No. 1 LSU returns to the practice field to begin preps for Ole Miss but without a few key players

No. 1 LSU returns to the practice field to begin preps for Ole Miss but without a few key players
LSU wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase (No. 1) and Justin Jefferson (No. 2) (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The No. 1 team in the land was back on the practice field Monday to begin preparations for Ole Miss but there were some key players not in attendance.

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Wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson were not at practice. Defensive backs Kristian Fulton and Kary Vincent Jr. were also absent. Chase caught six balls for 140 yards and a touchdown against Alabama. Jefferson hauled in seven catches for 79 yards against the Tide. Fulton had two tackles and defended one pass, while Vincent had two solo tackles Saturday.

LSU (9-0, 5-0 SEC) didn’t win a championship Saturday but finally slaying the dragon by beating Bama and ending that long losing skid to the Crimson Tide, as well as Alabama’s 31-game home winning streak, is something that will likely resonate with the Tigers and head coach Ed Orgeron for a long time.

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New LSU offensive assistant Joe Brady continues to garner praise. There is also talk of big money and a contract extension. However, members of the LSU program said offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger continues to be a steady and reliable asset.

The game against Ole Miss (4-6, 2-4 SEC) will only attract a very small fraction of the buzz and hype that the Bama game did but, at the end of the day, the two games are the same. It’s a contest in the SEC West that the Tigers must win to continue their march towards greatness. Now, the Tigers have to get their feet back on the ground and continue the mission.

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Ole Miss might be a 21-point underdog but beware. The Rebels only lost by seven at home to Texas A&M and by six on the road at Auburn. Ruining LSU’s current win streak would make their year.

Kickoff in Oxford is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN.

We’ll have full reports on the Tigers on 9News at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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