Well, it finally happened. LSU lost to Auburn today (24-17) in a battle of the unbeatens. I knew it was bound to happen eventually. Les Miles had already used up all of his nine lives, and his luck was bound to run out. It finally did tonight. Auburn is too good and LSU too sloppy for it to have come out any other way.
LSU has a ton of talent, but it is underutilized. Jarrett Lee has just as much talent as Matt Mauck and Matt Flynn (both of whom led LSU to national championships), but LSU doesn’t have an offensive scheme to exploit his passing ability. In fact, LSU completes very few deep passes at all. They don’t do big plays anymore unless a running back just happens to break one loose from scrimmage. They’ve got a lot of talent, but they don’t have good leadership. It hurt them tonight, and it might again in the weeks ahead when they meet Alabama and Arkansas.