LSU is a good football team.
It’s not a very good team, which it looked like it might be after easy wins against BYU and Chattanooga to start the season.
It’s not a bad team, which it looked like while getting blown out at Mississippi State and losing at home to Troy.
It’s good — better than most, but not as good as the top dozen or so teams in the country.
It’s good — as in good enough to go on the road and get past Florida when the Gators were ranked No. 21. Good enough to overcome a 20-0 deficit and beat Auburn 27-23 when Auburn was ranked No. 10.
Good enough to hang with No. 2 Alabama in a respectable 24-10 loss in Tuscaloosa.
And good enough to put away a not-so-good Arkansas team, 33-10, without breaking a sweat Saturday morning and afternoon in Tiger Stadium. In fact, the victory that pushed the No. 24 Tigers to 7-3 and 4-2 in the SEC was a three-hour or so demonstration of just what LSU is.
Good. Not great. Not bad.
The Tigers play really good defense — periodically great defense, occasionally just pretty good defense. The secondary is filled with playmakers such as Greedy Williams and Donte Jackson. Linebacker Devin White is this year’s Duke Riley. This year’s Arden Key is finally last year’s Arden Key. And the line is better with a healthy Rashard Lawrence than it was with an injured or absent Rashard Lawrence.
Derrius Guice is healthy and back to being a really good running back, and Darrel Williams is a good running back. We know these last two items with greater certainty because the young, rearranged offensive line is growing through its growing pains.
Danny Etling isn’t Matt Flynn, but he isn’t Anthony Jennings either. He’s an efficient but limited passer who occasionally makes the big play and generally avoids the big mistake. D.J. Chark is a big-play receiver who still has some stuff to learn as a punt returner.
The kicking game, which was awful, then adequate, then kind of good, is back to being awful. At least it was Saturday.
So what does all of this mean for the rest of the season?
Well, LSU should be plenty good enough to beat Tennessee next week. More than likely it will be good enough to beat Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium in two weeks.
Some good, but not great, bowl game will get the Tigers, and they’ll welcome a team that will give them a good, maybe even real good, but not great show as 2018 looms or arrives.
All in all, Saturday was a good day for a good LSU team that’s having a good season.
By the way, Tiger Stadium at 11 a.m. ain’t Tiger Stadium at 7 p.m.
It’s good, but not great.