"It's Saturday Night in Death Valley!"
LSU heads into week two of the college football season with one of the most impressive victories thus far in college football. TCU is picked by some to win the Big 12, and the Horned Frogs' performance on Saturday showed their might in the trenches.
The Tigers will lick their wounds in time to play UAB. The Blazers led by 14 in the fourth quarter versus Troy last week, but eventually lost on a last-second field goal by the Trojans. UAB went 2-of-13 on 3rd down and committed 13 penalties for 96 yards.
UAB has a talented team. Their offense is powerful and they are predicted to finish high in Conference USA
But no matter what the Blazers do, they stand no chance to beat the Tigers in Baton Rouge.
LSU has a history of playing lethargic football versus lesser opponents. Games against inferior opponents can be boring. Former LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery admitted he took plays off in matchups such as these.
But the battle for superior teams in cupcake games is often not their opponents, but themselves. Players improve against fresh opposition at game speed. Coaches must encourage their players to mend mistakes they made the week before.
A perfect example was when the Towson Tigers came into Baton Rouge last season.
It was a damp day and a pathetic crowd. LSU defeated their Tiger counterpart, but committed 10 penalties and three turnovers in the process. Towson brought the lumber in the trenches, as LSU took a physical beating on some plays between the tackles.
LSU won the game, but their was no question which team of Tigers were fiercer.
The next week, LSU went Gainesville to play Florida. The Tigers lost 14-6, and looked even sloppier. There clearly looked to be a hangover from the week before.
LSU must look to improve from their mistakes versus TCU against UAB. They cannot afford another Towson-esque setback this season.