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Thoughts on this and that with September.
Don't exactly know what to make of LSU's defense in the second half against West Virginia Saturday.
Of course, that could have been a moot point if Rueben Randle had not drop a touchdown pass in his breadbasket that would have put the Tigers up 34-7 on the first drive of the second half.
Sure, LSU was playing a soft defense to prevent the big play, but what was still disturbing was the missed tackles and lack of a pass rush.
I know the missed tackles will be rectified, but John Chavis seemed to get away from blitzing in the second half, which was kind of peculiar.
I loved all the build-up before the game as most folks were talking about it being the loudest ever at Milan Puskar Stadium. Brent Musurger and Kirk Herbstreit were quick to point out that LSU plays in front of that type of night crowd at home.
Herbstreit must have gotten his message across to Associated Press voters as he stated no one has had a tougher September schedule than LSU and been more impressive.
The Tigers jumped past Oklahoma to the top spot the next day even though the Sooners took care of Missouri.
Good and bad news there. Let's face it, no one likes being No. 1 in September or October. You would rather be chasing someone. But, being No. 1, a loss gives you less room to fall.
I would love to see LSU No. 2 and Alabama No. 1 when the two teams meet in Tuscaloosa. The Tide looked very impressive in manhandling Arkansas and if Herbstreit would have been at that game he may have been persuading voters to put the Crimson Tide at the top.
Getting back to the LSU game, kudos to Les Miles for calling on freshman James Hairston to do the kickoffs. Hairston, who prepped at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, had two kicks in the end zone for touchbacks, the first time this season for the Tigers. Hairston's grandfather played football and ran track at Rice; his uncle played football and baseball at Rice and was later drafted by the New York Yankees; his dad played golf at St. Edward's and SMU; one sister played soccer at Houston and another at SMU; and his mom played golf at SMU and was part of the 1980 AIAW National Championship team for the Mustangs.
I'm really excited about Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference. Not just because of the Aggies' rivalry with LSU, but because of the Texas A&M band. You'll have a hard time finding a more disciplined band.
Of course, the Hullaballoo, Caneck! Caneck! may get a little old.
I know former Vidalia High head football coach Dee Faircloth has to be even more excited. Faircloth's dad, Dalton Faircloth, was an assistant coach at Texas A&M in 1951.
You have to love Southeastern Louisiana and its attempts to bring in a crowd for its first home game against Lamar Saturday at 3 p.m..
Bruce Mitchell of the History Channel's "Swamp People" will be available for autographs and photographs prior to the game. The first 400 students will also receive free t-shirts.
Choot 'em Lions.
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