LSU: Tear in the Eye of the Tigers

Dale WeaverCorrespondent INovember 15, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  The mascot of the Louisiana State University Tigers cheers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I found myself almost despondent after having watched the LSU Tigers brush back the pesky Bulldogs of La. Tech. Most likely, this was one of the least exciting games I’ve ever seen the Tigers play.

To see and hear Tiger Stadium so quiet, with exception to a few boos when the offense looked like they partied all night and woke up just in the nick of time to play, baffles me. Maybe homecoming festivities were the night before?

Also, was it just me, or did everyone hold their breath when Jarrett Lee threw every pass? I guess I wasn't the only person getting a little light-headed?

Anyway, stupor…that’s the word I was looking for. That’s a good description of how the Bayou Bengals looked overall.

They had a better second half, but the game was much closer than it should have been.

Please, I can't stomach any coach speak on how much of a challenge the 'other' schools players were...just holster it.

Granted, Coach Dooley for La. Tech coached a great game and the Bulldogs came into Death Valley with a chip on their shoulders. Just ask Terrance Toliver.

But the biggest question that kept coming to my mind while watching…well, between channel surfing, was how LSU would finish this year.

There’s no doubt that the Alabama loss punched the air out of all the hopes of having a spectacular season, but it’s the same punch from last year that left LSU "airless" for the remaining three games.

After last year's overtime home loss to Alabama, LSU struggled to beat Troy, and were handed losses from…ummm, well…the same two teams we play this year, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Take away the win against Ga. Tech, and the Tigers would have been looking in the mirror and have no clue who was starring back at them asking, 'who are you?'

Which brings to mind my next question!

Who are you, LSU Football team?

The most complete game you’ve played thus far was against Auburn, which happened to be the game after the Florida loss.

It’s almost funny to think about. It feels like the Tigers knew that the loss to Florida was not going to kill them for a national title, but the loss to Alabama was the proverbial nail in the coffin.  The look of a team who's only going through the motions.

Maybe not, but with Ole Miss and Arkansas left on the schedule, has many Tiger fans wondering...more like worrying.

Do these Tigers have what it takes to battle past the defeat of not reaching their ultimate goal?

Or will these Tigers look in the mirror with a tear in their eye, knowing that they could have done better, but didn’t have the guts to prove it?

I believe they will. Geaux Tigers!