This has been a season of firsts for the Tigers. LSU has been ranked No.1 for 10 straight weeks, the longest in school history. The Tigers have won 11 of their 12 games by double digits, another school first. They have also put up 40 or more points in eight games this season and hold an 8-0 SEC record, both school firsts. Most importantly they are 12-0, and finishing the season undefeated would add LSU to an elite group in the SEC to go 13-0. Only three schools in the SEC, Auburn Alabama and Tennessee, have finished the season undefeated.
Les Miles and company are on track for debatably the best season ever. With three wins coming from teams ranked in the top five, the Tigers resume this year has been outstanding. An unprecedented domination of opponents has people saying this could be the best LSU team ever. Even with a loss to Georgia, LSU will still go to the National Championship. I am not saying this has been the most exciting run the Tigers have made, the 2007 season was wild to say the least, but this has definitely been the most dominant. Since the wing over Oregon most fans were saying Sugar Bowl or bust. However, a loss to Georgia would be a stain on an otherwise flawless season, and LSU fans hate stains.
Georgia started the season 0-2 suffering tough losses from Boises State and South Carolina, but has since proven itself worthy of playing in the SEC Championship game. Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray might be the best quarterback LSU has faced all year, the only other one in the running is Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson. Murray is an exceptional quarterback, throwing for 32 touchdowns this year, but this is not his time against LSU. True freshman Isaiah Crowell is in the works for becoming a beastly running back with 832 yards and five touchdowns. Ranked No.1 on ESPN’s high school recruiting class for 2011, Crowell has big dreams. Georgia will be back to its top form in seasons to come, but this year is all about the Tigers.
Prediction: LSU 34 - Georgia 17
This has been a ground breaking season for LSU. It’s time we give some shout outs to the people who made it possible.
Les is More
With so many off the field mishaps this year, a lot of credit is being given to Les Miles, as it should be. He has become the face of LSU football and has come a long way with fans since his clock management meltdown versus Ole Miss back in 2009. He has become the third quickest coach in the SEC to reach 70 wins and is averaging 10 wins a season since joining LSU. In terms of active SEC coaches, only Steve Spurrier has needed less time to get 70 wins. Only two coaches in LSU history have more wins than Miles- Charlie McClendon (137) and Bernie Moore (83). Also, Les is the only first-year SEC coach to take his team to a national championship. He is on track to become LSU’s all time most winningest coach.
LSU has had its quarterback problems the past few years. Jordan Jefferson was in the spotlight earlier this year for his off the field actions, but has returned and is better than ever. Jefferson is the winningest active quarterback in the SEC at 23 wins to his credit. JJ also has another record of his own. This season he became LSU’s all-time rushing
quarterback with 1,008 rushing yards, passing up Lee Hedges who ran for 938 yards from 1949-1951.
Your My Boy Blue
Alfred Blue has had as much of a break out year as you can have being behind two other backs. Viewed as kind of the third threat in the run game, Blue is known for being an explosive player. Against Ole Miss he ran 74 yards on four carries. He is third in rushing on the team with 445 yards and six touchdowns. Blue has kept his focus and composure this year considering he had his home destroyed by a fire earlier in the season. The sophomore is a big back with surprising quickness and speed in the open field and is an exceptional tackler on special teams. He sat out the Arkansas game, but is expected to return to against Georgia. Expect to see more of Blue during his time at LSU.
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