Saturday night, during the third
quarter of LSU's 49-0 blowout of
"I am running out of creative ways
to say LSU beat the hell out of somebody,"
So far in five home games this season, LSU has beaten ULL and Arizona 45-3, Tulane 49-7, Mississippi State 48-17 and a helpless Wildcat team in a 49-0 rout Saturday.
The Tigers have beaten the five visiting teams this year in Tiger Stadium by an average of 47-6 – no doubt a remarkable accomplishment, even considering the quality of those opponents.
But did anyone really expect anything different?
The one thing Les Miles has done a
good job of since taking over for Nick Saban before last season has been winning
the games he is supposed to. Unlike Saban in his first two seasons (i.e. UAB,
Ole Miss and
However, a plethora of lopsided
decisions against the
While it can be said
As explosive as the Tigers have been at home, LSU's offense has produced just 13 points in two road losses, albeit both defeats came against top-five teams.
In the Oct. 10 edition of Tiger Rag, columnist Marty Mule' compared LSU's efforts against weaker opposition to that of the way Miles' team plays against a formidable opponent. The Tigers have clearly been the aggressors in their five home games, games which LSU has won by an average margin of 47.2 points.
LSU's offense has attacked its opponents by throwing the ball up and down the field. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been superb in the five victories, completing a combined 76 of 98 passes for 1,203 yards, 12 touchdowns and just one interception. In LSU's two losses, Russell finished 44-of-76 for 495 yards, with only one touchdown and three picks.
But Russell isn't exactly the target for blame.
The Tigers have been ultra
conservative both offensively and defensively and have played with a
cautious-not-to-lose attitude. In both losses, it was clear LSU allowed
It is truly frustrating to watch LSU slice and dice the patsies on the schedule as if the Tigers were scrimmaging a high school team. Then, when they line up against a quality team, they crawl into a shell and play not to lose, without the reckless abandon they show against teams to which they are far superior.
It is truly an identity crisis.
Which are the real Tigers?
It is pretty obvious many of the pollsters consider LSU to be much better than it proved to be in its two losses. The Tigers are one of only two, two-loss teams ranked in the top 25 and enter week eight of the regular season ranked No. 14 in the land.
It was tough to get any kind of
reading on this LSU team in the Tigers' 49-0 thrashing of
(By the way,
So it can be said that no one will
truly know just how good this team is until they travel to
A loss to
From the mailbag:
I don't want to dwell too much on
the Florida loss, but the bottom line is that I agree with all that you had to
say this week except one thing - the poor officiating. In the Auburn game, yes, poor
officiating played a factor in that game, and I give credit to LSU for not
turning into a whining baby like Bob Stoops did about the poorly officiated
You mentioned the play when Jacob Hester's touchdown was overturned. You said the replay clearly showed his knee never touched the ground. That is true, but what made the ruling on the field overturned was it appeared that his elbow was down before the ball crossed the goal line. An elbow being down is equal to a knee being down in the rulebook.
But don't get me wrong, I was upset about that call too, but the Tigers had three chances to get that ball in the end zone. Hester (1), ball through the hands of Bowe (I think it was Bowe) (2), and then of course the fumbled snap (3).
It doesn't really bother me that
LSU lost to
I expected LSU to respond more like
I don't mind losing like that. Losing the way LSU lost to
Now, I am worried that LSU is going to let this stay in their heads and I am worried that there is a chance of a repeat of 1998. LSU starts out 3-0 and then goes 1-7 in the final 8 games of the year.
I hope I am just thinking
negatively. I just hope the Tigers
don't need another
- Brian Abel
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag magazine. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.