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There are definitely two sides to this heated topic: was it a good thing or was it a bad thing to play LSU at Jerry's World the first weekend of the season?
Before the game, I came down hard on the "we'll play anyone, anywhere, anytime" Chip Kelly side. If you don't play the best, you can't be the best.
There is also no question that this trip and this game was one of the most fun experiences for the fans of both teams. It was a blast. The only negative was the alumni association's pre-game party—outside in Dallas in 103 temp, no cheerleaders, no Duck. What were y'all thinking?
It wasn't until about a week or so after the devastating loss that doubt began to creep in for me.
Maybe Portland State isn't such a bad first week opponent. Maybe the new freshmen—however outstanding they will be someday—need to get their fumbles out of the way in a game in which we can recover from those mistakes.
But it was still great fun for the fans and wonderful being the center of the college football universe for a week.
So, I'm not really sure what we learned from this experience except that it was surely a case of risk/reward. Let's just don't forget it.