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FOOTBALL: LSU is just living in Alabama’s shadow

How bad is it being one of the top football programs in the nation and being in the same division as Alabama?

It is so bad that a column on the strength of the LSU program necessitates mentioning Alabama. Not one mention, but multiple mentions to put LSU’s program into context.

While ESPN’s Chris Low attempts to tell LSU fans, everything is going to be fine since LSU recruits top talent every single year, Low can’t help but mention Alabama’s towering position that casts a shadow on the rest of college football.

Low tells LSU fans that despite the massive loss of underclassmen headed to the NFL draft, that the program remains on a “strong enough foundation.”

That is true. Les Miles has done a remarkable job of keeping LSU near the top of the SEC and because of that near the top of all of college football.

Yet, there is that lingering problem of Nick Saban and Alabama football.

Low admits that “losing so many good players at once will make it that much more difficult to climb out from under Alabama’s growing shadow, and that’s not what anybody wants to hear on the Bayou.”

Low also drops a hint why Alabama casts such a large shadow. According to Low, “There’s a reason LSU has been one of the elite programs in college football the past few years. The Tigers have recruited and developed players about as well as anyone. The sobering reality for everybody else in the SEC is that nobody has done it as well as Alabama, and the Tigers and Crimson Tide just happen to reside in the same division.”

LSU will continue to recruit top talent. LSU will continue to win big football games. Les Miles will continue to be one of the quirkiest and successful college football coaches.

Yet, Nick Saban is a thorn in the side of LSU and Tiger fans. Saban forsook Baton Rouge for South Beach. How many championships would Saban have won for the Tigers had he remained in college football? And now Saban is winning championships at another SEC West divisional rival.


You almost feel sorry for LSU fans.


17 thoughts on “FOOTBALL: LSU is just living in Alabama’s shadow”

  1. do not be deceived lsu is a media myth….5 4 2 1 3 losses over the last 5 yrs – do the math 15 losses in 5 yrs is a 3 loss avg ….

      1. Nick Saban has more National Championships than Les Miles since he started. Do your math. Nick has the edge in head to head meetings with Miles. Nick recruits better, develops players better, and coaches better. Not a single Bama fan would trade coaches with LSU right now, but half of LSUs fan base would trade in a heartbeat.

  2. Well that ought to wake up the ‘Tooth’. Unless of course he decided to take the ‘dirt nap’ after all that has happened to Corndigs since the Florida game. Bwaa Haww Haww! RTR!

    1. Haha ol Tooth jus caint bear it ovah here any mo. M’su Diable Saban don whipped dat boy too much yessiree. Dat Gris Gris he tryda pull las year done turn aroun and bitem on da ass!

  3. Oh pleazzzzzzz! With what? 8 seniors who never started. 14 juniors. 25 sophomores and 28 freshmem. Ok, I’ll bite, what’s the punchline? Don’t do that when I’m driving. Laughing like that, I could wreck and kill half a State. ROTFLMMAO!

    1. So let me see if I understand Anywherebutbama’s point.

      Because Alabama has a football team that beats his team and he can’t deal with it like an adult. And because he doesn’t like it pointed out how life is in Alabama’s shadow, he wants bad things to happen to people.

      He wants bad things to happen to people who simply root for another football team.


    2. why don’t you post this garbage along with your name and address, you fucking idiot. I’d personally show up at your house and discuss this, you dicksucking loser.

    3. Haters gonna hate. Do you think that it really bothers us ‘stupid inbred people’ that lives here? Think what you want and hate us all you want. But OUR team pissing you off like that just makes my day! Glad you could come here and vent and show your true colors! Roll Tide!

  4. LSU is like my buddy Cal – always there to slingshot us to another championship!

    Hey LSU – remember ain’t nothing wrong with silver. I know it’s painful, but bury it deep down inside and don’t ever bring it up again!

  5. Guys, I’ve been an LSU fan and have attended games since 1957, and I’ve seen a lot of good Alabama teams and 3-4 “great ones”. The writer of the article does a pretty good job of telling it like it is. Bama is the National Champ . . . and the rest of us are a little (or a lot) in its shaddow. But, this is the SEC, and I doubt there’s a team or a fan of any other team in the conference who’s intimidated by it.

    I really like being in the West with Alabama. If you want to be the best, you have to play (and beat) the best. That’s why I like Florida as our perpetual opponent from the East. Bama has an easier schedule next season (it looks like) but that doesn’t worry me. None of us can look past several teams in the conference, and believe it or not, we’ll be at your house ready and waiting next season. Should be a great game, but none of us had better look past A&M . . . or Ole Miss . . . or Arkansas . . . or Miss State. Then there’s UGA for us. Nobody plays harder football top to bottom than the SEC. As for Coach Saban, he’s got a “great process”, but other teams are learning that process. We have a pretty darn good process to, and we are going to both have to learn from Sumlin’s offenses. He is a very scary addition to the SEC, but that’s what keeps us the best.

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