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LSU Dynasty? Maybe . . . but we’re better than Texas!

LSU, champsLSU 2007 Champs

So back in 2006, the day after Texas won theRose Bowl and the BCS championship, Kevin D. came into the office ecstatic. As a Longhorns fan, he was excited to see the team get the first national championship in his lifetime. I knew how Kevin was feeling because the same thing had happened to me two year prior when LSU best Oklahoma for the BCS championship. So Kevin was feeling pretty bold and we got into a discussion about which program was currently better. So I made Kevin a bold bet . . . “$100 says that LSU wins another BCS championship before Texas does.” Kevin’s response, “You’re on.”

Well, I haven’t reminded Kevin of the bet yet and I won’t hold him to it, but I will make my case with a ‘Tale-of-the-tape’ below over which program is currently stronger (looking at the last 5 seasons) and the top football program in the South (I consider Texas part of the South since they were a Confederate state).

RECORDS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU
2003: 13-1
2004: 9-3
2005: 11-2
2006: 11-2
2007: 12-2
Last 5 Seasons: 56-10

Texas
2003: 10-3
2004: 11-1
2005: 13-0
2006: 10-3
2007: 10-3
Last 5 Seasons: 54-10

LSU 

Edge: LSU. This one was close, but the Tigers have 2 more wins and the same number of loses over the last 5 seasons. Especially impressive when you consider that LSU plays in the SEC (I know that is a whole other debate, but come on . . . the SEC is the top conf. in college football).

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU – 2 (2003, 2007)

Texas – 1 (2005)

LSU 

Edge: LSU. Simple math, 2 is greater than 1.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU – 2 (2003, 2007)

Texas – 1 (2005)

LSU 

Edge: LSU. Again, not even close when you consider LSU is in the SEC.

BOWL PERFORMANCE OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU:

2004 Sugar Bowl BCS Championship: LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2005 Capital One Bowl: Iowa 30, LSU 25
2005 Chic-fil-A Peach Bowl: LSU 40, Miami 3
2007 Sugar Bowl: LSU 41, Notre Dame 14
2008 BCS Championship: LSU 38, Ohio State 24

Overall: 4-1, 3-0 in BCS bowls

Texas:

2003 Holiday Bowl:  Washington State 28, Texas 20
2005 Rose Bowl: Texas 38, Michigan 37
2006 Rose Bowl: Texas 41, USC 38
2006 Alamo Bowl: Texas 26, Iowa 24
2007 Holiday Bowl: Texas 52, Arizona State 34

Overall: 4-1, 2-0 in BCS bowls

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Edge: LSU. The Tigers get the nod for winning one more BCS bowl and for their dominating performances in their last 3 bowl games.

HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU: 0

Texas: 0

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Edge: Texas. Texas gets the nod for 2 reasons. #1 Texas has 2 Heisman winners in it’s history (Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams) against LSU’s lone Heisman courtesy of Billy Cannon, #2 Vince Young should have won the Heisman over Reggie Bush in 2005.

STADIUMS/ATMOSPHERE:

LSU – Tiger Stadium 92,400

Texas – Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium 85,123

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Edge: LSU. The Tigers play in a slightly larger stadium, but nothing compares to a Saturday night game in Tiger Stadium, arguably the best tailgating/fan experience in all of college football. (and yes, I have been to games at both stadiums so I speak from experience).

FORMER PLAYERS CURRENTLY ON NFL ROSTERS

LSU – 40

Texas – 37

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Edge: LSU. Mack Brown might be the best recruiter in college football (I stress best “recruiter”, probably not top-20 as far as his coaching ability),  but even with his perennial #1 or #2 ranked recruiting classes, LSU has more alums playing in the NFL.

MASCOTS

LSU – Mike The Tiger. A 500+ pound Bengal tiger.

Texas – Bevo. A 1000+ pound longhorn.

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Edge: LSU. Not much argument here . . . tiger are higher on the food chain.

AND THE WINNER IS . . .

LSU Fan

LSU takes the tale-of-the-tape 7-1. Maybe I’ll talk Kevin into doubling-down on his bet and we’ll see who wins the next championship.

TigerBait! . . . and little known facts about Jacob Hester

Jacob Hester
I’ve already written about the big game, but tonight is the night. I’m nervous, but sticking with my prediction of LSU winning . . . 34-24. In honor of my favorite current Tiger, RB Jacob Hester, I’m going to steal a few ideas from timtebowfacts.com and give you some Jacob Hester facts:

  • When you open a can of whoop ass . . . Jacob Hester jumps out. 
  • Jacob Hester’s house has no doors . . . only the walls he walks through.
  • Jacob Hester won the Tour de France on a unicycle.
  • Jacob Hester knows the EXACT location of Carmen SanDiego.
  • Jacob Hester can touch MC Hammer.
  • Jacob Hester grinds his coffee with his own teeth and then boils the water with his rage.
  • Jacob Hester has the greatest Poker-Face of all time. He won the 1983 World Series of Poker, despite holding only a Joker, a Get out of Jail Free Monopoly card, a 2 of clubs, 7 of spades and a green #4 card from the game UNO.
  • If you Google search ‘Jacob Hester getting his ass kicked’ you will generate zero results. It just doesn’t happen.
  • The show Survivor had the original premise of putting people on an island with Jacob Hester. There were no survivors, and nobody is brave enough to go to the island to retrieve the footage.
  • Terry Tate looks over his shoulder in offices for Jacob Hester.
  • There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Jacob Hester lives in Louisiana.
  • Jacob Hester has counted to infinity…. twice.
  • It takes Jacob Hester 17 minutes to watch 60 Minutes.
  • Jacob Hester ordered a Big Mac at Burger King . . . and got one.
  • They say Jacob Hester bleeds “purple and gold”. They are wrong . . . Jacob Hester doesn’t bleed.

GEAUX TIGERS!

LSU Beats Ohio State 23-21 for BCS Champsionship . . .

LSU's Jacob Hester

according to the Whatisports.com game simulation. That’s right, a computer simulation determined that the Tigers triumph over the Buckeyes with a 124 yard, 2 touchdown performance by Jacob Hester.

I don’t think it will be that close. I do think Hester will have a big game (BTW, I also think he will be a solid 3rd down back in the NFL and will open a lot of eyes with a good performance at the NFL Combine). I think the Buckeyes will have a difficult time with our two-quarterback system and team speed (similar to the problems they had with Florida last year).  I’m also expecting one game-breaking play from Trindon Holliday.

My birthday is Jan. 2, but I would gladly take a belated birthday gift in the form of a 3rd Tigers’ National Championship. We’ll find out in 7 days . . .

The Rich Get Richer

So I was talking football with a buddy the other day. I was mentioning that as a Cowboys fan, I’m kind of disappointed that Cleveland is having such a good year (Dallas gets Cleveland’s first round pick in the ’08 draft). I’m guessing that the Browns will finish around 10-6, which means the pick will be around #21. This isn’t a bad thing. Dallas could get a good, young receiver at that spot. They could even potential package that pick with their own first round pick (probably #31) to move up.

So the point my friend brought up is that New England gets San Francisco’s first round pick in ’08. San Francisco is having a horrible year and that pick will probably be #2. This means that the Patriots could conceivably get Darren McFadden of Arkansas

As an LSU fan, I have seen “D-Mac” up close and personal . . . and he is scary good. I think he is going to be a top NFL running back. This hardly seems fair. Both McFadden and Laurence Maroney split carries in college, so a two-back rotation would work well and make the Patriots offense unstoppable.

Or maybe Miami takes McFadden and New England is “stuck” taking LSU stud Glen Dorsey (the best interior defensive lineman to come out in 10+ years).  In that scenario they have the anchor for their defense for the next 10 years. Either way . . . the rich get richer.

LSU Christmas

 

Twenty four days before Christmas, in a state in the south,

Les Miles was pissed as he opened his mouth.

“Miles to Michigan,” was reported as fact.

To which Miles responded, “Herbie you don’t know jack!” 

The Tigers had suffered a gut wrenching loss,

At the hands of McFadden and the rest of the hogs.

And Bo in his sweatshirt, and Miles in his Hat.

Were determined to prove they were better than that! 

When the Tennessee Vols ran out on the field,

There were ruckus applause from the mentally ill.

Still in the locker room, Les told his team,

“This season ain’t over. We still have a dream.” 

The hurt throwing arm of QB Matt Flynn

Meant Ryan was the man they put their faith in.

Then the fans all heard, what Les said in the Dome.

“I ain’t goin’ anywhere. I’m happy. I’m Home!” 

The fans were still thinking “This might be a trick.”

‘til someone pointed out “Hey, this guy ain’t Nick!”

The Hat took the field for this championship game,

And he brought all his Tigers, and called them by name; 

“Now, Hester! Now, Early! Now, Highsmith and Putt!

Let’s let ‘er rip and shut these guys up!

Take to the field! And give it your all!

 Then later we’ll watch numbers 1 & 2 fall.” 

The fans still weren’t sure as to what team would show,

The Virginia Tech game seemed like so long ago.

But there in the stands, the fans they did cheer,

As Perrilloux played his game of the year.

While out in Ar-Kansas, the hogs claimed the boot,

The tigers were focused on far better loot.

With the game knotted up, Ainge threw a quick out

But Zenon was ready and took six to the house. 

He wore an LSU jacket, and a white turtle neck,

The same as he wore when his team beat La Tech.

With the hat on his head, and a childish grin,

Miles put his team in the title picture again. 

His smile-how it widened! as Pitt won its game!

He cheered Oklahoma, when it did the same.

The stars were aligning, it couldn’t be true.

Turns out Miles WAS destined, to play O-S-U. 

With a month to prepare and a month to heal up,

We’re all pretty sure which team will show up.

He ain’t going to Michigan, and we’re sure of that.

But Tressel and the Buckeyes should still Fear the Hat.

On December first, he called L-S-U home.

Then set up the Tigers, to play again in the Dome.

It soon will be legend, how Les started that day,

“Can’t talk now. . . . I’m busy. . . . [Y’all] have a GREAT day!” 

Geaux Tigers!

 

I’m flying to Atlanta tomorrow for two reasons:

LSU Fans1. To support LSU in the SEC Championship game on Saturday (they are playing Tenn. at the Georgia Dome).

2. To attend my buddy TT’s bachelor party (after 6+ years of dating the same, wonderful girl, he finally got smart and is tying the knot).

The game is a little bitter-sweet. LSU should be playing for a berth in the BCS championship game, but they lost a heart-breaker in triple-overtime last week against Arkansas. However, a win in this game virtally guarantees LSU a spot in the Sugar Bowl, which would still be pretty sweet (pun intended). It might also be my last chance to see Coach Les Miles in person, since all signs point to him taking the vacant Michigan job.

I’m also really looking forward to seeing all of my high school/college buddies. We all get together at least one weekend a year for a “guys” trip and we always have a blast.

Best play in LSU history

Since it is Halloween, I thought I would pay my respects to Billy Cannon (LSU’s only Heisman Trophy winner) for his amazing return on Halloween night 48 years ago.