LSU football: Beating Alabama, Josh Reed and the ’25’ reasons to be excited for fall –

The LSU football season is so much further away than any of you want it to be.

But we at SEC Country want to make the wait go by a little bit faster. So every Saturday that you don’t get to watch college football, we’re going to give it to you anyway with a throwback-style countdown of how many weekends you have left before LSU kicks off its 2017 season on Sept. 2 against BYU in Houston.

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Counting today, there are 25 more Saturdays until that BYU game. So let’s take a look at all the reasons the number 25 is significant in LSU football history to keep your mind occupied and dreaming of returning to Death Valley.

25 is a good number

Let’s start off with some history that every LSU football fan should know off the tip of his or her tongue.

First, there’s bowl history. The LSU football team has won 25 bowl games versus 22 losses and one tie. Only nine college football programs have more bowl wins than LSU. The Tigers rank fourth all-time among SEC programs, behind Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The other programs with more wins than LSU are blue blood schools USC, Oklahoma, Florida State, Penn State, Texas and Nebraska. As such, LSU ranks ahead of programs such as Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame in all-time bowl victories.

25 is also the number of times that LSU has defeated rival Alabama. Though Alabama holds the all-time series advantage by a sizable margin, the regular-season record dating back to 2000 is virtually even, with LSU holding a slight 9-8 margin despite the Tide’s current five-game regular-season winning streak.

LSU and Alabama first played in 1895 in a game LSU won 12-6. The Tigers defeated Alabama again the next time the two schools played in 1902. LSU and Alabama have played every year without exception since 1964.

Who wore it best?

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LSU wide receiver Josh Reed (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Arguably the best wide receiver in LSU football history, Josh Reed wore No. 25 from 1998-2001, when he racked up school record after school record.

In just three seasons, including a freshman season where he caught only 8 passes, Reed became the only player in LSU football history to accumulate more than 3,000 receiving yards. Reed left LSU with a school-record 3,001 yards, nearly 300 more than any player before him or who has come since.

Reed also holds the LSU records for single-season receptions (94), single-season receiving yards (1,740) and receptions and yards in a single game (19 and 293, versus Alabama in 2001).

Additionally, Reed ranks fourth in LSU football history in receptions, is tied for eighth in touchdowns and is the only player in school history with multiple 200-yard receiving games.

Reed went on to a solid NFL career with the Buffalo Bills. The Bills selected him in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft and Reed stayed loyal to the franchise his entire NFL career, playing eight seasons up north. In his time there, Reed caught 311 passes for 3,575 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Who else wore No. 25 for LSU football?

  • LSU’s current No. 25, Drake Davis, has been making waves this spring, earning what’s expected to be a starting role opposite D.J. Chark at wide receiver.
  • From 2003-06, running back Justin Vincent held the number. Vincent carried 408 times for 2,021 yards and 17 touchdowns in his time with the Tigers. Vincent’s only 1,000 yard season came as a freshman in 2003, a year he also scored 10 touchdowns.
  • For his first two seasons with LSU, linebacker Kwon Alexander sported 25. Alexander swapped it in favor of No. 4 for his final season in Baton Rouge.

Writing the record book

  • Rydell Malancon holds the LSU record for career sacks with 25. A Tiger from 1980-83, Malancon became the first Tiger to record 10 sacks in a single season as a sophomore in 1981. In case you’re wondering, Arden Key would need 8.5 sacks this season to break Malancon’s record.
  • Herb Tyler and Matt Flynn are tied for third place in LSU football history with 25 total touchdowns in a single season. In 2007, Flynn threw 21 touchdowns and rushed for 4. In 1998, Tyler threw 18 touchdowns and rushed for 7.
  • Brandon LaFell caught 25 touchdowns in his time at LSU. He graduated one touchdown shy of Dwayne Bowe’s school record of 26.

Check back to every Saturday between now and football season for more trips down memory lane.