by Chris Lowery, Contributing Writer and LSU Alum
The world is right again.
Last week I used some harsh language to articulate my disdain for the style of play that West Virginia employs. I knew eventually there fun lovin’, run and name your verb but play no defense aerial assault, would eventually crumble on its baseless foundation—I just didn’t know when. I thought maybe this week when they hosted Colin Klein and the undefeated Wildcats, but Texas Tech delivered me a much needed football gift with their 49-14 throttling of the Mountaineers last weekend. It’s not West Virginia, per se, that I get my blood all boiled over, it’s their beauty in winning—when they do win—that I feel attracts others to follow suit, which I believe takes away from the hard-nosed pageantry that attracted me to football in the first place. I just hope that, with a confident Kansas State team coming to town, Silence of the Lambs star and West Virginia Head Coach, Dana Holgorsen, will retrieve his defense from the cellar where they’ve been rubbing lotion on the skin, or else their Big 12 title hopes will be joining them come Saturday night.
For those of you who don’t know, LSU- Texas A&M is a renewed rivalry. LSU has only played Tulane and Rice more times than they have played the Aggies. For us LSU fans, this is more than just another SEC road game. And you better believe the players know this too. Bad blood permeated between these two teams during the 80’s and 90’s, and with conference championship hopes on the line for both teams you can expect that bad blood to instantly re-emerge. LSU is coming off a huge 23-21 home win over South Carolina, one in which they set the world right and dominated in every facet except the final score, and the Aggies enter at 5-1, with just as much hope and possibility at an SEC title as the Tigers. There’s no question that if LSU can control themselves from looking ahead to ‘Bama, control the tempo and play just half of the defensive game they played last weekend, that they will walk off Kyle Field with a W. But will they do that? Texas A&M and the 12th man will be more than geeked up for this one, and with an 11:00 a.m. start time—a far cry from the night games typically enjoyed by LSU—the Tigers better come ready and focused.
Please, Oh Please, Stop the Gator Madness
The Gamecocks are a better team than the Gators… when they’re at home. On the road this year, South Carolina has struggled against the likes of Vanderbilt and Kentucky, and, now, also lost to LSU. Florida, on the other hand, is by far the most overachieving SEC team I have seen in quite some time—but they keep finding ways to win and now find themselves ranked number two in the country. Their offense is anemic, and they play good but not revolutionary defense. This may sound like the ramblings of a jaded LSU fan whose team lost in the Swamp, but just watch them play and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Everything is on the line when it comes to the East race. If the Gamecocks win, they instantly jump back into first, if they lose, well, they’re dead in the water and Florida will keep thumping along. It’s not that I don’t admire what Will Muschamp and the Gators are doing it’s just that I’m not “hearing Jimmy,” as Wesley Snipes explained to good ole’ Woody Harrelson.
Let’s Take A Moment And Salute The Leprechaun
I mention this game because unlike Florida and West Virginia, I’m really “hearing” the Irish right now. They keep thumping along with a decent offense and a hardnosed defense led by Manti Te’O. Forgive me for not knowing how Leprechaun’s are lucky, which I would then introduce in a hyperbolic way, but I do know the “Luck of the Irish” is in full effect. How else can you explain Stanford running back, Stephan Taylor, scoring a touchdown but it not counting? And I don’t even care. I’m enjoying their run. It no doubt has to do with the fact that I haven’t watched an episode of College Football Final this year (The Lou Holtz Phenomena), but, nonetheless, what the Irish are doing is special and should be applauded. But I still can’t shake the feeling that this team has two losses in them somewhere. Hopefully I’m wrong.
Wow, I can’t believe I just said that.