LSU fall 0-1 to Mississippi State, losing 44-34 on home soil.
Last year we witnessed the incredible dominance of a Joe Burrow led LSU team, who stomped out everybody on their way to the National Championship game. Now, LSU is a ghost town, and it’s time to face the music.
When you’re fresh off a national championship victory, your draft stock improves. NFL teams want winners. Winning mentality. Winning culture. As a college coach, you want to do what’s best for your athletes, while also trying to maintain that dominance in the world of college football. LSU lost 30 players from their natty winning roster. 30. And both coordinators. Dave Aranda took the head coaching job at impressive looking Baylor. And offensive passing coordinator Joe Brady took the OC role with the Carolina Panthers.
Ja’Marr Chase was arguably the best receiver in college football last season, and would have been a first round pick in the draft. Having already done enough to earn himself a lot of money in the NFL, he opted out of this season. On top of everybody else the Tigers lost, this was a huge blow for them, and for a QB in need of some support.
So what does this mean for the LSU football program? Well we saw it yesterday. A lack of experience played a huge part, and Myles Brennan doesn’t look quite cut out for life in the SEC week after week. He wasn’t terrible, and certainly wasn’t the main issue, but for a national championship defending SEC team, i’m not sure he’s enough.
Myles Brennan hadn’t started a game in college until yesterday, having been with the Tigers since 2017. Rare circumstances that you don’t hear about too often. It’s unusual to see a quarterback sit for that long, especially seeing Joe Burrow come in and take the starting role, and not transfer elsewhere. But Brennan got his shot yesterday, and went 27/46 for 345 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
The defence looked lost at times and certainly miss some of the leadership that now dons an NFL uniform, such as Patrick Queen, Grant Delpit, and K’Lavon Chaisson. KJ Costello was able to pick them apart when it mattered, and ultimately led to the game slipping away.
Whole new team.
So just how bad was the damage? Well here it is. LSU lost the following:
Starting QB Joe Burrow, four of the five starters on the offensive line, starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Their two best receivers in Justin Jefferson (1st round pick), and Ja’Marr Chase (opt out). Starting tight end Thaddeus Moss. Two starting pass rushers in K’Lavon Chaisson (2nd round pick) and Rashard Lawrence (4th round pick). Nose tackle Breiden Fehoko. Two starting linebackers in Patrick Queen (1st round pick), and Jacob Phillips (3rd round pick), and two starters in the secondary, both Kristian Fulton at corner, and Grant Delpit at safety.
That’s 9 starters on offence, and 7 on defensive. OUCH.
This was half reflected in the preseason AP poll, which had the current champs ranked #6, despite their dominant form last year. However, after yesterdays outing, it’s looking like the #6 ranking was still too generous. I’d be surprised if they didn’t drop out of the top 10.
It’s incredibly difficult to rebuild a college football program nearly every season, and Ed Orgeron certainly has his work cut out. The Tigers could easily end up 6-4.
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