I took my two boys to their first LSU game this Saturday. And I don’t think there is a better place in the country than the Abita Suite on a Saturday night in Death Valley. We witnessed history, and I am lucky enough to have witnessed Jayden doing that in person and Burrow dropping 8 in the CFP Semifinal against OU.
Folks, it was the first time in a very long time against a smaller school that we absolutely looked like an NFL team playing a HS team on offense. It was like watching a video game. And this shows my age, but in Tecmo Super Bowl you could play an entire season and keep stats, so I would intentionally take the ball at the 1 yd line every game to pad my season stats because I could get what I wanted with the 49ers offense in that game, because I had Jerry Rice and John Taylor. And my goodness, we have the same thing with Nabers and BTJ. And Lacy has found his spot at the 3, he has made huge leaps in his route running and hands since the start of the season. I think we forced the ball a few times to Aaron Anderson to re-recruit him and keep him in the fold for next season to take on the Brian Thomas role. They didn’t connect, but they gave him targets, and it didn’t cost us.
Our defense looked out of position all night. When you are watching from the end zone it is easy to scream why do we have 3 covering a 4 bunch set? With the safety shading to the single coverage on the field side??? What was our alignment? And the D Line looks like it is trying not to get hurt, and I understand why, we have no depth. We can’t rush all out because we will gas ourselves, and therefore we get gashed on basic plays.
But I am not going to let that drown out a masterful performance from a player at his peak calling his shot and making it look like Mike Vick on beginner mode. It is wayyyyy too fun to watch this man operate.
In terms of Heisman votes, gas up the Jet, he’s headed to NYC. If the Ducks and Huskies play a close game I think it splits the votes from the west. If Oregon wins big and Nix has a day then it will probably be his. My main fear is Gary Daniels filling three hours over the next two saturdays trying to make Milroe the great hope for the SEC, and splitting some of Daniels votes that he needs from this region. That is a reality for sure, as I have seen this movie before.
It is narrowing down with Harrison getting an invite as a lifetime achievement award
Heisman is a 2 player race right now:— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) November 21, 2023
Two things that stand out
Production vs Top 25 teams:
Jayden Daniels: 1,694 Yards 13 TD’s
Bo Nix: 607 Yards 5 TD’s
Both have 3,500+ yards passing
Throws/Yards past line of scrimmage:
Nix: 66% pic.twitter.com/V6swpvP4bC
This is great to hear along with Weeks returning to the line up as well
Logan Diggs should be available against Texas A&M, Brian Kelly said. He has been cleared for practice.— Wilson Alexander (@whalexander_) November 20, 2023
Andre Sam was also cleared after leaving the Georgia State game early. He's on track to play, too.
Brian Thomas developing has been the hidden story of the season for this offense
Biletnikoff Award semifinalists for nation’s top receiver— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 20, 2023
Brock Bowers, UGA
Luther Burden III, Mizzou
Keon Coleman, FSU
Troy Franklin, Oregon
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio St
Xavier Legette, South Carolina
Malik Nabers, LSU
Rome Odunze, Washington
Brian Thomas Jr., LSU
I will yell from the mountain tops there is no better state that produces high end WR talent
3 of the 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists are Louisiana natives.— Louisiana vs. All Y’all (@LAvsAllYall) November 20, 2023
By that metric, the state with about 1.5% of the country’s population producing 30% of the nation’s top wide receivers.