Hello Tiger fans. Our next opponent is Ole Miss, another SEC west rival and another obstacle in between LSU and possibly the playoff. While we have the potential to be beaten by anybody (aka Troy), we also have the potential to beat anybody, as proven against Auburn last Saturday. I’m hoping this is the game where everything clicks: Arden key shakes off the dust, Derrius Guice breaks out and shows his true colors, Rashard Lawrence returns to 110%, and we execute all our plays with precision. Our time is now!
Ole Miss isn’t quite as strong on defense as Auburn. In fact, they allow an average of 37 points per game. Last year Leonard Fournette shredded them for 18 yards per carry. Derrius Guice has a chance to show that he’s Heisman worthy against one of the worst rush defenses in the SEC.
Danny Etling needs to prove that LSU can rely on his arms and legs to win the game. Our offense has had a lot of bright spots in the past two weeks. For example, the jet sweep against Florida, and the back-shoulder pass against Auburn. If we can execute our plays like Matt Canada has drawn them up, watch out! LSU has great potential to score into the 40s in this game.
Ole Miss’ strength is in the right arm of its quarterback, Shea Patterson. He has the best passer rating in the SEC and will certainly have some success against LSU. However, the way LSU’s defensive backs played against Auburn makes me believe we can limit his impact. While LSU blankets Ole Miss receivers, Arden Key should be wreaking havoc off the edge.
They have a good run game but Aranda learned his lesson from Auburn and I promise you they will not get 200 yards rushing against Devin White and company. Maybe we can once again show off that invincible defense that dominated BYU when we were all healthy. This is a definite win for LSU if that’s the case. Last game we made one freshman mistake that cost us a touchdown, maybe this game we won’t make any.
Well Micah, it looks like your predictions were spot on for the LSU – Ole Miss game. Guice was phenomenal and Danny was pretty good, getting a td running. I was most impressed with LSU’s freshman heavy O Line, who blew Ole Miss away. LSU is in about as strong a position as we could have hoped for heading into the Bama game on 4 Nov. Could be interesting.
Hey Poppy, even you sound more optimistic than usual. I think LSU has a good chance to win our date with Alabama. As long as nobody gets injured over our two weeks of practice we should be playing with a full team at the peak of its performance. See y’all soon!
agree Micah. They won’t be able to get away with their usual stupid stuff like dead ball penalties, fumbles, interceptions, etc. It will have to be a clean game with Danny performing beyond anything he has shown to date.
I agree Danny is going to have to bring his A-game to even have a shot at victory. However, I think I may be more concerned with stopping Alabama’s run game. They have been averaging 300 yrs rushing per game, which is impressive no matter who you are playing. Their QB is really just adds another elusive running back to the mix. Run defense has been one of LSU’s weaknesses this year, and cannot wait until the 2nd half to start plugging gaps up the middle like the defense did against Auburn. Hoping to see Aranda take advantage of the man coverage success and maybe stuff the box with an extra safety or hybrid LB until Alabama proves they have a pass threat, but I am sure he will have a better game plan than me. Geaux Tigers!!
Micah, I’ve appreciated your posts and positive attitude this season. I think LSU’s early season woes unearthed some of your writing talent while also uncovering some young tiger players hidden talent (Delpit, White, Magee, Monroe, etc.). I was discouraged by how quickly many LSU fans became caustic after the Troy loss. How quickly we forget history lessons. UAB and ULM – that is who Nick Saban lost to his first season at LSU and Bama. He also lost 4 in a row at the end of his first 2007 season, so yes, I give Coach O a mulligan on his first season (the whole season, not just 1 game). He inherited a relatively good program, but injuries, young players, and new coaches always bring growing pains. I am glad to see the adversity made them stronger and that they were able to filter out the background noise. I have to throw in #73 representing my old school Franklinton HS with Pro Football Focus giving him the best OL performance vs Auburn in his first start. The future looks bright. Now we wait to see what 11/4 holds . . .
Thanks for replying. I really appreciate it. We miss watching the games at your house. Your right about the attitude towards Coach O. Even the most optimistic Tiger fans thought it was going to be a six loss season like Saban’s first year at Alabama. Even though they thought we should give Orgeron a chance nobody believed we could turn it around and possibly be looking at an SEC championship. All truths will be revealed. Alabama hasn’t even played a team in the top 25 yet and Jalen Hurts puts up sub-150-yards passing routinely. We could expose them or be exposed. Just imagine next year and the year after when all these freshman who already are experienced and talented are on their third and fourth year. Its looking good.
Wow! This last game was really fun to watch. The last two, while ending with a great win, were sometimes difficult to see. It was nice to be able to see Guice really healthy and playing so well.
Hopefully, we will be able to play Bama with a lot of healthy players.
Hey Nana, I’ve been a nervous wreck during these games but in the end its all the more relieving. I’m excited to play Alabama! We got this!
They haven’t played a team like us. I hope we can visit y’all soon.