Jordan Jefferson, LSU Football Become Less of a Threat Ahead of Cowboys Classic

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Jordan Jefferson, LSU Football Become Less of a Threat Ahead of Cowboys Classic
Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers throws under pressure from Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

For LSU football fans, hearing of the developments of the bar fight involving four stars is like watching a train wreck happen in slow motion. You see how bad it's about to become, but nothing can stop it.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson, offensive lineman Chris Davenport, defensive lineman Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry are the focus of the investigation.

For Jefferson and Johns, today things only got worse.

The two LSU football stars have been charged with second degree battery, a felony. Regardless of the strings that Les Miles can pull, it seems almost certain that Jefferson is not going to play in the Cowboys Classic on September 3rd.

Instead, the likely starter is Jarrett Lee.

Lee appeared in 10 games for the Tigers last year, completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 573 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Lee and Jefferson are about equal in terms of accuracy, and I use the term accuracy lightly. The last time Lee received significant playing time takes us back to 2008, when he threw 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Last season, Jefferson threw seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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However, Jefferson was more of a dual threat than Lee. Indeed, last season, Jefferson had seven rushing touchdowns.

The Tigers are now left with a backup quarterback who hasn't seen significant playing time in three years, isn't accurate and can't scramble out of the pocket.

Meanwhile, the Ducks will have Daron Thomas, who threw for 2,881 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions a year ago.

Advantage Oregon.

Lee will not be a factor in this game. With such little time for him to prepare to start, he will be rattled from the first snap to the moment the clock hits zero.

On the other side of the ball, Daron Thomas will be LSU's worst nightmare.

However, if Oregon wins this game, you can be sure that LSU fans will always look back on it and claim that if they played again with Jefferson, the outcome would be different, and how Oregon doesn't deserve any respect. 

This isn't the national championship though. If Cam Newton had been suspended from the BCS title game and Oregon went on to win, people would always put an asterisk by it and never give the Ducks any respect for beating a team without their best player. As important as it is, this is just one game of the regular season. Both teams could go on to win the rest of their games, or never recover. It's college football, and anything can happen.

Don't get me wrong, LSU is still a good team. However, without Jordan Jefferson calling the shots, Oregon catches a break. The Ducks now needn't be concerned with a scrambling quarterback, which will take a lot of pressure off their defense.

With Jordan Jefferson now in the custody of the Baton Rouge Police Department, Oregon's quest for the crystal ball suddenly just got a little easier.

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