LSU / SEC Week 11 Recap

I’ve not been in much of a hurry to recap LSU’s win over La. Tech because there’s really not a lot to say. Amazingly poor offensive performance – only 3-7 New Mexico State has put up fewer yards against Tech than the Tigers (Nicholls St. managed to put up 28 more yards than LSU) – and a defensive performance being sold as “good” despite giving up more yardage to Tech than Auburn, Navy, Nevada, Utah State and Boise State allowed.

It’s pretty telling that it’s considered progress that this game is being favorably compared to the Troy debacle in the same schedule slot last year. So enough said – this one sucked.

Elsewhere in the SEC:

Florida needed a huge pick six turn of events to salt away the Cocks. Meanwhile Alabama rolled with machine efficiency over Mississippi State. Big advantage to Alabama in the pre-SEC Championship Game perception shift.

I was pretty surprised (and more than a little concerned) with Ole Miss’ demolition of Tennessee. It seems that the Rebels have realized that Jevan Snead isn’t going to win the Heisman, but they have a fairly talented guy on the squad in Dexter McCluster. Sucks for LSU that Ole Miss has figured that out.

I also blew the Auburn / Georgia pick. Two picks by Chris Todd negated the offensive advantage the War Eagles had over Georgia, and the Dawgs shut down the Auburn run game (115 yards) like LSU did (112 yards).

Kentucky took care of Vandy; Arkansas didn’t have to come from way behind to beat Troy.

So ten games in (eleven for South Carolina, Vandy and Auburn), the SEC stands with two 10-0 teams, just a single two-loss (LSU) and three-loss (Ole Miss) team and nine teams with at least four losses. Yet only Vandy and Mississippi State have losing records. There’s a whole lot of mediocrity in the conference this year. But at least we’re not the ACC, where only Georgia Tech has fewer than three losses.

For the week: 5-2; for the season: 70-11.

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