State had about as much chance of winning that game as it did getting struck by lightning. Oh, wait … well, never mind. The good news is no one was struck by lightning.
A few minutes before halftime and the Tigers already up 35-3, an LSU official warned that a weather report predicted unsafe conditions in Baton Rouge in about a half hour.
The report was right on, because
those black clouds to the west – that's the beauty of the new west side of Tiger
Stadium, that you can see forever towards
Take away that 52-minute weather delay and LSU simply dispatched of woeful State in surgical fashion.
Not that many were there to see it.
Because of the 11:30 a.m. start and a matchup that had no sizzle, the crowd inside Tiger Stadium at kickoff looked like one of those gatherings during the end of the Curley Hallman era. And by the third quarter, the word "smattering" comes to mind to describe those remaining.
By then, JaMarcus Russell was already out of the game after putting together his finest aerial display as a Tiger. In the first quarter alone, Russell completed 7 of 8 passes for 202 yards, finishing the day 18-of-20 for 330 yards and three touchdowns.
To the guys who call into
Anyway, he's been awesome at home
this season. But in one game on the
road, Russell couldn't find the end zone in that 7-3 defeat at
This Saturday, LSU goes to
In the first, the loss to
One never knows how these things
work, but it's safe to say LSU didn't expend a lot of emotional energy against
As important as this game is to
LSU, there's even more at stake for
Not that things are easy for the
Gators. After playing host to LSU,
By the way, let's say on the record that this is the best LSU defense ever through almost half a season. These Tigers are remarkable in every facet of the game, from speed to swarming to hitting to timing to, well, everything.
You're almost surprised when an opponent gets a first down.
That being said, the schedule has
been kind to LSU. The first four home opponents should have been beaten into
submission. LSU should win all eight of its home games this year. (Left on the
Entering the season, LSU knew its
toughest challenges would be on the road, having to go to
They might win more games at home
by 40-something points, but they desperately need to win Saturday at