The national media was calling for a close game, and many Wildcat fans believed they could waltz into Tiger Stadium and register an upset.
I do not claim to be the greatest
of prognosticators. (Yes, I picked
While many were calling for a close one, based mainly on an improved defense by coach Mike Stoops, it was pretty clear that LSU wasn't just going to win, but rather be able to name the score.
When I posted my prediction, LSU a
winner by 28, on our homepage, it was labeled bulletin board material by the
Another was quick to point out that
the Wildcats had held BYU to 13 points the week earlier. I was completely
confused with the fact
Later on, I wasn't sure if the
comment was directed at me personally or the LSU community in general, but
Also, I liked the one where an
But I digress.
The point I am trying to make is my gut told me LSU would roll over the Wildcats. And they did, pounding the Pac-10's cellar-dweller by the same score that they handled UL-Lafayette just a week earlier.
The 45-3 final score wasn't indicative of just how thorough the beating was, actually. Many fans grew bored by the slaughter taking place on the field. Huge gaps of empty seats were noticeable by the middle portion of the second quarter as fans chose to take advantage of the early kickoff and get in a few extra hours of tailgating.
But what many didn't see was the
fact LSU could have scored 70, even 80, points in this one, making the score as
lopsided as they'd have liked. The
Another thing that wasn't
represented in the final score was the way the Tigers physically manhandled the
Wildcats on both sides of the ball. If you thought the
Jonathan Zenon got another pick, one of three on the night, and returned it for a touchdown for the second straight week as Arizona quarterbacks were limited to just 117 yards passing.
In the end, 45-3 is the same as 7-0 or 80-6. The score doesn't matter. More important is the fact the Tigers seem ready for the next task—no doubt the biggest one of the season in a trip to the Plains of Auburn for a showdown with the No. 3-ranked (AP Poll) Tigers.
Saturday's contest is being billed as the "game of the year" in the SEC, one of the biggest games in the nation, and could very well produce a team that will win the SEC title, and possibly a national championship.
Les Miles was asked prior to the
season opener against ULL about players overlooking the Tigers' "tune-up games"
versus the Cajuns and
Miles laughed it off, saying no one in the program views any game as a "tune-up game." While the two games no doubt proved that just as LSU beat their first two opponents by a combined score of 90-6, Miles has to believe his team is properly "tuned" for the task at hand.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger
Rag magazine. Reach him at