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Updated LHSAA playoff outlook following early rounds’ surprises, performances | Jerit and the Kid

Most of the LHSAA playoffs’ first two rounds have gone as Jerit Roser and Jordan Burkett forecast two weeks ago.

But a couple surprises and other developments have slightly shifted the outlook in a few spots heading into some extremely intriguing quarterfinal and semifinal matchups for Thanksgiving week.

Jerit and Jordan recap all the second-round action and continue to look forward through the remainder of the postseason in the podcast below.

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How strong can LSU finish the regular season? Tennessee next up | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU’s 33-10 defeat of Arkansas this past Saturday marked its largest margin of victory since opening the season with 27-0 and 45-10 routs of BYU and Chattanooga, respectively.

Next up: another struggling SEC foe in Tennessee, fresh off a coaching change.

Can the Volunteers present much of a challenge? Or will the Tigers carry their momentum right through the trip to Knoxville and back home against Texas A&M?

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements break down the eventual rout of the Razorbacks — including Danny Etling’s 11-for-16 performance, D.J. Chark’s big day, Derrius Guice’s three touchdowns, the kicking issues and the top defensive performances — and preview the trip to Knoxville, Tenn.

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DJ Chark, LSU continue to overcome early setbacks in 33-10 defeat of Arkansas

A muffed punt in the opening minutes provided a moment of concern that Saturday’s rare 11 a.m. kickoff might provide some difficulties for D.J. Chark and 16-point favorite LSU (7-3).

But the senior wide receiver bounced back from the early miscue, just as he had during the team’s most recent home game, and played a leading role in the Tigers’ eventual 33-10 dismissal of Arkansas.

“You’re gonna make mistakes,” he said. “But I’m blessed to be able to get another opportunity after I might mess up. No one wants to mess up. But if you do, you have to shake it off and worry about it after the game … I just came in after the mistake early on and was able to talk to the special teams guys and just find ways to not let that happen again, try not to force things and take what they gave us. And I’m just happy to just go back out on offense and contribute.”

By the end of the first quarter, Chark had hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Danny Etling for the morning’s first score.

The duo added a beautiful 68-yard connection — one of their best of the season and a highlight of a 26-point second half — on the first play of the fourth quarter to essentially, finally put the Razorbacks away.

“I’m just blessed to be put in those opportunities,” Chark said. “We never really think about the statistics. We just play to each other’s strengths. And I feel like the coaches see (the long ball) as one of my strengths, and we were able to execute it.”

And Chark’s 130 yards on four receptions led Etling’s six different receivers and accounted for 59.9 percent of the quarterback’s passing yardage for the day.

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Breaking down the 2017 LHSAA football playoff brackets | Jerit and The Kid

The LHSAA released its 2017 playoff brackets Sunday morning to set the stage for five weeks of intense postseason action capped by nine state championships in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in December.

Jerit Roser and Jordan Burkett go through the outlook, class by class and division by division, in the podcast below, including intriguing matchups, likely early upsets and predictions for winners in each.

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LSU’s blueprint to upsetting Alabama | Tiger Pride Podcast

No. 19 LSU visits No. 1 Alabama this weekend as the biggest underdog the Tigers have been in more than two decades.

And coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide squad is favored for plenty of reason.

But Jerit Roser and Mark Clements found some potential sources of optimism for LSU fans as they continued to dissect the matchup and break down all of those dynamics in the podcast below.

Listen to this week’s Tiger Pride Podcast to dive into the challenge that awaits the Tigers, as well as a blueprint to upending Alabama.

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