Say what you want about LSU’s lack of signature highlights and its spotty passing game under Zach Mettenberger.
By taking little chances and winning in the trenches, sixth-ranked LSU is back to its usual smashmouth trend of suffocating football games and that’s all that matters in the Southeastern Conference.
Since that memorable road hiccup in Gainesville, Les Miles’ Tigers have pounded a pair ranked SEC opponents into submission the last two weeks at the line of scrimmage, showcasing their strength on the ground against South Carolina and Texas A&M.
After Johnny Manziel and the Aggie offense scored a touchdown on their first possession Saturday afternoon, LSU adjusted then harassed Mr. Football en route to win No. 7. A&M’s freshman stud quarterback was held without a touchdown for the first time this season and was knocked off course at what he does best — making plays outside of the pocket.
Manziel managed 27 yards on 17 carries — a 1.6-yard per run average — and threw into coverage on two of three interceptions. After trailing by 12 points much of the first half, LSU scored twice off turnovers before intermission and sealed the game in the fourth on Jeremy Hill’s 47-yard touchdown scamper, a run that looked just like the dagger against the Gamecocks the previous weekend.
Despite the LSU offense’s constant sputter through the air, the Tigers are one of the SEC’s best teams and they proved that in College Station. Most of us were ready to write the Tigers off after a less-than-stellar outing at Florida, but the Gators are still unbeaten and LSU is in prime position in the BCS title hunt at No. 6.
Looking ahead, Miles and the Tigers have two full weeks to prepare for a home game against Alabama. You want to watch a physical football game at the line of scrimmage? Tune in on Nov. 3 and you won’t be disappointed. If the last few games of this rivalry are any indication, the winner likely gets a personal invite to the BCS Championsip Game in Miami. This looked like a Crimson Tide multi-touchdown win three weeks ago, but now, I’m not so sure.
It’s at night, in Death Valley. That’s all that needs to be said.