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Monday, September 04, 2006

Impressive Opening

Louisiana-Lafayette was totally outmatched by LSU in a 45-3 loss Saturday night to LSU and ULL is from probably the weakest I-A conference in the nation.
But do not be afraid to be impressed by what the Tigers have this season. The game reminded me of LSU's easy win at Arizona in 2003. It was a terrible Arizona team from a usually bottom-weak Pac-10 conference, but LSU displayed so much talent and speed on the field that some Arizona writers said LSU looked better than the two teams that had just played there months before for the national title - Miami and Ohio State.
This ULL team could have probably beat that Arizona team.
The 2006 Arizona team will be much better than it was three years ago and much better than ULL, but I don't see LSU having much of a problem Saturday.
Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is directing an NFL-type passing game that will do damage throughout this season. LSU needs to run the ball better than it did against the Cajuns. It doesn't matter how many people opponents put in the box, a team still has to be able to run at times.
LSU's coaches should realize now if they haven't already, though, that the Tigers are not going to set the world on fire with the rushing attack, so focus on the passing game. Look out, LSU could be a Pac-10 team this season. And not a moment too soon with an improving Arizona program coming to town.



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