When I got the e-mail about writing an article about LSU fans' expectations for the rest of the year, I didn’t know what to say. Writing an article about expectations for the rest of the year BEFORE the Auburn game just didn’t compute with me. At that point my expectations were somewhere between SEC championship and third place in the division.
This game has been the fork in the road for the Tigers for most of the past decade, the winner having the edge in the Western division. Having it be the first SEC game of the season didn’t help either.
If we won, we had a shot at winning the division, earning a spot in the championship, BCS game etc., etc. Lose, and well, we’d most likely be watching either Auburn or Alabama in Atlanta instead of actually being there.
I couldn’t say much about the Tigers after seeing their first two games. Yes, we annihilated two teams, but so what? Playing average football and scoring 41 points doesn’t help you score points in Jordan-Hare stadium. So even though Auburn wasn’t looking as strong as I thought they were going to be, neither were we.
Fast forward to Saturday night, 11:00 PM EST, The Friendly Confines Sports Bar in Orlando, FL: GEAUX TIGERS! T-I-G-E-R-S TIGERS! L-S-U, L-S-U, L-S-U, L-S-U!
OK, sorry, had to be done—I couldn’t help it. I am pleased to say that we may have found a QB and at the same time greatly brightened the outlook for the rest of the season. Don’t get me wrong: Our biggest tests of the season are yet to come, but at least we have a foothold in the division race.
Jarrett Lee somehow found his man-stones, erasing the horrible performance he was putting together in the first half, and delivered the first win the Tigers have gotten at Jordan-Hare since 1998. That’s two coaches ago!
Charles Scott played like a monster. Is he the best RB we’ve had in the past couple years? Heisman candidate? Just kidding, but seriously, first LSU RB to ever rush for over 100 yards at Auburn?
Our defense isn’t unstoppable, but I can’t think of another group of guys scarier than Tyson Jackson and Ricky Jean-Francois.
Demetrius Byrd and Brand LaFell are still the wonder twins of receiving and hopefully will start to be even more dangerous now that we have better QB play.
Here’s a breakdown of the remaining games.
Won’t be as competitive as I once thought. Win easily.
Tim Tebow is Superman. If we win this one I will go ballistic. Won’t be surprised to lose.
See Miss St. explanation, except watch out for Spurrier trickery.
Sequel to my favorite game in Tiger Stadium? Yes please, but won't be surprised to lose this one either.
If we lose the rest of our games and win this one, I’ll be content. Saban will get a "warm" reception in BR.
It’s not likely that Houston Nutt will be able to bust at Tiger Stadium two years in a row.
That place is a mess, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arkansas give us trouble getting back “The Boot.”
Les Miles is a crazy man, but he is a crazy man that I have come to admire over the past three years. He has dealt with a lot of crap up until the game last night (Screw You Ryan Perrilloux!) but it’s looking like it won’t hold us back as much as I thought.
No doubt that we have a long season ahead of us, but artificially or not, the expectations in Baton Rouge have skyrocketed for this season.
First things first though: Win the SEC West, and everything else follows from there. For now I will just have to trust in The Hat.