There’s nothing wrong with confidence. Surely most athletes playing for major college teams in any sport are confident in their abilities and in their teams. Most, though, keep the smack talk in house.
Not LSU cornerback Dwayne Thomas. In an open week, but with Alabama looming, Thomas was reported as saying “I really see us dominating this offense. I really see us dominating this team. This is the year. We’ve been letting them off the hook for the last couple of years. This is my senior year. We’re going out with a bang. It’s time for us to bring that win back. We’re going to be at home. I feel like we have the edge to take it to them, and we’re going to take it to them. I feel like we’re going to dominate this game.”
Alabama, 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Southeastern Conference play and ranked first in the nation, goes to Baton Rouge Saturday for a key game in the conference and national championship pictures. LSU is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in SEC play, but 3-0 since making a coaching change, firing Les Miles and elevating Ed Orgeron to interim head coach. The Tigers are ranked 14th in the nation.
Crimson Tide players probably wouldn’t trash talk an opponent if the Bama players were being waterboarded, so the reaction of a few on Monday was predictable.
Defensive end Jonathan Allen: “He can say what he wants to say, we’re going to settle it on the field. So we’ll see on Saturday.”
Tight end O.J. Howard: "It's one of those things we just don't really get into. We just try to do what we on the field. We just kind of speak on the field and let our play speak for itself. It's not much other than that we can say."
Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick: “What do I want to say? No I’m playing. You can’t pay attention to it. Every team talks and everybody has a thought about this and that, but you just have to play your game.”
Offensive guard Ross Pierschbacher: “You’ve still got to play the game and we’ll see come Saturday, I guess. We really don’t pay too much attention to that. We still got to practice and get better and get ready to go. They preach to us not to talk smack. We’ll just let them do that, I guess.”
Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton: “We really don't get into that. Last week, we were focusing on ourselves and focusing on getting better. It's going to be important that everybody comes out and does his job on Saturday.”