LSU enters this week a perfect 6 and 0 and ranked number 2 in the whole country behind only their top rival, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The expectations are quickly growing for the Tigers to be a legitimate national championship contender, and my excitement continues to grow with the expectations. This LSU team feels special and brings an offense to the table that LSU fans have never seen before.
The Tigers traveled to Starkville, Mississippi this Saturday to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs, a team that has struggled so far this season. Mississippi State started off pretty well on defense though, holding the Tigers to just three field goals until mid-way through the second quarter. Although their defense was contending well, Mississippi State could not seem to get things going on offense which allowed the Tigers to keep the lead the whole game. LSU was backed by another stellar performance by the now favorite to win college football’s best player award in the Heisman Trophy, Joe Burrow. Burrow threw for another 327 yards while completing 25 of 32 passes and tossing four touchdowns. Those four touchdowns gave Joe Burrow sole possession of the most passing touchdowns in a season by an LSU quarterback and we are only 7 games into the season. He has at least 5 more games to pad a little cushion to his record breaking performance this year. There is not enough to be said about how well this guy has played and led this team so far this year. Burrow has that “it” factor that every coach looks for in a player, he is a true competitor in every aspect of the game and it has helped raise the bar for the entire program. After defeating Mississippi State by a score of 36 to 13, the first time this year that the Tigers have scored less than 42 points, LSU turns their attention to next week’s strong opponent in Auburn. Auburn will make LSU’s third game against an opponent ranked in the top ten nationally, where no other team has played more than one such team. Their resume is above everyone else’s, without a doubt. Auburn has not won a game at Tiger stadium since 1998 and LSU looks to keep that streak alive as they take on Auburn next week at 3:30PM. Many fans were upset that LSU was not able to play this game at night, but to the players I don’t think it matters, they are going to bring their best game regardless. As Auburn looks to derail LSU’s perfect season, again all eyes will be on Baton Rouge with another remarkable match-up to be had. Tune in next week for the results and a pre-game synopsis of what the #2 LSU vs #1 Alabama match-up will look like. That’s all folks!
The LSU Tigers were tasked with another huge opponent this week. This time getting the chance to beat another top 10 team and further cement LSU’s argument for being the best team in the country. The match-up of top ten teams brought the attention of ESPN’s College Gameday, which airs on the campus of the biggest game of the week. All eyes were going to be on Baton Rouge this week, the Tigers had to put on a show in order to not disappoint.
The game started off strong as both teams traded blows and fought hard. Florida’s offense looked like it was rolling early and the Tigers were not up to their normal speed towards the beginning of the game. A combination of the two factors kept the game close in the first half. Through the first two quarters the game was knotted up, neck and neck, at 21 to 21. The first half had me feeling a little bit nervous. Florida was playing good football and LSU looked a little bit out of sorts. Florida definitely had the toughest defense that LSU had faced up until this point, and they were keeping things interesting.
As the second half started, Florida emphatically drove down the field on their first possession to take a 28 to 21 lead early in the third quarter. This had me really nervous. It looked like Florida was clicking on all cylinders now and might be able to start running away with the game. Then came big, bad Joe Burrow. The LSU quarterback led the offense on back to back possessions into the end zone to regain the lead at 35 to 28. Florida then made a strong effort to tie it up but at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was intercepted in the end zone by star cornerback Derek Stingley. The interception led to another LSU touchdown and the Tigers never looked back up 42 to 28.
This was a huge win for the Tigers and will most likely result in them moving up in the rankings. LSU, the football team, and the fans put on a wonderful show on the national level and if anyone missed the Texas vs. LSU game, they definitely watched this one to see how good the Tigers really are. LSU is on the road next week against SEC west opponent Mississippi State, which should be an easy win for them. Never say never though. Tune in next week for the results.
Game number five for the LSU Tigers came with no serious challenge. Facing the much less talented Utah State Aggies, the Tigers were set to have a field day out there and pick up an easy victory. Although the game started slow for the Tigers, ending the first quarter only winning by one point at 7 to 6, things quickly sped up as the Tigers mounted 35 unanswered points to win the game 42 to 6. One of the reoccurring topics of every game has been senior quarterback Joe Burrow. Each week he has continued to out perform just about every other quarterback in the country. This week Joe completed 27 of 38 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns. The five touchdowns in one game tied a school record, a record many believe big Joe will soon break himself. This game did not have very many exciting moments as the Tigers strutted to victory, but as a fan it is nice to witness them not play down to their competition. All of the key players filled out their stat sheets and enjoyed a solid game on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge. With the large lead again LSU was able to get a lot of younger guys in to collect some in game experience. Freshman running backs Tyrion Price and John Emery were able to run the ball a combined 19 times for 98 total yards. While Emery also had 4 catches for 34 yards. It is incredibly valuable that they are able to let these young men play and get acclimated to what college football is about. These reps will pay dividends in the years to come as they can already have some game time under their belt. On the other side of the ball the defense looked pretty stellar, shutting out the Aggies after the first quarter. LSU forced 3 interceptions from Utah State’s quarterback Jordan Love, who many remark to be a future NFL draft pick next year. It was a good bounce back after allowing a decent amount of points up to another inferior team in Vanderbilt last week. Things will get interesting as SEC rival and fellow top ten opponent Florida comes to town. This will mark the second top ten opponent LSU has faced this far, the most in the nation. The game will be played at night and ESPN college Gameday will be hosted in Baton Rouge. We are in for a good one next week!
The LSU Tigers opened up their conference play this week on the road in Nashville, Tennessee against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vanderbilt came into this game a twenty four point underdog at home and one of the weaker teams in the conference. These two teams only play about every 5-6 years as they come from different divisions in the conference but who couldn’t enjoy a trip to Nashville. LSU came out of the gates hot scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter and taking a commanding 28 to 7 lead. Quarterback Joe burrow continued his hot streak completing 25 of 34 passes for 398 yards and tying a school record with six, count them, six touchdown passes. The true superstar of the game those was stud wide receiver Jamaar Chase, who returned to the field after missing out on last week’s game due to a violation of team rules. Chase accounted for 229 of Joe Burrow’s 398 yards and added four touchdowns to the stat sheet as well. He made dazzling catch after dazzling catch and the sophomore receiver implanted his name as one of the best wide receivers in all of college football. LSU again was able to allow some of the younger guys and back ups to get their fair share of playing time as they held a commanding lead for pretty much the whole entire game. It is always a plus when you are able to get those kind of players some much needed experience as they are the future of the program. Despite giving up 38 points the defense played well. They need to make a few adjustments as the schedule gets tougher down the road but highly touted defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda, will be on top of it as the weeks go by. LSU has one more cupcake team in the way of their difficult part of the season, as they take on Utah State next week in Death Valley. A game that should be another blow out, although you never want to speak to soon.
I had said in the previous post that I had hoped to make it to Nashville but was unable to travel as I had to attend a funeral for a friend on Saturday. A friend that struggled with the disease of addiction and lost the battle as he overdosed in his own mother’s home. I had brought my sobriety to light in the intro post to this blog and it is something I will hold near and dear to my heart. It is never easy to see someone you know and care about be unable to take control of their life and lose that fight. My heart goes out to him and his family and I always do my best to remind people of the seriousness of this disease. I want people to know that I am always available to talk about it or point someone in the right direction for help. We never know when our last day may be, so we must cherish every moment. God bless.
Things got a little less exciting after the huge win at Texas as the Tigers had fellow in-state opponent Northwestern State travel down to play in Death Valley. LSU put a complete rout on them, defeating the inferior foe 65-14, despite having a bit of a shaky start to the game. Senior quarterback Joe Burrow slung the ball around for another 373 yards passing, which is keeping him atop that stat as the leading passer in the nation. LSU managed to get a lot of back-up players some substantial playing time as the game was never really close. Back up quarterback and heir to the thrown, Myles Brennan played almost the whole second half while completing eight of nine passes for 115 yards. LSU also got some valuable carries for their young running back core. Even though they had the opportunity to get a lot of different guys on the field, they were without a couple key defensive players and star wide receiver Jamaar Chase. There was a lot of speculation into this being a disciplinary thing rather than injury, lets hope so because the Tigers cannot afford to lose key on-field leadership to injury. If they broke some rules, LSU does a good job of handling all of that in house and finding fair punishment. My opinion would be that it is better for that to happen early on in the season versus down the road when we are playing tougher competition in our SEC schedule. We hope to see those guys back on the field soon helping lead the team to victory.
There is not much to be said about this week’s game because of the lack of competition. Looking forward to next week the Tigers travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take on their first SEC opponent in the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vanderbilt is probably one of the weakest teams in the conference but you never want to under estimate an opponent especially when you are the visiting team and in SEC play. As long as they come out and play like they have the first three weeks I don’t think LSU will have any problems. I am going to try my best to make the trip up to Nashville to catch the game! We are looking forward to another great week ahead, full of football and good times! The Tigers are on a roll at 3-0, lets keep it going!!
We kicked off last week anticipating the big match up between Texas and LSU and boy oh boy did it not disappoint! LSU edged out Texas in their home stadium 45-38 in a back to back battle that went down to the wire. Many fans were excited to see the almost unveiling of LSU’s new offensive scheme and it certainly lived up to the hype. LSU’s top three stud wide receivers all eclipsed 100 yards receiving for the first time in program history and senior quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 471 yards and four touchdowns. This included an incredibly gutsy call late in the game on a third down and long conversion where he evaded multiple defenders and threw the ball across his body to their star wide receiver, Justin Jefferson, who ran down the field for a 61 yard touchdown. That score put LSU up by two touchdowns and largely sealed the game for them as there was only around three minutes left. Texas did not give up though as they marched down the field for a quick touchdown to make it a one score game and everyone in the stadium knew they would attempt to recover an on-side kick. But this was to no avail as the Texas kicker booted the ball too far and out of bounds, giving possession to the Tigers to run out the remainder of the clock and hail victorious over a fellow top ten ranked opponent in their home stadium.
Much of the national media’s attention was caught by LSU’s convincing win as the visiting team and they moved up in the rankings all the way to #4 overall. For the following week there was a lot of buzz going around about how impressive LSU’s new offense was, which is something that fans aren’t used to seeing. The addition of young offensive coach, Joe Brady, who the Tigers picked up from the NFL New Orleans Saints seems to be paying dividends so far this season. This was only LSU’s first major test on the schedule, as they will see a handful of other top ranked opponents, but as a big fan you have to be pleased with their performance. This team returned a lot of talent from a good team a year ago, but it also has a different feel to it with the new offense clicking on all cylinders. I don’t want to jynx us early on in the year, but we could have a special season. Fingers crossed.