The most documented story of this young college football season is no doubt Appalachian State's upset of Michigan, but that upset on the first weekend of the season – one some call the biggest in the history of college football - is only the tip of the iceberg.
The Wolverines, who followed up
that loss to Appalachian State with a 38-7 throttling at home by
The Fighting Irish is "the worst offensive team I've seen," so said ESPN's Mark May Saturday night.
Notre Dame is last in the nation in yards per play, yards per game and total offense. Plus, through three games, the Irish has totaled all of -14 rushing yards. Oh, and they have allowed 23 sacks already this season! Ouch!
By looking at
After roughing up TCU in week two,
the Longhorns went on the road to
Phil Fulmer's seat just got hot
again as his Volunteers are 1-2 to open the season for the first time since
You can imagine there is plenty
wailing and gnashing of teeth on the Plains this week. If you though it was bad
enough losing to South Florida at home, try dropping a 19-14 loss to
Yep, it was those same Bulldogs
that LSU punished 45-0 in the season opener just three weeks ago. Although it
Now you have to ask, "what does this have to do with LSU?"
Nothing actually, but that's the good thing.
"When you look at the scores today, at teams that BCS schools supposedly should just hand over, when it is ‘just another ranked team that is playing a team that is not that good,'" Miles said. "You find that that those ranked teams fight for dear life or get upset. At any event, that doesn't happen here. Our guys understand in every contest we come to play."
Couldn't have said it better myself Les.
Miles might have his critics, but there is one thing he has done quite well since arriving at LSU. Against weaker competition, Miles leaves no doubters. Except for last season's come-from-behind win over Ole Miss, Miles' Tigers have pounded the competition.
Saturday was a good example.
In that game, MTSU put up 555 yards
of total offense and racked up 42 points in a 58-42 loss to the Cardinals. Even
That is until they came to Tiger Stadium last Saturday.
LSU's defense held the Blue Raiders to 90 yards of total offense, all of nine first downs (three in the first half) and just nine rushing yards. Afterwards Miles said the defense was "pretty good."
Sure enough Miss.
Even The USC Trojans' vaunted
defense gave up 31 points to
And while people can't stop talking about LSU's defense, the offense is as equally impressive.
Through three games, LSU has outscored its opponents 137-7. The Tigers amassed 505 yards of total offense and scored 40-plus points for the third straight game. And they did this on Saturday without the benefit of their starting quarterback or their best receiver.
Matt Flynn didn't play while resting a high-ankle sprain. Early Doucet was rumored to have some sort of groin injury which he sustained at the end of Friday's walk through. Miles wouldn't comment on the extent of the injury stating only that it "was the damndest thing he'd ever seen."
Whatever that means, right?
Tell you what Saturday's game meant
though, LSU may not be the No. 1 team, especially after USC flexed its muscles
It's shaping up to be a heckuva rest of the season for Miles and his Tigers.
Matt Deville is editor of Tiger Rag. Reach him at email@example.com.