There will be zero love lost tonight, when No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Texas hit the field in Austin today. The two sides have been exchanging barbs all week, and it looks like that energy has spilled out onto the field during warm-ups.
Longhorn Network happened to be interviewing former Longhorns basketball star Mo Bamba, when a bit of a skirmish broke out. LSU and Texas players had to be separated.
The video appears to show LSU players running through a Texas warm-up drill, leading to some words being exchanged from both sides. Things are clearly already pretty heated.
We were just having a nice time with Mo Bamba when a kerfuffle broke out on the field. pic.twitter.com/Bi4lK29oOu
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) September 7, 2019
The Athletic’s Brody Miller was on hand for the brush-up. LSU and Texas have been trading words over which program holds the rightful title of “DBU,” so naturally, defensive backs were prominently involved.
It's getting chippy, baby. Looked like the #LSU defensive backs ran right through Texas running a drill, and both sides had to be separated. The LSU DBs just were jumping up and down laughing. pic.twitter.com/szt5ETW9WV
— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) September 7, 2019
They weren’t alone though. Among the LSU instigators, per Miller, is none other than K’Lavon Chaisson.
If you’ve been following the lead-up to this game, you definitely recognize that name. The Houston native, who spurned the Longhorns for the Tigers as a blue-chip recruit, has not been shy about calling out UT this week.
Early in the week, Chaisson took a shot at Sam Ehlinger’s abilities as a passer, something he lightly walked back later in the week.
He followed that up by saying that he doesn’t believe Texas has a chance to win tonight’s game. That, to my knowledge, he has not walked back at all.
This was already one of the most highly-anticipated games of the early part of the season, and a rare top 10 non-conference battle played on a school’s campus. The action in the press and, now, on the field ahead of the game certainly doesn’t mute any anticipation.
LSU and Texas get going at 7:30 p.m. ET from Austin. The game is being broadcast on ABC.