In Week 5 of the 2006 season, LSU demolished Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, 48-17. LSU went on to go 11-2 and rip Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.
It's 2007, and the LSU Tigers opened up the season ranked #2 in the nation. USC being #1. LSU is having to replace some big names from it's offense. Matt Flynn in place of Jamarcus Russell. Early Doucet and company for Craig Davis and Dwayne Bowe. LSU's defense was the best in the land last season, and look to repeat that once again. There are huge expectations for this team. And the schedule is very favorable for a 1 loss or less season.
At Mississippi State
vs #9 Virginia Tech
vs Middle Tennessee State
vs South Carolina
vs #6 Florida
vs #18 Auburn
vs Louisiana Tech
vs #21 Arkansas
The biggest games are: VT, FLA, AUB, ALA, and ARK.
Tonight LSU got the 2007 season kicked off. And the offense really looked sluggish. Even when starting in Miss. St. territory LSU couldn't sustain a drive early on. The 1st quarter ended with LSU up 3-0. The defense was what won tonight's game. Michael Henig, the quarterback for Miss. State, threw a dreadful 4 INT's in the 1st half. His passes were sailing on him the entire time. I do remember during the 2nd Quarter, he had a WR that had a step on his man going down the middle of the field, but by the time Henig saw him it was too late. He had to heave the ball a massive distance, and the ball got hung up and then intercepted. LSU closed out the 2nd Quarter with two quick TD's coming off of TO's. Keiland Williams punched it in twice from short yardage including one to make it 17-0 as the final four seconds ticked off in the half. LSU's offense was not in sync the entire 1st Half that was dominated by defense. Mississippi State's defense was outstanding. Titus Brown was all over the field, at the defensive end spot. He was in Flynn's face all night, and helped force Flynn to rush eight times in the 1st half. Mississippi State wen't into the half with hope, all due to their defense.
As far as the 2nd half...Henig threw two more INT's, LSU's offense started scoring at will, and Henig was consistently batted around and sandwiched by LSU defensive linemen. The 2nd half was all LSU. Mississippi State's offense never looked put together all night. LSU's defense only allowed nine 1st downs and 149 yards of offense from the Bulldogs. And even during the 3rd Quarter, Mississippi State's defense was playing hard. They were playing passionately. And they didn't begin to falter until the offense continued to put them inside their own 20, and trying to stop a freight train.
Game Ball Went To: Craig Steltz (3 INT's)
Next week, LSU will have to bring it against Virginia Tech. LSU's defense will do just fine I would assume. It's the offense that needs to show up. Granted, they did put up 45 points, but that was because of the amount of TO's forced that put the offense in a short field, and how demoralized State was by the end of the game. Tech has a stellar defense and the game won't be a game where LSU can let up in. This next game will prove to the country that they are deserving of the #2 ranking and a projected spot in the National Title Game.
And I'll be sitting in front of the TV, maybe with a few of my relatives in little ol' St. Martinville chanting "LSU! LSU! LSU! LSU! LSU! LSU!"