger Talk -- More Wednesday Hot Links

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There has never been a day with this much big news regarding LSU football in a long time. Local reporters here in Baton Rouge are on their A-Game.

Here are more hot links from one of the craziest days in LSU football history...

Les Miles agrees in a principle to a new contract with LSU football that will stay pay him the same base salary of $3.751 million a year.

Glen Gilbeau of Gannett Louisiana Newspapers says Gary Crowton will not return next season.

LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt will not accept the same position at Tennessee according to Wes Rucker of 247 Sports.

The Daily Reveille reports four-star running back commitment Jeremy Hill has been arrested on charges of oral sexual battery. Reporter Ryan Ginn breaks down the incident and says LSU should be fine without Hill.

Brandon Says Michigan Job Was Never Offered to Miles -- Wednesday Hot Links

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Joe Schad might have been right after all.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said the Michigan job was never offered to Les Miles or San Francisco 49ers head coach and former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.  

Michigan hired San Diego State's Brady Hoke as their new head coach yesterday.

The problem for me is that this hard to believe. So did Brandon just feel like traveling to Baton Rouge because for the warmer weather?

Hopefully some of this will clear up by the end of today's press conference. 

Here are more must reads regarding LSU Football...


Miles Remains at LSU, Schad Remains Confusing

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Miles will return as head coach of the Bayou Bengals.
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Les Miles will return as LSU's head coach next season.

Miles addressed the situation earlier today in Dallas at the AFCA coaches conference.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said about Miles, "We look forward to many years of LSU Football under his leadership."

ESPN's Joe Schad was once again the center of the college football reporting world. And once again his reporting left a lot to be desired by college football fans.

Schad reported earlier this week that LSU could possibly waive or lower Miles $1.25 million dollar buyout. He then would later say a source close to the situation said if the Michigan job was offered to Miles, he would take it.

WAFB reported Miles met with Michigan AD Dave Brandon Monday night. After "The Mad Hatter" said he was staying in Baton Rouge, Schad said Miles wouldn't comment if the Michigan job was ever offered to him. Schad tweeted soon after something I have yet to understand...

An LSU source claims Miles was offered Michigan; another person briefed on search said he was a "candidate not the candidate."

What in the name of Jacob Hester is he talking about here?


If Les Leaves, What's Next?

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Michigan is already interviewing Les Miles. ESPN is reporting that Miles will take the job if offered. LSU will evaluate over the different options that could possibly take over, should Miles leave.

Let's take a brief look at a laundry list of candidates that could possibly replace Les at one of the best jobs in the country....

On-Staff Options

To keep it short, there are no major candidates currently on the LSU staff.

The only member on staff with head coaching experience is offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, who might be the only coach some fans would rather see go than Miles after the Tennessee game. He served in that capacity with BYU from 2001-2004. I've suspected that Miles has long had a hand in play calling and giving Crowton the reins would let him have complete control over the offense, but hiring him would not exactly rally the fan base.

John Chavis has only served as an assistant and Defensive Coordinator at the schools he has worked at in his long coaching career. Having a resume that goes back 30+years with the highest position being defensive coordinator says that Chavis has no interest in becoming a head coach. He would've done it by now.

The only wild card that I see on staff is Wide Receiver coach/Passing Game Coordinator Billy Gonzales. He has a decent pedigree, serving under Urban Meyer since Meyer's time at Bowling Green. Other than that, I cannot give much more argument for Gonzales to get the job, but I have a feeling he will at least get a look from the powers-that-be.


Auburn Wins First BCS Title, But Was Dyer Down?

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Auburn finally earned their first crystal ball after an undefeated season.

The Tigers defeated the Oregon Ducks 22-19 in one of the best National Championship games in the sport's history Monday night.

But did the heavily criticized Big Ten officiating crew make a mistake on the game's most controversial play?

Freshman running back Michael Dyer, as I predicted before the game (shameless promotion), played the game of his life. His long runs on the game's final drive proved to be the difference for the Tigers. But was he down on his 37 yard scamper deep into Oregon territory? investigated the run with this in-depth video....

What do you guys think? Was he down? Was Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams down?

HKT would love to hear your thoughts. Not like there isn't enough drama going on in the SEC or anything.

BCS National Championship Prediction

Fairley will pile-drive the opponent.
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The game is only a few hours away, but here a few thoughts and a prediction for the BCS National Championship Game...

The game needs to be moved before NFL wildcard weekend. 

There is little doubt in my mind that the game has lost a little bit of its luster now that the game will be played after a spectacular weekend in NFL games.

And this game has been dragged on for too long. I can't count how many times I've heard players complaining that the game can't come soon enough.


Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is being overhyped for this game.


Tiger Talk -- Saturday Hot Links (Miles, Harris)

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There is A TON going on in the world of LSU Sports. Here is the latest...

Sports by Brooks reports that Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon's private jet is in Dallas. Miles will be back in Dallas on Tuesday.

The Big Lead writes Brandon will learn the hard way that Michigan football is not what it used to be.

Ben Love of Tiger Rag reports men's basketball forward Dennis Harris has been dismissed from the team because of violation of team rules.

The men's basketball team only allowed six first half points in their SEC opener versus Auburn. LSU moved to 9-7 overall, 1-0 in conference.

True Freshman Defensive Backs Shine in Cotton Bowl

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Mathieu makes plays. Period.
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If somebody would have told me the LSU defensive backs would have had a big game versus Texas A&M, that wouldn't have surprised me. The Tigers have Patrick Peterson, the best college defensive back since Charles Woodson.

The funny thing is Peterson didn't have a great game. Aggies wide receiver Jeff Fuller, who Peterson told me after the game will have a great future in the NFL, caught seven passes for 84 yards. Fuller must have forgot he was playing against the Thorpe and Bednarik Award winner.

But Peterson had others pick him up. The three that shined the brightest were all true freshman.

It all starts with Tyrann Mathieu, who won defensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl. He was all over the field making plays for LSU. Mathieu finished with seven tackles, two forced fumbles and once interception.


Patrick Peterson -- Cotton Bowl Postgame

Patrick Peterson talks about his future after LSU's 41-24 victory over Texas A&M in the 75th Annual Cotton Bowl.

Tyrann Mathieu -- Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP

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LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu talks about his MVP performance after the 41-24 victory over Texas A&M in the 75th annual Cotton Bowl.

Three Things to Look For -- Cotton Bowl Prediction

I've heard all about it.
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Dallas Cowboys Stadium? For a bowl game? Three days after attending the Sugar Bowl?

Yes Please.

I can't wait for the Cotton Bowl. LSU will be playing Texas A&M for the Tigers last tackle football game of this season. Here are three things to look for...

1) How does LSU deal with Texas A&M's impact players?

The Aggies have won six straight games since junior Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback. His top target, junior receiver Jeff Fuller, will have his hands full with Patrick Peterson


Ridley Cleared to Play

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LSU running back Stevan Ridley has been cleared to play for the 2011 Cotton Bowl. LSU's leading rusher should certainly give the offense a boost against Texas A&M.

In Ridley's absence, freshman Michael Ford has received plenty of snaps with the first team. Also expect senior Richard Murphy and true freshman Spencer Ware to contribute. 

Full story of Ridley's reinstatement can be read here. (The Advocate)

Arkansas vs Ohio State -- Sugar Bowl Preview

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The Big Ten has been anything but legendary, nor have they displayed much leadership so far in the Bowl Season. The conference went 0-5 on Saturday, and a few of the games weren't even competitive.

Their last hope is "The Ohio State University" in a BCS bowl game versus an athletic SEC opponent. The Buckeyes are 0-9 versus SEC teams in bowl games.

It's been a Bryant family tradition to attend the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans every year. We didn't attend last year's game because we thought the game was going to be ridiculous. And thank goodness we were right.

This game will be different. That's just because a Big East team won't be playing.

This year's game will be well worth the time and travel. With plenty of NFL players on both sides of the ball, this will be a treat to watch.
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