LSU defensive tackle Maquedius Bain and center Elliott Porter joined a growing list of Tigers to not travel to Houston for Saturday's season-opener vs. Wisconsin, The Advocate reported Friday. After it was reported that Rashard Robinson (suspension) and Malachi Dupre (injury) didn't travel with the Tigers, Bain became the third last-minute departure from LSU's depth chart. Per The Advocate, Bain's absence is believed to be tied to a suspension, though LSU head coach Les Miles won't discuss any roster news until after Saturday's game.
Bain, a redshirt freshman, was listed as the No. 2 defensive tackle behind sophomore Christian LaCouture on LSU's first depth chart. Losing a member of the defensive line rotation can't bode well for the Tigers, especially with the Badgers' veteran offensive line widely considered the strength of the team.
Porter, meanwhile, was listed as LSU's starting center before Miles said earlier this week that sophomore Ethan Pocic had taken over the spot. The reason for Porter's absence is unknown.
Unless these losses are simply thoroughly-reported "smaller" stories, this seems fairly unusual, especially less than 24 hours before kickoff. While LSU began the week with its quarterback battle perhaps its biggest story, it now faces questions regarding things like "chemistry" and "discipline," even if they're unwarranted. Wisconsin, by comparison, seems to be settling into Houston much quieter. We'll see what kind of impact this all has on the NRG Stadium field tomorrow night.