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Jayden Daniels update: Brian Kelly shares latest on LSU QB ahead of SEC Championship Game

Andrew Olson | 3 hours ago

Jayden Daniels led LSU to a division title in 2022, but Saturday night, it appeared an injury could affect his availability for the upcoming SEC Championship Game against No. 1 Georgia.

Daniels was injured on a 2-point conversion attempt in the loss to Texas A&M. After the game, Kelly said that Daniels, who returned to the game after visiting the injury tent, was dealing with an ankle injury.


Sunday, Kelly spoke to reporters previewing the conference title game. When asked about his starting quarterback, Kelly said that Daniels’ ankle exam went well and the staff remains optimistic that he’ll be able to play against the Bulldogs in Atlants.


Daniels, a transfer from Arizona State, is 238-of-347 passing for 2,566 yards, 15 touchdowns and 2 interceptions this season. He has also rushed 174 times for 824 yards and 11 TDs.

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College football conference championship odds, per Vegas Insider

Friday, Dec. 2

Akron vs. Buffalo (-13)
North Texas vs. UTSA (-7.5)
Utah vs. USC (-2.5)

Saturday, Dec. 3

Kansas State vs. TCU (-2.5)
Toledo vs. Ohio (+1.5)
Coastal Carolina vs. Troy (-9.5)
LSU vs. Georgia (-17.5)
UCF vs. Tulane (-3.5)
Fresno State vs. Boise State (-3)
Purdue vs. Michigan (-15.5)
Clemson vs. North Carolina (+8)

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Georgia has been a little up and down on the season, always pulling it out.

They had a close game with Mizzou, winning 26 - 22.

They beat a quality Tenn. team 27 - 13.

Kentucky played them tough but lost 16 - 6.

It depends which Ga. team shows up and what kind of day the QB Bennett has.

LSU has a chance, depending on which LSU team shows up, the one that beat a sound Gumps team, or the one that lost to A&M.

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Repeat After Me: Brian Kelly & his Staff took a Massively Depleted Team, led Them to an SEC West Title, and have’em Contending for an SEC Championship.

NOVEMBER 29, 2022

The least of Brian Kelly’s concerns this week has to do with a letdown.

The first-year LSU football coach knows the Tigers didn’t play up to their standards in a 38-23 loss to Texas A&M last week, squandering any possibilities of reaching the College Football Playoff.

“Our guys know it, and they care about that,” Kelly said Monday. “And you can sense it and feel it over the last couple of days. From after the game in the locker room to yesterday when they had to be here for a meal.

“Even today in the training room, our guys know they let something slip away and they’re upset about it.”

The loss for LSU (9-3) reaffirmed a truth that Kelly suspected all along: The Tigers aren’t good enough to win with just talent.

“We don’t have a margin for error,” Kelly said. “We have to play with grit. We have to play with fire. We have to play to our identity. And if we don’t, we’re not the kind of team that we need to be.”

Despite the loss, LSU’s fire has matched its talent more often than not this season. It’s a big reason why the Tigers are facing off against No. 1 Georgia (12-0) in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday (3 p.m., CBS).

LSU shocked Alabama this season. It captured gutty wins over Auburn, Arkansas and Florida. Even in their loss to Florida State to open the year, the Tigers played with plenty of fight despite not playing well.

For reasons that have escaped Kelly, LSU didn’t have that same fight against Texas A&M. The Tigers got dominated at the line of scrimmage and were run all over by an Aggies offense that failed to score more than 30 points against an FBS team until that game.

In the Pac-12 or ACC, perhaps the Tigers could have won with a performance that flat. But in the SEC, that’s not possible. Even when it comes against Texas A&M, which entered the game with one SEC victory.

“There are just too many talented players. And if you’re not ready to play and play at your best, you’ll get beat,” Kelly said. “That’s the SEC West.”

LSU’s opponent this week is the only program in the conference where that logic probably doesn’t apply.

Georgia is the No. 1 team for a reason. According to ESPN’s College Football Power Index, no other team in the country has a top-five offense and defense.

The Bulldogs are undefeated despite not always playing up to their standards this year. They surrendered 22 points to Kent State and nearly lost to Missouri in the first half of the season. They also only scored one touchdown against Kentucky two weeks ago and failed to takeover the game against Georgia Tech last week until the second half.

None of those games should have ever been close for a program that won the national championship last year and has dominated former College Football Playoff contenders Tennessee and Oregon this year.

LSU has the talent to hang with anyone in the country, including Georgia. But, as Saturday proved, the Tigers’ roster deficiencies are bad enough to lose to almost any opponent. LSU has two freshmen starting on their offensive line, only three healthy scholarship running backs, poor depth on their defensive line and a freshman as its only playmaking tight end.

It’s a talented but flawed roster. That was to be expected when Kelly took over a program that only had 39 scholarship players. The Tigers are good but they have to play with at their best to win in the SEC.

Especially if they intend on winning the SEC Championship.

“Our guys have had the opportunity to play the best and this is another opportunity for us to be challenged,” Kelly said. “And so we’re excited.”

The regular season is over and now it’s time to kick off the SEC Championship Game with Georgia and LSU squaring off for the conference title and College Football Playoff selection coming the day after that.

Georgia looks like a lock, even with a loss in this game, owing to having such a strong case as the current No. 1 team that any result that comes out of Atlanta wouldn’t be enough to knock it out of the final four.

LSU appeared to be a contender for the fourth spot in the CFP rankings before a surprise third loss on the road to unranked Texas A&M in the regular season finale, but this is still the SEC West champ in Brian Kelly’s first season with a chance to give college football’s defending national champion a black eye before venturing on to its title defense.

What do the experts think of this matchup? Let’s take a look at how the College Football Power Index computer prediction model projects the game.

Georgia vs. LSU picks, predictions

Georgia prediction: The computers favor the Bulldogs by a comfortable 83.0 percent margin to win the game and become SEC champions.

LSU prediction: That leaves the Tigers with a narrow 17.0 percent shot to pull off the upset and win their first league title since 2019.

Point spread: Georgia comes into the game as 17.5 point favorites against LSU, according to the lines at SI Sportsbook.

Total: 51 points

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LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels 'good to go' in SEC Championship

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels will be 'good to go' this weekend in the SEC Championship against Georgia this weekend, Brian Kelly told reporters Thursday.

Kelly said that Daniels has cleared all testing this week and has put together a great week of practice ahead of the championship game Saturday.

"He's going to be good," Kelly said. "He's had a good week of practice and he'll play for us on Saturday. 

Daniels went down a couple of times in the second half of the Tigers’ loss to Texas A&M, the second time of which he suffered an ankle injury. Kelly said earlier this week that Daniels avoided a high ankle sprain, which was the initial concern.

Daniels spent Sunday and Monday in a walking boot, with Kelly saying that tests Tuesday would dictate his ability to return to practice or not. There were a few benchmarks he needed to clear in order to return.

“Really this is about strength. He'll run with obviously no force and keep him conditioned even through today, which is a weight training and film study day,” Kelly said Monday. “Tomorrow he'll go through a manual exam where effectively he's got to be able to get up on his toes.”

The health of Daniels immediately became the No. 1 story around Baton Rouge as there was hope he would be able to return to practice this week. Simply put, LSU needs Daniels to be as close to 100% and available for this SEC championship if it hopes to compete with Georgia on Saturday

The way Daniels affects the game with his legs is one of the advantages LSU has this weekend as he can extend plays and drives with his running ability.

In addition to Daniels, Kelly also said that running back Josh Williams and cornerback Jarrick Bernard-Converse will be ready to play as well.

Should the Tigers win, all indications are that the Sugar Bowl is the most likely destination for the program in year one under Brian Kelly, a full circle ending to return to the Superdome where his era began just four months ago.

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Drove up yesterday. Will be up here for a week. Anyone else coming this way? 
Last night, dinner was at Reel Seafood. 
Tonight, dinner at Prime 120, best steak house I’ve ever been to. The owner interned under Wolfgang Puck in Vegas. 

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8 hours ago, LSUDad said:

Tonight, dinner at Prime 120, best steak house I’ve ever been to.

My son took me to Fieldings Local Kitchen and Bar,

Creekside Village Park Center, 26400 Kuykendahl Rd, The Woodlands, TX

His 14 oz ribeye was $70, very good stuff, if you're interested.

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1 hour ago, houtiger said:

My son took me to Fieldings Local Kitchen and Bar,

Creekside Village Park Center, 26400 Kuykendahl Rd, The Woodlands, TX

His 14 oz ribeye was $70, very good stuff, if you're interested.

Damn.  Did your Son win the lottery?     I hope the meal was great.  It should have been at those prices.  


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5 hours ago, COTiger said:

Damn.  Did your Son win the lottery?     I hope the meal was great.  It should have been at those prices.  


He drove, but I paid!  Once a year I take each kid out and we do it up right.  It was great!  Dry aged beef, I don't know why that's good, but it is good.

From their website:

We're unique among upscale restaurants because we hand cut our own steaks, dry-age our own beef, and bake our own breads and pastries every day.

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