LSU No Longer No. 2

By Adam Caparell - September 30, 2007

Just two measly points separate LSU and USC in the newest AP Poll, but the difference between the Tigers and Trojans five weeks into the season is much greater.

LSU became the new No. 1 team in the nation after narrowly edging out USC, 1,593-to-1,591, with Tigers receiving one more first place vote than the Trojans in the closest voting the poll has seen since 2002.

But an honest assessment of both teams would show you how LSU is the clear No. 1.

The Tigers are dominating on defense and dismantling teams on their way to a 5-0 record. They lead the nation statistically in three defensive categories and are second in scoring defense. They have two shutouts under their belt and their closest victory was 12 points to a very good South Carolina team, the No. 12 team in the nation at the time. And on the offensive side of the ball, not having JaMarcus Russell hasn't held them back one bit while Jacob Hester and Keiland Williams have carved up opposing defenses rather easily.

The Trojans, on the other hand, have surprisingly looked rather pedestrian for such a talent laden team. Undoubtedly, they've been a little banged up, but USC just hasn't been the juggernaut we all thought they'd be, especially Saturday against Washington on the road where the Huskies were in it right until the end. In USC's other wins against Idaho and Washington State, the Trojans were anything but impressive and it wasn't until the second half of the Nebraska game that the Trojans looked like the team we thought they'd be at the end of September. Granted, the Trojans looked pretty good against the then No. 14 Cornhuskers. But so did Ball State a week later.

And in those all important "Show Me" games, LSU has shown us a whole lote more. They took apart Virginia Tech and that vaunted Hokies defense in front of a national audience like few expected and beat Steve Spurrier at his own game, stuffing the Gamecocks rushing attack and running right through what had been one of the better rushing defenses in the SEC. USC, who has been featured prominently on the national game three times this season, has pretty much had just one half of superior play in Lincoln.

There's no way of denying that the Tigers are rolling right now and figure to face their biggest test of the season next weekend when they welcome new No. 9 Florida to Baton Rogue. It's another "Show Me" opportunity for the Tigers and a chance to knock the Gators out of the national title picture. It could be the third team LSU eliminates from national title consideration with Virginia Tech and South Carolina already a notch in their belt. How many can USC say its knocked out of the running? One. And a bad one at that.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 03:36 PM on September 30, 2007
Comments (2)


Adam, Great observations...why are there so few of you...sensible media persons that is...

for what its worth LSU domination seems obvious to me as well...

As a Tiger fan, I can tell the media did not watch the Tulane game. LSU looked no better than USC and giving up 6 sacks to a team that only beat Southeastern La by 8 is terrible. I think the tigers will turn out fine, but right now I put them behind USC and Cal

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