Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:37 AM EST2013-12-04 12:37:40 GMT
Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger will not be playing in LSU's upcoming bowl game due to a torn ACL that occurred during the 31-27 victory over Arkansas, according to ESPN reports.Mettenberger leftMore >>
LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger will not be playing in the upcoming bowl game due to a torn ACL he suffered in the 31-27 win over Arkansas, according to ESPN reports.More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 12:07 PM EST2013-12-02 17:07:19 GMT
After leading LSU on a 99-yard game winning touchdown drive against Arkansas, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings has been named Co-Freshman SEC Player of the Week.The freshman quarterback replaced an injuredMore >>
After leading LSU on a 99-yard game-winning touchdown drive against Arkansas, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings has been named Co-Freshman SEC Player of the Week.More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 11:51 AM EST2013-12-02 16:51:34 GMT
Les Miles and the LSU Tigers got some very good news Monday morning.Alabama got some much needed good news after a shocking 34-28 loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.Neville High School safetyMore >>
Neville High School safety Laurence "Hootie" Jones announced Monday morning that he has verbally committed to the Crimson Tide.More >>
Friday, November 29 2013 10:00 PM EST2013-11-30 03:00:59 GMT
Arkansas leads 17-14 over LSU as this year's "Battle for the Boot" game goes into halftime.Terrence Magee scored both of LSU's two touchdowns in the first half, but the Razorbacks answered each with oneMore >>
True freshman backup QB Anthony Jennings found red shirt freshman WR Travin Dural for a TD with less than 2:00 in the game, as LSU came from behind to beat Arkansas 31-27.More >>
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Les Miles has always enjoyed playing up the "big game" during his eight years at LSU. The coach doesn't hide his excitement in press conferences leading up to such contests, as Miles' zeal is transparent to all in attendance.
This season there was no doubt which affair carried much more weight than any other the LSU Tigers would play. Indeed, so much was invested into that November 3rd game against Alabama in Tiger Stadium. The LSU players and fans alike had an imaginary, internal countdown seared onto their brain, dying to revenge the Crimson Tide for beating them 21-0 in last year's BCS national championship.
Finally the game arrived and in many cases, LSU played as well as they possibly could. The largest crowd in Death Valley history roared in approval as quarterback Zach Mettenberger finally fired damaging strikes and victory was within the Tigers' grasp. But in 43 lightning-fast seconds, the Tigers defense stumbled and it all slipped away.
Final - Alabama 21, LSU 17.
In the past, gut-wrenching losses to Alabama have been very hard for Miles' teams to overcome. In 2008, a 27-21 overtime defeat to the Crimson Tide was followed by LSU trailing lightly regarded, Sunbelt Conference member Troy 31-3 in the third quarter at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers made a miracle rally to escape 40-31, but soon crashed down the stretch. LSU would lose handily to Ole Miss at home 31-13, before being beaten by a bad Arkansas Razorbacks squad 31-30 in Little Rock on a fourth and one, 24-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers finished that regular season 7-5.
In 2009, LSU traded punches and stood toe-to-toe with the eventual national champion Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. The #9 Tigers led 15-10 entering the fourth quarter, before Nick Saban's #3 club roared back to win 24-15. Tiger fans screamed bloody murder after an apparent Patrick Peterson interception wasn't awarded to LSU in that final quarter. Regardless, the Bayou Bengals didn't handle the exhausting loss well. They slept walk and staggered to a 24-16 win over a woeful Louisiana Tech outfit the next week in Baton Rouge. The infamous clock debacle at Ole Miss would follow, as LSU lost 25-23 to the Rebels. The Tigers slid by the Razorbacks 33-30 in overtime to close out the regular season, but wobbled to a 19-17 Capital One Bowl loss against Penn State (a game later vacated). LSU finished that year 9-4, but many fans would argue the quality of football played was far less than the win total.
Which is why the 2012 LSU Tigers should be commended. Have they played stellar football since letting the Tide off the hook roughly a month ago? No, they haven't. But LSU has refused to lose again either, knocking off Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas to finish the regular season 10-2. There have been plenty of anxious moments in the last two games alone, but once again no defeat for the Tigers.
College football is an extremely emotional game, much more so than the NFL. 18-22 year olds are much more strongly affected by winning and losing than older adults who play the game for a living. Just as in 2008 & 2009, this LSU team was deeply hurt by pouring its collective soul into a football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide they did not win. And while the football they've played since then hasn't been a masterpiece, the Tigers have refused to collapse. And for that, this team should be commended.
True, the fact LSU was one play away from beating the hated Tide will haunt the Tigers. It certainly is now, as the purple and gold are currently in the Cotton Bowl/Chick-Fil-A discussion, instead of a BCS game or the ultimate championship contest in Miami. Those thoughts will be felt even stronger this Saturday during the SEC Championship, as Alabama, not LSU will battle Georgia for the right to meet Notre Dame in the BCS National Title Game. SEC scheduling inequity may also play a big role in this, but that's an entirely different column, for a different day.
Regardless of the bowl, an LSU postseason victory will likely guarantee Coach Miles his fifth Top-Five team in eight years at LSU. Something that couldn't be accomplished, had the Tigers decided their season was over November 3rd.
Friday, December 6 2013 1:35 PM EST2013-12-06 18:35:45 GMT
(RNN) - As the curtain falls on the BCS era, the college football championship picture is, as usual, a colossal mess. But change is in the wind and relief is in sight. Sort of. Next year the championshipMore >>
This will be the last year for the much-criticized Bowl Championship Series, which has produced college football national championship games since 1998. The new College Football Playoff will be just as controversial, but much, much more lucrative. Here's a look at what the future holds.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:18 PM EST2013-12-04 17:18:08 GMT
Rantankerous [ran-tank'uhr-us] (adjective) - A combination of rant [to speak in a wild or extravagant manner] and cantankerous [contentious, disagreeable]. The word is the only suitable description forMore >>
One year after they were forgotten and looked down upon, Missouri and Auburn provide an intriguing matchup in the SEC Championship Game.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 6:44 PM EST2013-12-03 23:44:02 GMT
Currently both versions of the Tigers are on the outside looking in at the BCS national championship. The question is if either deserves to be there after a win in Atlanta.More >>
Currently both versions of the Tigers are on the outside looking in with undefeated Florida State and Ohio State taking the top two spots in the BCS standings. The question is if either deserves to be replaced in favor of the SEC champion. More >>
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