This is SEC football.
Fundamentally sound. Great defense. Physical offense.
LSU performed like one of the best football team’s in America. Mississippi State performed like a strong, but lesser SEC opponent. The Bulldogs were valiant, but the Tigers were better.
The LSU Tigers beat Mississippi State Thursday night with a simple formula—better athletes and better coaching. Dan Mullen and his Mississippi State Bulldogs did their best and held it close; the Bulldogs showed how difficult a road win can be in the SEC. However, the Bulldogs could not match LSU’s physical style of play.
And it showed.
LSU dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage.
The Bulldogs had no answer to the power and strength of the LSU running game and play action passing game.
The Bulldogs had no answer to LSU’s defensive line. The offensive line was not able to give MSU’s quarterbacks much time to throw, and when the quarterbacks did find time to throw, the LSU defensive backs made plays.
LSU held Mississippi State to 49 yards rushing. LSU gained 148 yards on the ground. LSU held Mississippi State to 190 yards of total offense. LSU gained 361 yards of total offense. LSU held the ball for 36:04 and allowed Mississippi State to have the ball for only 23:53.
LSU’s gameplan was just what the team needed against the Bulldogs. Les Miles put Jarrett Lee in good position to make plays in the passing game—and Lee responded. It was excellent coaching by Miles—and how often do you hear that? Sure, Miles tried to mess things up with the goofy kickoff play in the third quarter, but it did not harm the Tigers.
It was an impressive performance.
It served notice to everyone in the conference—LSU’s defense is good enough to challenge for a championship.
It served notice to everyone in the conference—Mississippi State is a decent team, but has much further to go before it can be considered a top SEC team. Dan Mullen lost to a team with a great defense this week, and last week he lost to a team with a pitiful defense. He had a chance last week. Tonight, the LSU defense was overpowering.
This type of game makes everyone anticipate games like LSU-Arkansas, Alabama-Arkansas and Alabama-LSU.
It will take a real offensive genius like Bobby Petrino to challenge the LSU defense or the Alabama defense. Those matchups will be interesting and exciting.
When Alabama plays LSU you should expect both teams to pound on each other. Who will win? The team with a better offensive line.
Just like what ordinarily determines championships.