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16 Sep

Winning Ugly Is Still Winning

LSU Logo I wasn’t a believer in our new QB after the Miami game. Yes, he protected the ball. Yes, he managed the game. But he didn’t really have the “wow factor” that I was hoping for. Then he only managed to complete 50% of his passes against the weaker opposition in the next game against Southeaster Louisiana. 10 of 20 is respectable, maybe. But you don’t with the SEC West with respect points, you win it with, well, wins.

I was out this weekend on a camping trip with limited access to the real world. I was able to get an early score (10-7, LSU up) and then halftime (14-10, Auburn up). It wasn’t until much later Saturday evening that I was able to check to see the final (what? 22-21, LSU won?) and even later than that before I had an opportunity to read about how the game played out. What did I see? Burrow was under 50% completions, but no turnovers. Our new kicker was 3/4 but iced the game when it counted late in the fourth.

LSU is currently 99th in FBS for total offense, 43rd in total defense, but 6th in turnover margin. If you can avoid mistakes while taking advantage of the mistakes your opponent makes, you can win games with under 50% completion rates.

So here we are at #6 in the polls. We have games coming up against Louisiana Tech (should be winnable), Mississippi (who just gave up a gazillion points to Alabama) and then Florida (who finally figured out a way to lose to Kentucky). The Florida game is in The Swamp which is always a challenge. But if the Tigers can navigate those three games, it sets up a huge run with Georgia coming to Baton Rouge, the always dangerous away game at Mississippi State, and – you knew this was coming – the annual Nick Saban Grudge Match which this year is in Death Valley.

Just a walk in the park, right? Hope you’re up for it Joe Burrow and Cole Tracy! This is where you earn your stripes.

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