However, the folks in Baton Rouge feel they have a pretty good argument. Especially after LSU’s latest victory, 47-21, at No. 16 West Virginia Saturday night.
The Tigers (4-0) are the nation’s only team that has played three ranked teams in their first four games. LSU has defeated No. 3 Oregon 40-27 and won at No. 25 Mississippi State 19-6 and nearly hit half-a-hundred at West Virginia. None of those games were at home.
It was the most points allowed at home in regulation by West Virginia since allowing 48 to Maryland in 2002.
The Tigers were badly outgained – again – but won handedly. The defense allowed more than 500 yards, yet LSU won comfortably.
In the third quarter alone West Virginia racked up 231 yards (by comparison, LSU allowed only 193 the entire game at Mississippi State), but LSU was too resilient.
After Dustin Garrison’s 1-yard run pulled West Virginia within 27-21 with 1:16 remaining in the third, the capacity crowd of 62,056 at Milan Puskar Stadium was rocking.
The Mountaineers, trying to make a statement for the beleaguered Big East, had rallied from a 27-7 deficit.
On the ensuing kickoff, LSU’s Maurice Claiborne ended WVU’s upset hopes, racing 99 yards, putting the Tigers back up 34-21.
LSU added a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns in cruising to its 36th consecutive non-conference victory, the nation’s longest current streak.
Next up for LSU: a home gimmie against Kentucky on Saturday, followed by a visit from nationally ranked Florida on Oct. 8.
Is LSU the most fortunate team in America or the best? The Tigers might just be both.