Published September 19, 2010 - 9:27pm
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LSU has a Heisman candidate and he’s not on the side of the ball that Heisman candidates typically come from. He is Patrick Peterson, and he is one of the best players in the country. He showed it again on Saturday night chalking up two interceptions and helping LSU win a fairly dominant victory despite a somewhat inconsistent offense.
The other MVP of the night was potentially kicker Josh Jasper who went 5-for-5 on field goals – a stat that is both good and bad. Good in that your kicker is on the money, but bad because your offense isn’t getting in the end zone. The half time score was 12-0 (four field goals) which is somewhat of a snoozer to watch, but LSU was able to put it in the end zone twice in the third quarter.
Jordan Jefferson was 10-for-16 with 98 yards in the air with no touchdowns, but also no interceptions. Stevan Ridley ran for 78 yards and one touchdown.
Ok, let’s turn to Mississippi State. The offense is terrible and they have to figure out who is their quarterback. Chris Relf and Tyler Russell combined for five interceptions and combined for zero touchdowns. Oh boy. Relf was 5-for-10 and Russell 5-for-8. With the passing game basically nonexistent, it makes sense for Relf to be the guy because at least he represents a threat on the ground.
I have to admit, I thought that Mississippi State might somehow make some waves this year despite being in the ultra-competitive SEC West, but until they get a handle on their offense, that’s not going to happen. They might score an upset at some point this year, but they definitely will not be in contention for the West.
Overall, it was a good win for LSU. They’re probably not the best team in the western division, but they have won the games they have been asked to win so far, and that is all you can ask. They play West Virginia next week, followed by tough SEC games against Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas (ouch). Tough games ahead indeed.