Spoiled, yes, but for a reason
by Joey Martin - posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm
There's a song by Hall and Oates called "Going Through the Motions."
Maybe instead of, "Hey Baby," the LSU band should have played that the last three games.
Because after giving it their all and more against Alabama, it appeared that's what the LSU team was doing.
Sure, LSU beat Mississippi State 37-17 the following week, but State had 351 total offensive yards. The score was LSU 20, Mississippi State 17 in the third quarter.
Then came a lackadaisical effort against Ole Miss, as the Tigers squeezed past the Rebels, 41-35.
Ole Miss totaled 463 offensive yards.
I don't think they had that the previous three years combined against the Tigers.
And then Thanksgiving Friday, Tiger fans were just thankful to see the final horn after a lackluster 20-13 win in Fayetteville.
Arkansas had 462 total yards.
Wow, LSU's defense went from one of the best in the nation to mediocre faster than Gene Chizik emptying his office at Auburn.
There was very little emotion shown in the last three games (except by Miles - WOW) and some of the top players seemed to disappear.
And the play-calling, which we were told before the season was going to be a lot different, has once again been questionable this season.
One series against Arkansas the Tigers were running on all three downs, then the next they were throwing the ball on all three downs. At least they were throwing it.
I really hope they work on those long throws down the field during the off season. At least don't overthrow receivers by five yards who have three steps on the cornerback.
As for the play-calling, Travis Dickson lights up Ole Miss and gets one ball against Arkansas? Russell Shepard touches the ball one or two times a game?
Do me a favor — just to ease my frustrations. No matter if it works or not. For the bowl game, put Shepard in the Wildcat formation and let him THROW it. I just want to see what that looks like.
Sure, everyone is going to say, "Hey, LSU finished 10-2 and not many teams do that."
Well, not many teams are LSU. Call it spoiled, but right now I do expect an 11-1 or 12-0 season.
The loss to Florida was a whole lot more devastating than the loss to Alabama.
LSU would still be in the BCS picture with a victory over Florida. The Gators are a lot better now than they were the first week of October.
LSU managed only 1-of-13 third-down conversions, while Florida was 7-of-14 and had a 37:24 to 22:36 advantage in time of possession.
The Tiger defense was magnificent in that contest, but got no help from the offense.
That changed in the Alabama game and completely changed in the last three games.
And again, I know most people would be happy with 10-2, especially considering the injuries and distractions. Actually, that seems to be routine now for LSU.
Alabama lost four players in the first round of the NFL Draft last year, one in the second, one in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Guess who is likely in the BCS championship game? Guess if Oregon or Kansas State would have won out which fans of a college football team would have been disappointed with the loss to Texas A&M?
A bowl win for LSU is a must to get back into the national championship picture for next year.
Bringing in a solid offensive coordinator is another need.
Call me spoiled, but anything less than 11-1 next year is underachieving.
Or, as Hall and Oates would say, "I Can't Go For That."