Were you shocked? Stunned? Did you even have to think twice? In 'Red Stick,' you thought it was going to happen? No way, no how. A 41-17 rout of the 3rd-ranked Razorbacks left zero doubt with pollsters, fans, BCS computers, and possibly most important, themselves.
How many programs can spot the 3rd-ranked team in the country, who just won seven straight, fourteen points? How many programs in the country get their stars to show up week after week and make THE play that turns the game? The answer is in their BCS ranking, one.
The Tigers had the over 100,000 packed into Tiger Stadium rocking yesterday afternoon. Superstar defensive back Tyrann Mathieu takes a 92-yard punt return to the house which knotted the game at 14. Beleaguered senior signal-caller Jordan Jefferson ripped off a 48-yard touchdown run to increase the LSU lead to 38-17 in the fourth quarter. Future 1st-round pick, corner back Morris Claiborne, intercepts a Tyler Wilson pass late to end the Razorbacks comeback chances. LSU's 'players' showed up in a big way in a post-Thanksgiving SEC dogfight.
From the first week of the season to the last, LSU has impressed. Not one, two, but three star players suspended in-season and still LSU never dropped off. The win in Tuscaloosa, the heart-stomping defense, and the consistent beat downs of SEC heavyweights, LSU's season has been packed with highlights;
Beating the 3rd-ranked team in the country, twice. It didn't get past the 'Mad Hatter' in his post-game interview. In the wake of their 41-17 victory over Arkansas, LSU head coach reminded everyone that they opened the season hanging 40 on the then ranked #3 Oregon Ducks.
LSU has truly been road warriors. You all remember their OT, hang-on 9-6 victory on the toe of Drew Alleman in Tuscaloosa. However, the Tigers also put up victories in Starkville, Morgantown, Knoxville, and in Oxford. None of which proved any contest for the Tigers, outscoring their opponents 156-37 in those four road games alone.
More on that score differential. Is there a better team in college football at adding style points? Outscoring opponents by an average of 28-points (four touchdowns), the Tigers have no problem putting the hurt on opposing teams. More so, LSU held opposing teams to less than 10-points in seven of their twelve games while scoring north of forty in eight of those same twelve games.
No team across the nation has been as dominating as LSU. Luckily, this wasn't the last time we get to see these Tigers, not a chance. After clinching the SEC West and capping off a 12-0 regular season, LSU heads to the SEC Championship Game and possible shot at the BCS National Title. Geaux Tigers!
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