Countdown to kickoff: Houston ties 

August, 2, 2012
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Welcome to Houston, LSU.

Ok, that's a bit dramatic. Anyone who has been paying attention to LSU football during its run of dominance this past decade knows that Houston has been a big factor in that success.

Brandon Lafell, Michael Brockers, Terrence Toliver, Danny McCray, Jarrett Lee -- all are LSU alums in the NFL, and all came from Houston or its outlying area. This year, starting safety Craig Loston and slot receiver Russell Shepard hail from Houston. Seventeen Texas-based players are on the Tigers' roster going into fall camp, and eight of them come from the Houston area.
LSU vs. MSU will be battle of playmakers
The MSU Bulldogs go into Baton Rouge on Saturday night having lost 14 in a row to the LSU Tigers.
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