Morgantown, WV: On Saturday's edition of College Gameday West Virginia basketball coach Bob "Huggy Bear" Huggins picked the Mountaineers to upset the LSU Tigers because they had never experienced a place like Morgantown before.
It turns out that Morgantown had never seen a road show like the Bayou Bengals, on or off the field.
Off the field, thousands of LSU faithful—a few of whom introduced classes of WVU students and professors to the "Tiger Bait" tradition—made the journey of more than 1000 miles to support the No.2 ranked Tigers in their third—in four weeks—battle away from home against a Top 25, high powered offensive opponent.
That's where these Tigers can make history, on the field.
LSU faces a schedule that includes—counting the three already beaten—no less than six ranked teams in the regular season with a potential for two more in the postseason. If Tennessee and Auburn—both currently receiving votes for the Top 25—can break into the rankings LSU could face up to 10 nationally ranked teams in one season.
In 2007, Les Miles led the Tigers to their fourth National Championship—second in the BCS—by facing eight teams in the Top 25. LSU became just the fifth team in history to record seven victories against the nation’s best.
Only the 2002 USC Trojans have faced more—nine—going 7-2 versus the Top 25 in route to the Orange Bowl that year.
With a defense that makes plays as often as coach Miles gets referred to as lucky or mad and an offense—led by senior QB Jarrett Lee with a 145 pass efficiency rating and six TDs—that has learned to pass and catch nearly as well as they run—gaining 759 yards in four games—LSU has the kind of balance needed to be very special.
It is early and as Les Miles said to ESPN’s Erin Andrews, it might be better to “sneak up on No.1 later in the year”
It might be too late for that coach, with two Game Day features and three nationally televised Top 25 routes under your belt it’s a pretty safe bet that LSU will not be flying under anybody’s radar any time soon.
Just keep winning and you might be sneaking up on history.
In a related story: the Football has found her soul mate.
Since Walter Camp—the Father of American Football—helped institute rule changes to Rugby and Association Football back in the late 19 century thousands of Teams with 11 young men each have faced off to fight for her—the Football’s—affections.
In LSU sophomore CB Tyrann Mathieu the Football seems to have found her one true love. In just his fifth start—13 games played in—Mathieu has tied LSU’s team record for forced fumbles (seven) and has added three interceptions and three fumble recoveries and leads the team this year in tackles with 30 including three tackles for loss.
With .52 remaining in the first half Mathieu got a hand on a Geno Smith pass that batted the Football into the air and she arched her way right back into no.7’s arms to set up the Tiger’s second touchdown off of a Mathieu forced turnover for the night.
Mathieu continues to rack up accolades which included first team All-American Defensive honors last year and he has been named Defensive player of the Week this year for his week one help in dismantling the Oregon Duck’s "Blur" offense.
If Mathieu keeps it up and The Football continues finding her way into his arms this kid my find his way into the books as the most prolific defensive player in LSU’s storied History.