Down on the Bayou
LSU's win may speak for itself, but Florida is the best two-loss team in history
Oct. 7, 2007
By Brian Curtis
CSTV Senior Editor
Brian Curtis is a CSTV football and basketball analyst and a regular CSTV.com writer.
Well, I think the LSU win speaks for itself. What more did you really want?
Like most weekends in the SEC, this game really started on Thursday when the RVs and revelers started to pour into
When I arrived in the city, the pre-game was well underway. There were cars with LSU flags and flags just about everywhere. There were tailgaters claiming territory like gold miners in the mid 1800s. Yes, it was a big game. But just how big? Well, the last time LSU played a game as the top team in the country was in 1959 and a lot of these folks weren't quite the same then (or alive).
So the No. 1 team welcomed a hated ranked-rival with so much on the line.
It was no great secret all week that Les Miles planned to use back-up quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. But the question was, just how much?
At practice on Thursday, Perrilloux and Matt Flynn split snaps with the first team offense. Like
So what happened come game time? Flynn went 14-of-27 for 144 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT while his "backup" Perrilloux went 0-of-1 passing and carried the ball six times and handed it off many more.
Look, the Tigers won, so let's not nit-pick, but neither one of these guys is a great quarterback. They did just enough combined. But how about Jacob Hester at QB? Fans will point out that a two-man system worked for Florida last year but Tebow came in infrequently, on big running downs. Flynn and Perrilloux were alternating plays at some points.
The LSU defense didn't look great in the first half and blown coverage made them look silly. But Glenn Dorsey & Co. pulled it together to contain and then stop Tebow late in the game. Earlier in the week, I asked Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville what lessons LSU could take from his team's upset over the Gators last week. Tuberville told me first, they limited the
So what do we take from this game? Well, for one, Miles has been elevated. His coaching decisions, which somehow worked out, endeared him to thousands of LSU fans who still questioned his chops. Good for him.
We also took away the fact that this season, LSU has been the most dominant. But that's not saying too much, considering they looked bad against Tulane last week and sloppy against
Some other notes from LSU-Florida:
· Last week, the Tennessee Titans' Vince Young returned to his alma mater to watch
· Obviously, the No. 1 team always draws attention and the LSU Athletic Department granted well over 600 credentials for the game.
· If LSU runs the table, they Tigers will be playing just 60 miles away in
· In an ironic twist, while the head coach at
· One visitor to LSU practice on Thursday was PGA golfer David Toms. Toms is an LSU alum and huge Tiger football fan and has booked hotel rooms in
· The LSU-Florida matchup featured five coaches with head coaching experience and a few others who could get that chance next season. Outside of Les Miles and Urban Meyer, LSU's defensive coordinator Bo Pelini served as interim head coach at
And One More Thing
When the final USC-Stanford score came across the wires, no one could believe it. How in the world did that happen? I would argue that this was a bigger upset than Appalachian State beating