It wasn't supposed to be like that
in the annual game for the ghastly boot-like trophy, shaped like the combined
outline of the two states. For LSU there was the possibility, if everything went
right, the Tigers could be prepping for the title game. For
LSU has been a disappointment in
that the Tigers, generally thought to have the best overall talent in the SEC,
lost its two biggest road games, to
Everyone loves a "feel good''
story, and, in the South, the Razorbacks are it. You can book this: Ninety
percent of those fans in the South who have no allegiance to either school will
be pulling for
LSU needs to beat
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SOOEY, Pig, SOOEY.
This weekend Tiger fans will again
get a taste of one of the silliest traditions in college football, one that LSU
helped start: hearing
If it all makes Tiger fans laugh, they should know their own team is largely to blame.
The question is, would "Chirp, chirp!'' bring forth the same fervor?
Such was the interest that 4,000
people were in attendance and hundreds more crowded around
The Cardinals shut out LSU 16-0,
and afterward Coach Hugo Bezdek likened their play to the fierce feral hogs that
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With LSU driving late, fighting the clock as well as an inspired opponent, the victory over Ole Miss Saturday was very reminiscent of Bert Jones' famed drive over the Rebels in 1972. Then LSU won with no time remaining on the clock.
This time the Tigers gave themselves some breathing room. There were 14 seconds left when JaMarcus Russell hit Dwayne Bowe for the tying touchdown – on fourth down. Both times, it was do-or-die for the Tigers. But as much as some make it out to be the white-hot rivalry it used to be, and despite a trend of the Rebels playing over their heads – and the lethargic Tigers off their feet – the LSU-Ole Miss series really isn't what it used to be. The reason? What used to be a game in which each would take turns beating each other, usually dramatically, has turned, despite the Tigers seemingly overlooking the Rebels annually, into an LSU-dominated series.
Since 1970, when the Tigers bagged – finally – Archie Manning & Co., who had bedeviled LSU the two previous seasons, LSU has taken almost complete control. In the 37 games played between the old foes since that watershed date, the Tigers have gone 25-11-1 against the Rebels. Ole Miss keeps trying to hold up its end, but year-in and year-out LSU seems to have other things on its collective mind than Ole Miss.
Marty Mule' can be reached at MJM981@Bellsouth.net.