LSU moved up to No. 4 in the national college football polls and is set to enjoy some down time next weekend before heading to Tuscaloosa on Nov. 15 – but more on that in a moment.
Back to the "Pretenders."
The state's four other Division I schools' were outscored a combined 205-37 with Tulane losing to Navy 35-17, ULL dropping a 48-3 decision to Southern Miss and the Bulldogs defeat in Tiger Stadium. And lest we forget the Alma Mater of yours truly, which gave up 73 points at Auburn.
Not to go off on a tangent about these school's and their status among the Division I ranks, but this does not bode well for these guys future in the ranks of big time football. It is almost crazy to say, but McNeese State could possibly be the second-best team within the state's borders. The Cowboys are 6-1 and ranked No. 1 in the current I-AA Top 25.
The first half through of LSU's tour through in-state opponents is complete with the Tigers holding a resounding 4-0 record. LSU outscored Louisiana Tech (49-10), ULL (48-0), ULM (49-7) and Tulane (48-17) a combined 196-34 averaging 48.5 points per game.
The question now is can those four schools maintain its I-A status to complete the stated goal of LSU playing each in-state school twice? Who knows, but there is talk now of the Tigers filling the empty slot left void by Virginia Tech in next season's opener with possibly McNeese or even Southern.
Hopefully not. With all do respect to the Cowboys and Jaguars please do not agree to come into Tiger Stadium and leave with loss resembling one of the aforementioned. While LSU is trying to play "big brother" to the in-state schools, how many more beatings must Tiger fans witness. Tiger Stadium might have had 30,000 of the original 92,000 remaining in the stands by the middle of the third quarter against Louisiana Tech.
Sure the in-state games generate interest within the state, but senseless beatings of LSU's neighboring schools do not help with morale or with the Tigers strength of schedule.
It is understandably hard to schedule better teams from major conferences without the clause of returning the trip, but LSU needs to do something to improve these non-conference games.
But in the mean time, strike up the band and settle for the tunes of "The Pretenders."