What We Have Learned About LSU Football So Far

Matthew SmithCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers watches the game against the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium 31-3 on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The college football season is three weeks in. We have seen teams shine (Miami, even Washington a little) and we have seen teams struggle. For the LSU Tigers, it has been a long three weeks, but they have gotten better every time they have stepped on the field.

In game one, LSU traveled the 2,600 miles up to Seattle to face a Washington team who had not won a game in over a year and had a new coach. Most expected LSU to blow away the Huskies, but that was not the case as LSU only won by eight, 31-23. Although it should be noted Washington has proven to be much improved this season (ask USC).

Week two brought Vanderbilt to town, and with them the start of the SEC schedule. LSU stepped up on a rainy night and the defense (who struggled in Seattle) held Vandy to seven points (yes seven, two of Vandy's points were on an LSU safety). LSU held on for the 23-9 victory over the Commodores.

Week three brought in-state "rival" ULL. I use rival for lack of a better word, as this series is completely in favor of LSU so far. Only UL fans seemed to think they would stand a chance in Death Valley, which obviously was not the case.

Jordan Jefferson was able to air the ball out way more in week three, and was mostly sucessful. However, he did throw his first interception of the year, which was on an under-thrown ball to the endzone. The defense stepped up and only allowed three points and 272 total yards.

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So where does LSU stand?

Offensively, LSU still struggled to run the football. Charles Scott led the team with only 63 rushing yards, however Jefferson played well and threw two nice touchdown passes to Brandon Lafell,. Jarrett Lee showed he will not mess up when called on to take Jefferson's place.

The offensive numbers were not very good but the defense was solid, led by Chad Jones who had two interceptions. They also showed they have a huge heart on a fourth-down stop on the LSU one-yard line.

John Chavis has pulled this defensive unit into a nice group, and they will continue to improve as the season rolls on. Gary Crowton will continue to open the playbook more and more as the season continues to move on.

LSU has a tough schedule from here on out, and will have to be ready every weekend to be able to win the SEC West. LSU has games at Mississippi St. and UGA before returning to Death Valley for the epic matchup against Florida.

The other important thing is Russell Shepard is a true athlete who can—and will—contribute to the offense this year and in the future. Also, the UL game saw the first true Wild Tiger formation with Shepard in the backfield, and Jefferson split out wide.

Only time will tell what will come of this LSU team, but by the looks of it this Tiger team has the make-up to be special. What special means, we will not find out until much later in the season.


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