Tigers Performance Against Tennessee Proves LSU to Be the Nation's Best

Regan GardnerContributor IIOctober 18, 2011

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15:  Spencer Ware #11 of the LSU Tigers rushes over Brian Randolph #37 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The LSU doubters reveled Saturday as the Tigers displayed arguably their poorest performance of the season against the Tyler Bray-less Volunteers.

Sure the Tigers won 38-7, but in Oxford, MS the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide demolished Ole Miss 52-7 behind the legs of RB Trent Richardson and a suffocating defense.  This simple line should mean that Alabama is the best team in the nation, as many radio pundits are beginning to whisper, yet it is far from the truth.

Of course, none of this matters as both teams and all of College football have November 5th as the target date for what some are speculating as the game of the year.

Why LSU's victory over the Volunteers proves the Tigers are the nations best though, is the immense talent difference displayed.

Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley defeatedly admitted as much while stating: "It wasn't a really complex game, in the first half, I thought we competed our tails off and had a couple of real bad mistakes that was ultimately the difference in the first half. In the second half, we had a couple of third-down opportunities where we didn't execute and they pounded us. I don't know any other way to say it."

This wasn't a case of LSU winning ugly, nor was it a case of LSU being over-confident.  This was simply a game in which LSU wanted to win, and not embarrass an opponent.

Look to the second quarter, when LSU started finally come alive.  LSU led 17-7 going into the half, and even the Tennessee faithful knew that the game was already over.  Apparently so did LSU Head Coach Les Miles, when he replaced QB Jarrett Lee with the more mobile Jordan Jefferson.

Jefferson along with the stable of young running backs methodically controlled the ball for 22 of 30 minutes in the second half, while amassing 222 total yards to Tennessee's 66.

The Vols, in effect, held the ball three times in the second half. The Tigers, behind a punishing run game, simply played keep away, because they could.

What more do the Tigers need to do?  Should they have put up 62 points, just to prove to critics or to best Alabama's whooping over the Rebels?

The Tigers have already made their case with their out of conference schedule, and their seven straight victories by double digit points.  

No disrespect to Alabama, because while the Tigers are clearly No. 1, the Crimson Tide are No. 1a, and with each passing week the anticipation grows until what is sure to be an epic game.

Instead of the constant debate between fans, each fan should simply consider themselves lucky to have a chance to watch such an event.