LSU Football: Tigers Win 2011's Game of the Century

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IISeptember 4, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers during play against the Oregon Ducks at Cowboys Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Like the Daytona 500 starting off the NASCAR season, college football always likes a monster kickoff to get everybody on their feet in Week 1.

This year wasn't any different, with LSU taking on Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in a clash between the third and fourth-ranked teams in the nation. 

If we're honest, only one team turned up.

It wasn't Oregon.  

The Ducks' vaunted running game collapsed under the weight of having a completely new offensive line and a speedy, speedy LSU defensive front. On the other side of the ball, their defense collapsed under the continued battering of the LSU running backs. To make matters worse, they made mistake after mistake and committed four turnovers. 

What also hurt the Ducks in their disappointing 40-27 loss was the fact that LaMichael James (having him in your fantasy team is a mistake, people!) came off for quite a while with cramps. However, even he probably couldn't have done anything exceptional against a Tigers defense which would have stopped just about anyone out there. 

While we're giving credit, we've got to give it to Les freakin' Miles.

He managed life without Jordan Jefferson easily (and that's probably because he hasn't had a good quarterback in the Tiger family since JaMarcus Russell) and while Jarrett Lee's 10-22, 98-yard, one TD performance was far from mind-blowing, it was efficient enough not to make the Tigers want to drag him out there and shoot him.

Anyway, this is a good LSU team. Oregon? They need to sort out their offensive line issues. Fast.