LSU will prepare for the sound of Mississippi State football crowd with music
STARKVILLE – As LSU football tries to mend last season’s loss to Mississippi State when the Tigers visit Davis Wade Stadium, much of the preparation has nothing to do with passing coverage.
Instead, LSU video director Doug Aucoin will stack large speakers on a cart, head out to the training ground, and position himself – and those speakers – just behind the quarterbacks. . Then he’ll kick off the game, blowing up anything on the playlist to mimic the environment the Tigers will face in Starkville on Saturday (11 a.m., ESPN).
âWe’re going to be playing music all week,â Orgeron said. âThey have these really loud speakers over there. Their fans are involved. It’s gonna be 11 in the morning, we’re gonna have to wake our guys up and go. This is a challenge. They ring those bells and it’s one of the loudest stadiums we’re going to play.
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Orgeron said LSU will stick to the music rather than using cowbells, which will ring loudly on Saturday.
The atmosphere at Davis Wade Stadium is a complicating factor for road teams. Before NC State visited Starkville, coaches threw candy and markers at the team’s quarterbacks and rang cowbells during their written test.
The tactic didn’t work. The Bulldogs beat the Wolfpack, 24-10, behind a dominant defensive performance.
Last year, Mississippi State quarterback KJ Costello threw for an SEC record 623 yards to start the season. Orgeron said he “was embarrassed as a coach” by the Bulldogs’ 44-34 victory in Death Valley. He said his defense had plans in place to tackle Mississippi State’s fleeting attack this season, hoping for a different outcome.
But despite all the preparation it will involve, there is still the noise of the crowd, causing Aucoin and his cart to scream music during practice.
âAll of these songs they play,â Orgeron said. âAll that stuff they’re playing. No one will have cowbells, but we will have (music) on (the cart). Doug does a great job, our movie guy. He backs up his little wagon with big speakers on it and plays it right behind the quarterback. Itâs quite funny. Our guys appreciate it.