How LSU can still win the SEC West

LSU bounced back after a loss that was everything short of impressive, and with a very solid and impressive victory from both sides of the ball LSU is starting to come together and look like a team that could be a challenger for the crown of the SEC West. To add on to a great performance we saw some very disappointing performances from Auburn and Texas A&M. The Auburn tigers offense couldn’t get anything moving as they only scored a lousy 6 points. The A&M defense seemed to have stayed on the bus as they let the Alabama crimson tide score a total of 52 points on them, but let’s focus in LSU for right now. The fighting tigers led by head coach Ed Orgeron put up a astounding 41 points, and the defense held Vanderbilt to 7 points. Myles Brennan looked like he could be on to something as he went 23/37 and had 337 yards and 4 touchdowns, but threw a interception over the middle of the field on a bad pass. Even though he threw a interception he came back the next drive and threw the exact same pass for a 51 yard touchdown caught by Terrace Marshall. LSU also seemed to also have a run game as former 5 star and #1 running back in his class John Emery had a impressive game with 103 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, he also caught 3 passes for 21 yards. Not only did the offense look like it could challenge bama for another sec west title, but the defense showed up tonight specifically the pass defense. The LSU held the Vanderbilt pass game to only 113 yards and had 2 interceptions late in the game. After what was a embarrassing week 1 performance against Mississippi State in which they let off 623 pass yards the LSU secondary led by veteran safety Jacoby Stevens, seemed to be locked in as they looked to make a statement. The true reason behind the success in the secondary tonight was Derek Stingley returning after being hospitalized the night before the Mississippi state game. With the return of Derek Stingley not only was one side of the field locked down, but they could also return sophmore cornerback Cordale Flott to the slot. now after a bright game from the pass defense we saw a interesting game from the run defense. The big 4 man front led by Ali Gaye had 3 sacks and 8 TFL’s tonight, but early on Vanderbilt was able to run all over them. After some halftime adjustments from Bo Pelini and Ed Orgeron something we didn’t see in week 1, the LSU tiger front 7 stopped Vanderbilt with ease and looked to be able to stop the run much better. Now let’s talk what LSU will have to do to win the SEC West. In week 3 LSU will face Missouri at home in which they look to clear up any mistakes as they prepare to head to the swamp and face the Florida Gators in week 4. Also in week 4 we will see Georgia play Alabama, the winner of this game will dictate a lot in both divisions. If UGA wins that will give LSU a lot easier of a time, but if Bama wins then we will need to see a 9 game win streak to see the tigers in atlanta on the first weekend of December. If UGA wins and LSU beats Florida that will put LSU at tied for 1st. But that will also make it so that if LSU beats Alabama November 11th then they will have the ability to still lose a game and win the division as long as A&M and auburn don’t have less than 2 losses. In week 5 LSU will play host to South Carolina as they prepare to face Auburn on Halloween day. LSU has one of the most famous plays on Halloween when legendary running back Billy Cannon returned a punt 89 yards to the house, as this would put them up over ole miss 7-3 and they would eventually win the game 7-3. If LSU comes out of the auburn game at 5-1 then they will be set up for what could be game of the century 3.0 against bama. If LSU goes to sleep Saturday November 14th with 6-1 record the defending champion tigers will have the blue print for back to back SEC west titles ready, and all they will need to do is win 3 more games against weaker opponents. In week 9 the LSU Tigers will head to Arkansas to face the razorbacks, but the next week poses the biggest threat for the Tigers SEC west hopes. In week 10 the Tigers will go to College station to face the Texas A&M Aggies. The last time LSU played a game there one of the best games of all time was played as it took 7 overtime’s for the Aggies to finally beat LSU for the first time in 7 years. If the tigers can exit that game at 8-1 the Tigers will be just a paint job away from completing the blue print of back to back SEC west titles. In week 10 LSU will finish off at home as the Lane Train will arrive in Baton Rouge ready for a chance to ruin the Tigers hopes at back to back SEC west titles. If Ed Orgeron and his LSU Tigers watch the clock strike zero and have more points than Ole Miss than the Tigers will have completed that blue print and will be on their way to a matchup with the SEC East winner.

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