Texas A&M already had the Big 12's best rushing defense, giving up just over 117 yards a game, 20 fewer than anyone else in the conference.
"This was a one-time incident," LSU coach Les Miles said, declining to get into specifics. "The school has been compliant. Ridley has been compliant. We are appealing it. We are making our case."
Ridley carried the ball 225 times for 1,042 yards and 14 touchdowns, becoming just the 13th player in school history to record a 1,000-yard rushing season.
Ridley's 225 were second most among running backs in the SEC.
It may still be, but the onus to keep it low scoring falls on LSU's defense. The Tigers' passing offense ranked last in the SEC, and unless Ridley can get back on the field, don't look for the Tigers' offense to do much.