Not a whole lot to say here. LSU shut out an FCS team at home, which is good, but looked bad on offense, which is not good. The whole exercise is ultimately pointless really, and the overreaction I’m seeing to it is stupid.
The Tigers are behind the eight-ball going on the road next week to Jordan-Hare, but in other news that may shock you, I heard Pat Dye used to enjoy a cocktail every now and then.
On to the notes:
- I understand that this game is hardly appointment viewing, but is it really too much to ask that ESPN actually cut away from the 50-point blowout to start this thing, rather than split-screen it?
- Breiden Fehoko flashed some incredible quickness from the nose tackle position early on in this one. On his second sack, he was shaded slightly to the field, but crossed the center’s face. The left guard glanced briefly at Rashard Lawrence and that was all it took. Fehoko was already through the gap with a bee line to the quarterback.
- First touchdown in Tiger Stadium of the 2018 season came on a Power-RPO, with Ja’Marr Chase running a quick out. The corner played off and Burrow rightly pulled and threw to the open man. Honestly, if he had handed it off to Clyde Edwards-Helaire, he probably picks up a nice bit of yards as well.
- Felt like Ray Thornton and Andre Anthony acquitted themselves relatively well in place of K’Lavon Chaisson, although neither is a true equivalent. Anthony picked up a nice sack on a wide looping stunt that completely confused the SLU offensive line. From LSU’s “Peso” set, the defensive line shaded towards the field and slanted that way, while an inside linebacker was heads up on the guard. When that inside ‘backer dropped, the guard was looking outside and had no idea Thornton would loop around. Anthony did miss a few tackles in the second half, but still finished with three tackles, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery.
- Speaking of replacements, nice job by Micah Baskerville once Jacob Phillips was ejected for targeting. Six tackles, and he just barely missed an interception shortly before Jacoby Stevens’ big fumble recovery and return.
- And speaking of missed tackles, Southeastern’s best plays were generally quick throws into the flats where they could isolate one player in space on one defender, and LSU missed its share of tackles. Watch for that to be a point of emphasis in Auburn’s game plan.
- For the offensive line, I thought Austin Deculus did a solid job in place of Saahdiq Charles — although I’d prefer he be back as quickly as possible. The bigger issue remains guards Garrett Brumfield and Damien Lewis, who can be feast or famine at times. On Nick Brossette’s 42-yarder, Brumfield pulled on a counter play and created a perfect seal with H-back Trey Gallman. Brossette hit the hole, and a block from Dee Anderson got him to the sidelines.
- But that may be where the rubber meets the road next week in Auburn against Dontavious Russell and Derrick Brown.
- For Burrow’s part, he can sometimes be hesitant going down the field, and that caught him on at least two sacks. He’s definitely much better in the quick game, so far. And to me, personally, I think he can be more of an asset running the ball. Although he’d do well to learn the value of a slide at times.
- Overall, a few timely penalties short-circuited a few more potential scoring drives — including a total horseshit chop-block call on Damien Lewis that erased a nice run by Edwards-Helaire. Without Tory Carter in the lineup, LSU doesn’t have as much versatility with heavier personnel, and the running game isn’t there yet to just push folks around. I don’t believe the coaching staff was sand-bagging or anything like that; there really isn’t much value in it compared to having seen what players can do in a live situation. I do think there’s something to some of the players expecting things to come a little easier as well. Either way, LSU will have to be much better next week to have a shot against the Other Tigers.