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LSU starting to see potential turn to greatness after beating Auburn

Just how good can LSU actually be? They say the sky's the limit.

LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux went up to Les Miles at halftime of Saturday's game against Auburn.

Godchaux had played a huge part in shutting out the visiting Tigers through two quarters, holding them to 70 yards in the process. He also stood witness to Leonard Fournette's dominance, watching him set a new career-high rushing total by halftime.

That led to a realization he had to share with Coach Miles — "We're going to be a good team."

Miles answered back with only a wink. To what does that small gesture translate?

"It means something special," Godchaux said. "He doesn't just wink at everybody."

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Miles brought up that short conversation during his postgame press conference after LSU completed its 45-21 dismantling of Auburn. 

"He's right," Miles said. "We are going to be a good team."

Now, Miles has liked every football team he's every coached. Not one has ever been a bad team in Miles' eyes. But there was a little added twinkle when Miles discussed this particular team's potential in 2015.

There's Fournette and the Tigers' strong rushing attack. There's a defense that's pressuring quarterbacks at a rate we haven't seen in years. That's a recipe for success, but there's another ingredient even more important than anything that shows up in the stats.

"There's chemistry here," Miles said. "They feel it."

Chemistry breeds confidence. That leads to swag, the lifeblood of this football team.

"You see the sauce," said safety Rickey Jefferson. "We play with a lot of it, and that's what we preach. Confidence, swagger, that's what sauce is. It's what we bring every game."

LSU's now off to a 2-0 start with both of those wins coming in conference play. The Tigers have a very good chance at being undefeated and 4-0 in the SEC by the bye week at October's end. That would set the stage for a massive showdown in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 7.

Remember the last time LSU went into Bryand-Denny Stadium with a perfect record? It was 2011 and that was a pretty good LSU football team too. How do this year's Tigers compare to that group and the other teams that have come since?

"We have the potential to be dominant," Miles said. "I don't know that those teams necessarily had that full package. Time will tell, but this is a great group of young men."


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