In anticlimactic fashion, the LSU Tigers followed up their stellar victory against a top ranked Alabama team with a game against the struggling Ole Miss Rebels. No one would predict that Ole Miss could beat LSU but many were surprised with their performance.
Ole Miss was able to put up 37 points in the game, to LSU’s 58, but managed to run all over the field in what almost seemed effortlessly. LSU had no clue how to stop their running game, as Ole Miss freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee ran for 212 yards and 4 touchdowns. The amount of points Ole Miss was able to score and how easily they ran the football brings up a lot of concerns for this LSU defense. If Ole Miss had a defense that could match their offensive intensity, this game would have not ended well for the Tigers.
Luckily, LSU was able to shred the Ole Miss defense just a little more than they could do to us. Much of LSU’s offensive success was found through the air, as it has all season. Joe Burrow threw for 489 yards and 5 touchdowns in another game that further sticks him as the favorite for the Heisman trophy. He looks so unphased as he leads this team week in and week out. A true competitor and leader that LSU has lacked at the quarterback position for a long, long time. Clyde Edwards Helaire was able to continue his hot streak with another big game, putting up 172 rushing yards and adding a touchdown, he will not be denied.
As the the regular season starts to wind to a close, the LSU Tigers sit at 10 and 0 with two games remaining in the regular season. One vs. Arkansas, who has looked to be one of the worst SEC teams in anyone’s recent memory and one vs. Texas A&M. Both games should have the Tigers heavily favored and barring any crazy surprises they will find themselves playing the UGA Bulldogs in Atlanta for the SEC championship game. That will be another game that LSU should be favored in. The probability is that LSU will be getting it’s first chance in the College Football Playoff with a chance to win it all this year. Something fans have felt should be the standard every year. Along with that opportunity, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is the front runner for Coach of the year and quarterback Joe Burrow could sit out the last two games and still win the Heisman. To date, it has been an exciting season! Cannot wait to see what the future holds for this team!
With LSU coming off of a much needed bye week of rest and preparation, it has become time for the match up everyone has been waiting for. LSU vs. Alabama. Alabama has dominated this rivalry in recent years, coming up victorious in the last 8 games the two teams have played against each other. LSU was hungry for revenge and were on a tear to change the narrative of this highly touted rivalry. There was a lot of speculation on if Alabama’s Heisman contending quarterback would play or not after coming off of an ankle injury suffered three weeks before, but as most expected he made the start.
This game had all the hype around it. Two top 3 ranked opponents facing off on Alabama’s home turf, and LSU came out firing on all cylinders. The game stayed close in the first quarter at 10 to 7, but Alabama had made many key mistakes including a fumble inside of the 10 yard line as they were looking to score early. These mistakes would cost them in the end. In the second quarter LSU ripped the game wide open, capitalizing on all of Alabama’s mistakes and putting 23 points on the board to only 6 from Alabama. Going into halftime LSU led 33 to 13 and had all the momentum, but everyone knew Alabama head coach Nick Saban would make the right adjustments to give his team a chance to comeback.
That he did, Alabama held the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter as the put up another touchdown to carve into the 20 point lead. They started leaning heavily on their running back Najee Harris, and he was not being denied. Alabama out scored the Tigers again in the fourth quarter, 21 to 13, but their comeback was not enough. The Tigers would be leaving Tuscaloosa with a 46 to 41 victory against their biggest opponent.
This game showed just how special and strong this LSU team is. Ending an 8 game draught vs. the Tide. Joe Burrow was nothing short of amazing as he threw for 393 yards and 3 touchdowns, but the real hero proved to be running back Clyde Edwards Helaire. Helaire ran for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns against an always impressive Alabama defense. He added 9 catches for 77 yards and another touchdown through the air. The first time a runningback has scored four times on a Nick Saban coached team.
After this week it is a no-brainer that the Tigers are the number 1 team in the country, and the rankings will reflect that.
We left last week’s blog post in great anticipation for another big test on the LSU Tigers gauntlet of a schedule, a heavy weight match-up with Auburn. This test would prove who the REAL Tigers of the Southeastern Conference really are!
Auburn would be bringing a defense to Baton Rouge more stout than LSU has faced all season. Boasting a defensive line filled with NFL talent, Auburn was looking to be the first team up to the task of stalling out the potent LSU offense that has not slowed down all season long. Although having one of the best defenses in the country, Auburn had struggled mightily up to this point on the offensive side of the ball under the leadership of true freshman quarterback Bo Nix.
As the game got under way, it was evident of just how good this Auburn defense really was. Holding the LSU Tigers to no points In the first quarter and only 10 following in the second quarter. Their defense had come to play, and they were certainly keeping their team in the game, but so had LSU’s defense. The two teams were tied in a knot at 10 to 10 at the conclusion of the first half. Although everyone expected the LSU offense to get rolling, through two quarters neither team had cemented itself as the one who was going to win the game.
As the third quarter commenced, LSU was able to get on the board again with another touchdown, missing the extra point, giving them a 16 to 10 lead. Auburn followed with a field goal of their own and we would be neck and neck at 16 to 13 with one quarter of football left to be played. Both teams were able to put another touchdown on the board in the final quarter but LSU left the field with a hard fought 23 to 20 victory over a resilient Auburn team.
Although Auburn’s defense was able to slow the scoring of the LSU offense, they could not prevail. Emerging star running back Clyde Edwards Helaire for LSU was able to rack up 136 rushing yards and a touchdown as well as 7 catches for 51 yards in a stellar performance. LSU superstar wide receiver, Jamaar Chase, was able to continue his dominance in shredding opposing secondaries in an eight catch 123 yard game that left the Auburn defense wondering how to cover him. Joe Burrow led the team with poise again as the Tigers march on to next week’s bye with an 8 and 0 undefeated record.