Right now it’s No. 1 USC and No. 2 LSU – or should it be the other way around? – going into the third week of the season. Assuming USC (1-0) proves itself at No. 14 Nebraska (2-0) on Saturday after its average performance in the opener against Idaho, the debate could rage on for several weeks, if not the whole season.
Pre-season polls aside, LSU is clearly No. 1 based on what ‘s happened on the field. The Tigers were awesome in dismantling No. 18 Virginia Tech, 48-7, and have outscored their opponents 93-7 after two games. The fact USC remained No. 1 after a bye week in which the Tigers put on one of the best performance’s in LSU foootball history just shows you how illogical the polls really are early in the season.
The question now is can USC look as dominating as LSU against a good Nebraska team this week, a team that could be on the rise under coach Bill Callahan and that features former Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller?
If they don’t, then I think it’s time to make LSU No. 1 and USC No. 2 – assuming LSU dismantles Middle Tenn. on Saturday (Note: Middle Tenn played respectable against a very good Louisville team).
So life is good right now for Tiger fans . . . right? Well, maybe not. I will be very interested in the Michigan-Notre Dame game this weekend. Why? Another Michigan loss would only add fuel to the fire that is LSU coach Les Miles is potentially leaving LSU at the end of the season to take over the Michigan job. Miles, a Michigan alum rumored to be a candidate to succeed the suddenly embattled Lloyd Carr, actually has a clause in his contract that lets him leave LSU for the Michigan job; although, he must pay a $1.25MM penalty to do so and void his LSU contract.
But I’m not going to let that get me down, it’s just too painful. I still haven’t gotten over Nick Saban/Satan leaving us for the Miami job – only to come back and take the Alabama job (I won’t be happy unless we beat them by 50 in Tuscaloosa).