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With two games to go, LSU has lost one game and is sitting at No. 5 in the BCS standings.
Who would have thought it before the season?
Certainly not me. And certainly not Auburn being the only loss at this stage.
I knew the quarterback situation would be problem. And it has.
But I don't put that all on Jordan Jefferson.
Sure, Jefferson makes bad decisions. But I don't believe the coaching staff has put him in the best situations to run the offense.
Jefferson is no option quarterback, yet they continue to run it.
The only game where the coaches have really let Jefferson loose was in the second half against Alabama. And he thrived.
I believe when the coaches put the handcuffs on Jefferson, it affects his confidence, as well.
You look back at the Chik-Fil-A Bowl against Georgia Tech when the coaches turned him loose and Jefferson looked like an All-American.
When he was finally allowed to throw the ball deep against Alabama, Jefferson was pumped up and playing with great confidence.
Sure, he's going to make mistakes. But if you allow him to try and hit the big play, he will come through more times than not.
The fact Houston Nutt has had LSU's number the past few years should be enough motivation for the Tigers to realize they are in for a battle against the Rebel Black Bears Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Not to mention the dreaded 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
LSU needs something positive to happen early. This will not be the same Ole Miss team that was dominated by Tennessee or shocked by Jacksonville State.
In its three Southeastern Conference road games this season, Ole Miss has been outscored a collective 45-0 in the first quarter. By halftime, that's increased to 68-20.
In the Rebels' lone SEC win of the season, a 42-35 win over Kentucky, Ole Miss took advantage of three Kentucky turnovers in the first half and led, 21-17.
A win over LSU will do wonders to erase from the memory the loss to Jacksonville State.
The Rebels have put everything into winning over LSU and Mississippi State to make this season one not to forget.
Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is due for a huge game and he likes the big stage.
And then the Tigers take on the top quarterback in the SEC who is not a thug in Arkansas' Ryan Mallet.
LSU's offense will definitely have to put points on the board because the Razorbacks are capable of putting up 40 or more.
It's hard to believe that with two games left in the season LSU is talking about playing in a major bowl game.
At the end of September I never would have thought it. But there's still two big games remaining. And there's still that issue at quarterback. It's been quite a year with more unpredictable finishes and even more crazy plays.
But the bottom line is the scoreboard lights when it hits 0:00.
And nine out of 10 times that scoreboard has been in LSU's favor.
And that's as surprising to me as LSU throwing a pass on first down more than 20 yards down the field.
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