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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Smell the roses

BATON ROUGE - It is the media's job to point out the negative at times, and that has been done as far as the 2007 LSU football season is concerned. Funny thing about LSU sports, though, the fans are as critical as any fan base and often more critical than the media.

LSU is 9-1 and three winnable games away from playing for its second national championship in four years. It doesn't get much better than that and might not for a long time. Yet I constantly hear people complaining about LSU's penalties and why Keiland Williams or Charles Scott do not play more or how the coaches almost blew the Auburn game with faulty clock management.

After the 58-10 win over Louisiana Tech Saturday that made LSU No. 1 in the nation following Ohio State's loss, a fan came up to me and asked me what was wrong with LSU's kickoff coverage unit. That unit did show some vulnerability against Tech, but what is going on around here?

Do many LSU fans think they're a bunch of movie critics are what? "Yes, LSU is 9-1, but the lighting in the Florida game was far too grainy. And I wish Jacob Hester would pull his socks up."

YOU'RE NUMBER ONE! YOU'RE 9-1! Enjoy it. You're two easy wins away from being 11-1. If you get by Tennessee or Georgia in the SEC championship game, your next opponent will likely not be as good as your previous one.

It's time to smell the roses. No one knows how long this will last. The last three recruiting classes have been good, but they have not been great like the three before them. LSU could well be an 8-4 or 9-3 team next season. Who knows? LSU could be looking for a new coach two months from now.

And think about Notre Dame, Nebraska and Miami. It wasn't long ago those teams were national powers. They're horrible now. It can turn either way in a minute.

Enjoy it while you have it.


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