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.