After a quartet of games, does anyone know just how good LSU really is or can be?
The swiss cheese secondary in
I think it is safe to say LSU might
not be as good as they were projected in the postseason. However, they are
definitely not nearly as bad as some thought in the wake of the 21-point
Find a spot somewhere in the middle and click a few times toward LSU being a good football team. That may be where they stand.
Are the Tigers a top 10 team?
Sure they are and the polls reflect it as LSU rose in the rankings three spots (thank yous all around to Ohio State, Tennessee and Cal) and the thrashing of Vanderbilt - despite the 12-6 score going into the fourth quarter – qualifies as a quality win considering the play of the Commodores and their craft quarterback Jay Cutler.
However, in all reality, Vanderbilt is really the same old team it has always been, just the Commodores got a little more exposure because they beat the teams they should have whereas in the past the Dores usually find a way to blow it in the fourth quarter.
At any rate, we are all about to
find out how good this team really is. Plus, coach Les Miles is going to get his
first opportunity – one of three – to make up for the debacle in the second half
The toughest two-game stretch of
the season (taking into considering the
Arizona State proved they are a very good team n a close call with USC and dominating wins everywhere else, but Tennessee proves its extreme overrating with floundering on its home field to eventual SEC champion Georgia.
At any rate, enough about those guys, let's talk about what we do know about LSU.
JaMarcus Russell is quickly growing into a solid starter for the Tigers. Back to back great outings (albeit against State and Vandy) will be a boost for his confidence heading into this testy, two-game stretch. He is putting the ball on the money, but needs to ease back on the accelerator a bit, which should reduce the number of dropped passes.
The offensive line has been
dominating in every game it has played (minus the second half against
Wide receivers need to hold onto the ball a bit better as drops have really hurt Russell's numbers and have negated several big plays, including a bevy of touchdowns.
Defensively, the maturation of LSU's cornerbacks and the emergence of a blitzkrieg type pass rush has this unit on the rise. Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini has blitzed more recently and it has shown in the number of sacks in the last three games.
The defensive line is surrendering
little to no yardage on the ground as LSU has shut up to No. 2 in the land
against the run. Look for
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.