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.

LSU / SEC Week 11 Picks

After its week in the spotlight, LSU takes a backseat to the real action in the SEC this week. There’s really not much that needs to be said about playing La. Tech, except that answers to the health of Jordan Jefferson and Charles Scott’s backups will be answered.

LSU 45 – 13

Elsewhere in the SEC:

No. 1 Florida at South Carolina. A few weeks ago this game looked like a potential stumbling block for Florida. The Cocks were 5-1 and showing signs of life. Then SC failed badly at Alabama, barely got past Vandy and got blown out in back-to-back games at Tennessee and Arkansas. Yes, anything can happen on the road in the SEC, but there’s no logical analysis that can be put here to predict a South Carolina win.

Gators 27 – 10

No. 2 Alabama at Mississippi State. As with Florida / USC, this game doesn’t favor a Bama loss in any way. The shining point for the Bulldogs is their rush offense, so good luck with that against Alabama. If the Tide falters, it would likely come from pressing the passing game to break out of that particular funk. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fonzie order a more aggressive attack early in this one, like he did last week against LSU. There would have to be a pretty spectacular failure by Bama to keep MSU in this one.

Bama 28 – 14

Tennessee at Ole Miss. A pretty big game for both the Vols and the Rebels. The winner of this one has a great shot at an 8-win season, which obviously would be a bigger deal to the rebuilding Vols than the under-achieving Rebels. Despite the arrest this week of Tennessee’s freshmen class, I think the Vols have more momentum, more to play for and maybe even more talent.

Tennessee 34 – 27

Auburn at Georgia. I don’t think the Dawgs have the offense to fully exploit the weak Auburn defense, and the War Eagles have the firepower to take advantage of a UGA defense that’s giving up an average of 30 points per game in SEC competition.

Auburn 41 – 31

Kentucky at Vanderbilt. Remember early in the season when LSU’s 23-9 win over Vandy was considered to be a great performance? Oh, right, the ‘Dores are 2-8 now and 0-6 in the conference. The numbers are fun on this one. Vandy is 41st nationally in rush offense, 111 in pass offense and 101 in rush defense. Kentucky is 22 in rush offense, 108 in pass offense and 102 in rush defense. Neither team may pass in this one.

Kentucky 16 – 9

Troy at Arkansas. Tempted to go with the big upset here, as Troy averages 315 yards of pass offense (against weak competition) and Arkansas is No. 116 in pass defense. But Troy is No. 106 in pass defense going against the No. 12 pass offense in the nation. Should Ryan Mallett have an epic meltdown, Troy could stay in this one. But it would be a little nuts to predict that.

Arkansas 56 – 48

Also, I failed to round up the rest of the SEC action last week. I was 7-1 for the week (missed Ark. / SC). For the season I’m now 65-9.

It’s official: Nike screwing with LSU uniforms

Well, it looks like my beloved LSU Tigers are about to be caught up in the big-money marketing push of Nike and roll out “futuristic” uniforms for the Arkansas game Nov. 28.

UPDATE 3: The LSU Nike uniforms in their full abominable glory.

UPDATE 2: More details on the uniform design from Nike.

UPDATE 1: LSU A.D. Joe Alleva confirms this oh-so-special event for LSU fans Nike that is a real special honor:

We will soon be unveiling an exciting one-game change to the LSU football uniform as part of Nike’s Rivalry uniform program that will be a tribute to LSU teams of the past. Our coaches and players are excited to be participating in this program that is being employed by a number of other major schools across the country because it offers a product with cutting-edge fabric and technology. The uniforms, which will debut on on Sunday, November 22, will feature a unique design with a throwback element that Tiger fans will enjoy for our season finale against Arkansas. This is a one-time uniform adjustment to honor our past. We have no plans to make any permanent changes to the traditional LSU uniform.

Wow, cutting-edge fabric? Sign me up! To hell with all the LSU tradition Mr. Alleva has no doubt soaked up in the past 16 months. Can’t wait for the full view of the “unique design with a throwback element” (I’m guessing the different color of gold is the “throwback element”). Note that he makes it clear that LSU is only willing to sell out its traditions for Nike dollars for this one game. That’s second only to not actually selling out LSU’s traditions to Nike at all, I suppose. And I wonder how Mr. Alleva’s masters at Nike feel about him spilling the beans about LSU’s participation a week before Nike planned the big unveil.

The very alert folks at Friends of The Program apparently dug deep into the web assets of Nike to uncover the yet-to-be-unveiled remaining participants in this Pro Combat marketing gimmick that I suppose pays football programs a butt-load of money to ditch their own uniforms for special – and generally really ugly – new “pro combat” Nike getups.

And LSU is on the list.

So far the only image floating around of the LSU Nike abomination is this:

Nike's LSU uniform abomination pro combat

Nike's LSU uniform abomination

I also did some digging in Nike’s source code and discovered that Nike will announce the LSU uniform on November 20 and unveil the actual hideousness November 23. That, I assume, is timed for the Tigers to wear this monstrosity against Arkansas in the season finale that weekend.

And Friends of The Program is correct – though it’s hard to believe – that the tagline for LSU’s jersey is “COCHON DE LAIT“. Yes, the suckling pig. To digress for a second, the other taglines Nike is using are “GOOD GUYS WEAR WHITE” for Virginia Tech, “DON’T BACK DOWN” for TCU, “EARNED” for Ohio State, “FEAR THE SPEAR” for Florida State, “STAKE OUR CLAIM” for Oklahoma, “FINISH THE MISSION” for Florida, “IT ONLY TAKES ELEVEN” for Texas, “BEAST MODE” for Missouri and “THE U KNOWS” for Miami.

LSU’s is “suckling pig”. Um, ok …

If you know one thing about me, it’s that I don’t want you to screw with LSU tradition. I don’t like that stupid Eye of the Tiger painted on the field, and I sure as hell don’t want Les Miles, Joe Alleva and Mike Martin selling out LSU’s uniform to Nike. Which is exactly what they are doing. Maybe the fact that none of those gentlemen have any significant history with LSU – Miles has not yet reached five years there; Alleva and Martin are under two each. Their combined tenure at LSU just barely totals more time than I spent in school there – doesn’t give them the appropriate reverence for things like LSU’s football uniforms.

I will be in Baton Rouge that weekend because our Thanksgiving rotation is set to have us in Louisiana the years LSU and Arkansas are playing at Tiger Stadium. My plans had been to go to the game. But I won’t go watch LSU in these uniforms. I don’t go to games to watch a Nike infomercial. I go to games to see LSU, and LSU looks like this:

Proper LSU uniform

LSU’s football program, athletic department and administration is choosing its association with Nike and the dollars being delivered over its fans. Their choice – fine. But I won’t be a participant in this. I’ll watch it on TV and spend my money that would have gone to the athletic department someplace else.

Controversy sells newspapers

Pretty amazing, even for their standards. The Advocate (the Baton Rouge daily, not the national gay newspaper) harps all over the interception denied Patrick Peterson in its post-game coverage of LSU / Alabama today but had not a word – literally, not a single word – about the other blown opportunity LSU had to get the ball back before Alabama scored its game-cinching field goal.

Bama punted, you see, with seven and a half minutes to go and the Tide up by six. The Tigers received the punt inside their 20 with plenty of time remaining and in a position to win with a touchdown. But Daniel Graff ran in to the kicker, giving Bama the ball back with a 4th and short situation. They converted that to keep the drive alive and set up the controversial Peterson interception/non-interception.

The Graff penalty wasn’t a controversial call – he clearly ran into the kicker’s leg and got the minimal five-yard penalty instead of a 15-yard, automatic first-down roughing call. And I guess that means it’s not worthy of a single word from The Advocate. But it was a huge turning point in the game – it took the ball out of LSU’s hands as surely as the Peterson ruling did. This, though, was LSU’s fault.

LSU / Alabama: The Judgment

There will, no doubt, be a lot of griping by LSU fans about the blown call on Patrick Peterson’s 4th-quarter interception. And it’s pretty clear that was a bad call. But if that call would have marked the last best chance LSU had to win this game (and it would have), it’s important to focus on the larger context of how this game unfolded.

Working backwards … LSU killed itself by running in to the Alabama punter earlier in that drive … the inability to stop Mark Ingram (no easy task) put LSU in a bind … the cramps of Patrick Peterson led directly to Julio Jones’ touchdown … and the injury to Jordan Jefferson left LSU in the incapable hands of Mr. Jarrett Lee.

I felt good about the Tigers’ 7-3 halftime lead. It seemed at the time that LSU had enough contain on the Bama offense to make a game out of it. To be sure, the Tide was under-achieving. Alabama had just one drive of under 30 yards in the first half, but with poor field position on two drives, bad game management on another and an interception on the final drive of the half, they had managed just three points from 208 yards of offense.

LSU, on the other hand, had one very good 91-yard TD drive, a 33-yard drive that resulted in a punt and drives totaling 10, -5, 6 and 5 yards in the half. Seven points from 157 yards of offense.

Advantage LSU.

And then there was the second half. Bama went to Ingram and rang up 21 points on 250 yards of offense. The big hit, of course, was Julio Jones’ 73-yard TD catch/run when Patrick Peterson sat on the bench with cramps. In the second half, the Tide mounted drives of 81, 66, 73 and 32 yards (plus -1 on the safety possession).

LSU, meanwhile, managed just 123 yards of offense as Jefferson and Scott went down to injuries and put up just 6 more points in addition to the safety after halftime. Tiger drives totaled 28, 59, 9, -9 and 8 yards in the second half.

The Tigers got breaks in the first half to stay ahead of Bama and needed breaks in the second to stay with them. LSU got a huge break by downing a punt inside the Bama 1-yard line, but wasn’t able to capitalize enough on the safety and ensuing possession (which resulted in their final TD and 15-10 lead) to stay in front of the Tide.

More than anything, LSU needed a fourth-quarter counter to Mark Ingram. With Jarrett Lee at the helm and Charles Scott out of the game, it simply wasn’t there. Might not have been without the injuries either, but once Ingram got rolling things became really tough for LSU.

A 66-yard field-goal drive for Bama, a three-and-out for LSU, the Jones TD for Bama and a three-and-out for LSU. If not for running into the kicker, LSU would have gotten the ball back down six with 7:30 left to play. It’s hard to think Lee would have done much at that point, but it was LSU’s best shot to pull this one out.

The bad call on the Peterson interception one minute later cost LSU its final opportunity. But make no mistake – this game was won by Bama and Mark Ingram and lost by LSU, its lack of offense and injuries.

LSU / Alabama Preview & SEC Week 10 Picks

If LSU is to pull an upset in Tuscaloosa Saturday, a different Tiger offense is going to need to be on the field. Not so different in personnel, but far different in ideology.

LSU is not going to be successful pounding out a ground game against Alabama. The Tide has held six of its eight opponents to under 65 yards of rushing, and opponents average a mere 1.8 yards per carry against Fonzie’s rush defense. That is stout, to say the least. The Magic of Russell Shepard might produce a bit of offense in the seams, but LSU won’t win on the ground.

The Tigers will have to win this one through the air. That will be no easy task, either, as Alabama is a respectable 20th in the nation in pass defense. But it seems the only path to victory in this game.

I don’t think Jordan Jefferson needs to post a 300-yard game to win, but I think he needs to complete a lot of passes. To overcome Alabama’s power run game, LSU will need to move the ball and not let Bama wear down the Tiger defense. A quick pass offense might be able to make that happen. Running Charles Scott up the middle won’t.

And a strength of LSU has been a deep corps of receivers. Toliver, LaFell, Randle, Dickson, Jackson, Mitchell and Shepard can all make plays. Scott and Williams can catch it coming out of the backfield. LSU will need to turn the passing game loose and craft a throw-first attack to get the ball moving in this one.

As usual, I’m not sure we’ll see that kind of smart gameplan from LSU’s coaches. But we’ll die on the ground in Tuscaloosa.

Defensively, it’s hard to know what to expect out of Alabama beyond Mark Ingram. Julio Jones is lying in wait should Bama’s passing offense wake up again (the Tide averaged 234 passing yards per game in its first four contests and 126 per game in its last four). But I wouldn’t expect Saban to lead with the pass. LSU’s offense hasn’t earned that sort of fear, so until the Tigers score some points I would expect the Tide to be conservative and grind things out on the ground.

LSU will need to focus heavily on the run, give Jones to Patrick Peterson to cover and try to press Bama to throw the ball. That seems doable with a strong effort. Not easy, but doable.

So I think this game is winnable by LSU. But it would take an extraordinary offensive effort for that to happen as well as excellent defense. Unfortunately I think that’s too much to ask from this LSU team.

Bama 24 – 17

Elsewhere in the SEC:

It’s a pretty weak lineup beyond the LSU / Bama game.

South Carolina at Arkansas. The Cocks’ bad offense against The Hogs’ bad defense. Or The Hogs’ good offense against The Cocks’ good defense. Take your pick. Both of these teams are bordering on “wait ’til next year” mode, though the Cocks still have an 8-win season in their sights. Arkansas has crumbled in the face of good defenses this year, so I’ll go with USC.

Cocks 28 – 24

Vanderbilt at No. 1 Florida. Remember back early in the season when LSU’s win 23-9 over Vandy was considered to be a very good showing? The ‘Dores are now 2-7 and 0-5 in the SEC. Don’t look for this to be a week the Gators get shocked.

Florida 45 – 10

Memphis at Tennessee. This game barely warrants a sentence. There.

Vols 31 – 13

Tennessee Tech at Georgia, Furman at Auburn, Northern Arizona at Ole Miss, Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky.

Georgia, Auburn, Ole Miss, Kentucky

LSU / SEC Week 9 Recap

I’ll save any lessons learned from LSU / Tulane for the Alabama preview, but suffice it to say 42-0 is a very acceptable result. The Greenies had no ground game to speak of (54 positive yards; 26 net) and were held nicely in check through the air. Though Tulane went 26 for 37 through the air (70% completion), they gained just 190 yards (5.1 yards per attempt). LSU wasn’t spectacular offensively, but not moribund either. We are where we are, which feels better going into Tuscaloosa than I expected it to.

Elsewhere in the SEC:

This was my first perfect week of the season.

Georgia blew any shot it had at a Florida upset with four interceptions. The Dawgs actually looked like they had a shot in the game before things got totally out of hand in the third quarter. Statistically, UGA did pretty well, holding the Gators to a fairly typical 375 yards of offense and throwing down 286 offensive yards themselves. Considering that LSU managed just 162 yards against Florida, I’m envious of that. But interceptions killed them, as did allowing the Gators to score on four of their five first-half drives. Not even fancy black helmets and pants could overcome that.

Auburn was surprising in that they had somewhat of a passing game against Ole Miss. Their 226 total passing yards isn’t great when stacked up against Auburn’s first five games, but it beats the heck out of 81 against LSU or 95 against Kentucky.

Tennessee was helped along nicely by four South Carolina turnovers. The Vols have a shot to climb into a respectable position if they can take Ole Miss in a couple of weeks.

For the week: 7-0; for the season 58-8.

LSU / SEC Week 9 Picks

As I said in the wrap-up from last week, I think No. 9 LSU needs to use the Tulane game as a final tune-up for Alabama a week from now. Call that “looking past”, but it’s more about taking advantage of a situation to continue working on pressing needs.

Tulane is not good. They stand 95th in total offense and 96th in total defense playing a very weak schedule. Defensively the Tigers need to make sure they understand the Greenies’ game, but offensively this needs to be a directed practice of the concepts we’ll employ against the Tide.

If LSU ends up showing a strong passing game and can run the ball inside, I’ll end up feeling pretty good about the Bama game. The passing should happen, but I’m not so sure about the running. But if you can’t succeed with it against Tulane, it should really inform your game against Bama. So we’ll see.

LSU 34 – 10

Elsewhere in the SEC:

Georgia vs. No. 1 Florida. If there’s a spot for hope in this year’s game for UGA, it’s that the Dawgs’ biggest weakness is pass defense, and pass offense is Florida’s problem spot. But if Tebow has been unspectacular throwing the ball this season, meeting up with the squad that made Jonathan Crompton look great might just be what he needs to get rolling again. I think it’s clear that talent and past performance favors the Gators, but if Florida is really on a downswing and UGA had a good open date week of preparations, there could be a surprise in this game. Or the Gators could wake up and make this a blowout. I’m not predicting either of those, though.

Gators 23 – 20

No. 25 Ole Miss at Auburn. A real pivot game for the Rebels and War Eagles. Ole Miss is all but out of the SEC West race after coming in to the season with so much hype. Auburn is trying to salvage what looked for a while like a dream season for its new regime. If Auburn wins, they pull Ole Miss back to their three-loss level in the middle of the West pack. An Ole Miss win would separate the Rebels from the back half of the division and at least keep their season respectable. The big matchup question is Ole Miss’ not-great rush defense (60th) against the only part of the Auburn offense that seems to still work a little bit. I’m going to go with Auburn’s run game here.

Auburn 27 – 24

No. 22 South Carolina at Tennessee. Until last week, when Tennessee took Alabama to the end and South Carolina barely got past Vandy, I would have taken the Cocks here. Yes, Vandy only scored a field goal on offense, but South Carolina showed a disturbing lack of finishing in that game (431 yards of offense, no turnovers … and 14 points?).

Tennessee 15 – 13

Mississippi State at Kentucky. I’ll go with the Bulldogs’ ground game over Kentucky’s lack of a rush defense.

MSU 20 – 17

No. 11 Georgia Tech at Vandy. I pity the Vandy defense.

Ga. Tech 45 – 17

Eastern Michigan at Arkansas. This is the 0-7 Directional Michigan school.

Hogs 63 – 10

LSU / SEC Week 8 Recap

I’m trying hard to avoid feeling really good about No. 9 LSU after the thorough spanking the Tigers put on Auburn last Saturday. As I mentioned before, this is a deeply-flawed Auburn team. But while the 31-10 win over the War Eagles wasn’t some landmark victory for LSU, that game and others set up an intriguing context for the SEC West homestretch.

The two key things in the LSU / Auburn game were that the defense played to scale (if Kentucky holds them to 315 yards and 14 points, LSU holding them to 193 yards and 10 points is very good) and the offense broke loose (for the most part). There has to either be better production by LSU’s hammers (Charles Scott averaging two yards a carry won’t cut it) or a more imaginative ground game (i.e. Russell Shepard) for the Tigers to finish this season strong, but the passing game opening up was a very positive development. We will need Auburn-game numbers from Jordan Jefferson (21 for 31, 242 yards, 2 TDs) and our receivers to move the ball and open up the ground game going forward.

So we got exactly what we need to see on defense and about 70% of what we need to see on offense. Hopefully we’ll see more offensive tuning this week against Tulane.

But the other encouraging developments for LSU took place away from Baton Rouge on Saturday. Alabama’s struggles against Tennessee should be a huge motivational lift for the Tigers (and, unfortunately, Fonzie and the Tide), Arkansas showed itself to be very containable and Ole Miss finally got some offense, but against a horrible Arkansas defense.

In short, the SEC West is winnable for LSU. I don’t think I would have believed that a few weeks ago. Obviously Alabama will be a challenge, and we’ll need some kind of running game to win that one. It’s too much faith to put in the LSU staff to assume that will happen, but it’s possible. And, clearly, LSU can beat Ole Miss and Arkansas. I’ll stop short of saying a win over Alabama should be expected, but we should expect a competitive game at least.

Somebody asked me this week if LSU will look past Tulane in preparing for the Bama game. They say it shouldn’t be that way, but I think the Tigers will view the Greenies game as a scrimmage to prepare for Fonzie & Co. Offensively, we need to work more kinks out. The gameplan for Tulane should be one that aims at Alabama preparation. We’re talking about a 2-5 team that just fell to Southern Miss 43-6, after all. If the Tigers need to specifically focus on how to beat the Greenies, we’re in trouble. I think we’ll see a lot of Charles Scott and the offensive line working on run schemes, and more of Jefferson throwing deep.

Elsewhere in the SEC:

The only game I missed was Arkansas / Ole Miss. Give the Rebels credit for stopping the Mallett offense and finally breaking out their passing game.

Not much else needs to be said about Alabama / Tennessee. Clearly Bama is beatable, but I would have preferred a Tide blowout instead of the motivational lesson handed to Fonzie by the near-loss. Couple that with an open date this week and Bama is probably going to be better prepared for LSU than if they had beaten the Vols by 28.

Mississippi State made Tim Tebow cry (I have to assume that’s why he ran away from the media after the game) and has the Gators questioning themselves. That was fun and makes this week’s Florida / Georgia game a good one to watch. If Florida is to break out of the funk, what better opponent than Georgia? Or if the Gators are to fail, what better opponent to do it than Georgia?

For the week: 5-1; for the season 51-8.

My LSU beef this morning isn’t with the team

Whether it’s homerism or incompetence, there’s a narrative being laid out by The Advocate (the Baton Rouge daily, not the national gay newspaper) about last night’s LSU / Auburn game that’s just frustratingly wrong. This isn’t a criticism of the Tigers, who I think played an excellent game last night. It’s a criticism of LSU’s hometown newspaper – the outfit that puts more resources toward covering LSU football than any other and should be doing a better job.

The narrative put forth by The Advocate is that the LSU defense shut down a great offense. As mentioned in their main game story:

- “Although not a flawless performance, the thorough dismantling at Tiger Stadium — especially of one of the SEC’s best offenses — should be the tinder for a new topic of debate in Baton Rouge and around the league.”

- “For the defense, Saturday was just the latest chapter in a nicely unfolding story of season-long improvement, bordering on championship domination.”

- “LSU limited Auburn’s high-octane offense to a season-low 193 yards and forced three turnovers.”

- “Auburn (5-3, 2-3) entered the game ranked second in the SEC in total offense, rushing offense and passing offense.”

These themes are repeated in a secondary column headlined Tough night for Auburn:

- “Malzahn filled in more of those blanks, taking more than a fair share of time to talk about an LSU defense that held the Southeastern Conference’s No. 2 scoring offense (34.9 points a game), the No. 2 rushing offense (247.3 yards per game) and the No. 2 team in total offense (464.9 ypg) to three points, 112 net rushing yards and 193 total yards.”

It’s a nice story and very complimentary of LSU’s defense. Unfortunately, it’s not reality. I can’t find a single reference in The Advocate’s post-game coverage to the recent history of Auburn’s offense, and specifically the spectacular flame-out of Dead Arm Chris Todd.

And it doesn’t take much to understand the real story here – Auburn’s offense started the season really strong but has completely unraveled as their passing game disappeared and the team became one-dimensional. Through the first four games of the season (La. Tech, Miss. State, W. Virginia and Ball State), Auburn was averaging 526 yards and 45 points a game. Very respectable given two non-patsies early on. But after a decent performance against Tennessee (459 yards, 26 points), something went very wrong. The War Eagles managed just 375 yards and 23 points against Arkansas (No. 105 nationally in total defense) and then just 315 yards and 14 points against Kentucky (No. 59 in total defense). In those games, Auburn passed for 133 and 95 yards, respectively.

For whatever reason, Auburn no longer has a “high-octane” offense and is clearly not “one of the SEC’s best offenses”. That LSU held them to just 193 yards and 10 points is great – it would be really concerning if they hadn’t – but it’s important to understand the context. And that context is promising. LSU recognized Auburn’s weaknesses, game-planned to take advantage of them and executed really well. That approach will come in handy against a vulnerable Alabama offense.

We should have accurate context from the Baton Rouge paper. Very good things came out of the Auburn game, but apparently The Advocate doesn’t understand what they are.

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