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So I see an article titled, "What teams are on the hottest seat this bowl season?" by one of my favorite writers in Pete Fiutak (Rick Reilly will always be at the top of that list) and I'm thinking, surely LSU has to be on that list.
But to my surprise, certainly not my dismay, the Tigers were not on that list.
Northwestern is No. 10, East Carolina is No. 9 and Georgia is at No. 8.
Not quite sure about Northwestern and East Carolina, even though Northwestern is looking to break a five-game bowl losing streak.
I understand Georgia because the Bulldogs were considered the top team in the nation by some folks way back when.
The Bulldogs face Michigan State on Jan. 1 in the Capital One Bowl. Losing to Alabama and Florida might be permissable on some levels to UGA fans, Georgia Tech certainly not. But a loss to Michigan State on New Year's Day will have Mark Richt dodging a lot of banquet circuit events in the spring.
At No. 7 is Texas, and yes, the Longhorns have a tough task in trying to prove they should have been worthy of playing for a national title in their game against an Ohio State team not many consider Ohio Statish (that's my word, not Fiutak's). Penn State comes in a No. 6 and expecting them to beat USC may be asking a bit too much.
The top five starting at No. 5 are Virginia Tech, Utah, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame (the Irish seem to always be on a list).
OK, so no LSU, even though Tiger fans will surely tell you LSU needs to make a good showing or there may be some 5-star recruits having other thoughts about where to spend their next three or four years.
While a lot of folks do not see any way LSU can stop Georgia Tech's option offense, I believe you will see a different type LSU defense show up for this game.
I also believe the seniors will show up with a little more pride and stronger work ethic than they have shown most of this year.
Demetrius Byrd and Darry Beckwith were just a couple of the big disappointments for me this year. Sure, I know Byrd did not have much of a chance with the quarterback situation, but he seemed to pout more than work harder to make the situation better. Just watch his lack of blocking in a couple of games.
But we don't need to spend a lot of time re-hashing the season. Talk about opening old wounds.
Hopefully, LSU coaches will not have a tight rein on Jordan Jefferson and an even looser rein on the Tiger defense and just let them do what they do best, blitz, fly to the football and not spend a lot of time trying to figure out what the defensive coaches were asking them to do - which didn't work most of the season.
The passing game (yes, Virginia, there is a passing game at LSU) will open up things again for Charles Scott.
LSU's offensive line will play up to its potential and the defensive line will finally rise to the occasion.
LSU will play like a team that is on the hot seat and end the year a whole lot better than some of those teams on that list.
LSU 28, Georgia Tech 21.
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