A lot of people had their doubts about the 2011 LSU Tigers.
Whether it was the back-and-forth rumors about a Les Miles departure, or the suspension of quarterback Jordan Jefferson and the promotion of Jarrett Lee to replace him, or the overall play of the defense, many were wondering how they could have even be ranked in the top five heading into the season.
Well, it looks as though there should be a lot less doubting about LSU after it throttled a battered Florida team 41-11 in Tiger Stadium on Saturday.
In a game where people began to doubt what LSU would do at quarterback with the return of Jefferson, Lee showed his poise and confidence by going 7-of-10 for 154 yards and a touchdown. However, the story was the rest of the LSU team that showed there is more to the team than its quarterback situation. Running back Spencer Ware had two rushing touchdowns to go along with 100-plus rushing yards, Alfred Blue had 70 yards to go along with a rushing touchdown and Jefferson saw limited action but managed a short touchdown pass to Mitch Joseph.
The stingy LSU defense held the Florida Gators, who were forced to their third-string quarterback in Jacoby Brissett, to only 11 points, and continued to shine as one of the best defenses in the entire SEC. LSU is playing some of the best football right now and is in perfect control of its own destiny to the BCS National Championship. And the Tigers have done it all with a second-string quarterback and a physical, hard-nosed defense.
At this point in the season, there should be very few who should continue to doubt what LSU is fully capable of. The Tigers showed plenty of it to all of Gator nation, who aren't likely to forget it anytime soon.