Dallas, Texas was the center of the football world Sunday night, as the annual Sunday game this year was held between the Miami Hurricanes and the LSU Tigers. This came near the end of a long football weekend that saw a lot of powerhouses come out in Week 1 very flat, like James Franklin’s Nittany Lions and the Spartans of Michigan State. Arguably the worst performance of week 1, however, has to go to Mark Richt’s Miami bunch, who got whipped in the house that Jerry built. This left me wondering, along with other fans of the game, if LSU is the real deal, or if Mark Richt’s no show week just happened to be in September.
My verdict is that LSU is really good, but Mark Richt’s team is not as good as it was last year. Taking a look ahead, the rest of Miami’s schedule features a few games against schools who should stick to basketball, as well as a few nobodys and then two real contests against FSU and Virginia Tech (who looked like a top 10 bunch on week 1, by the way). I think that Miami could very easily go 9-3 this year, but I think that they overlooked this LSU team, and that this is the game that they will look back on in January when they find themselves in an average bowl game.
On the LSU side, I think they have the most potential of any team in the nation. The Miami game thrust RB Nick Brossette into the spotlight, who ran for 155 yards and 2 TDs. In two weeks this LSU team will roll into Auburn with the loser most likely out of SEC Championship contention, as both have to face Alabama. I think that LSU is a very talented team who will surprise a lot of people, but in their 3 big games of the year versus Georgia, Auburn, and Alabama, I think they will struggle to get a win. The offense is still young and inexperienced, and I don’t know how much they can rely on Joe Burrow if they are forced to air it out. Their defense is world-class but can only take a team so far; just ask a few Gus Malzahn Auburn teams.
My final opinion is that this was a world class example of a Mark Richt football team that was not ready to play come Saturday, or in this case, Sunday. Look to see Miami recover but make little noise come December.