Well, that certainly breaks whatever tie existed between the Alabama and LSU defenses.
Which, of course, means we may have a break in the national championship race.
Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest is reporting that at least three LSU players will be suspended for Saturday’s Auburn game. Two of them appear to be All-American cornerback-in-the-making Tyrann Mathieu and leading rusher Spencer Ware. Les Miles would not confirm the suspensions Wednesday night.
The Tigers can beat Auburn without both. It puts the game more in question but the Tigers should still win. Most of the implications from today have to do with Nov. 5. Will those guys be on the field against Alabama?
If not, hand our first national semifinal game to the Crimson Tide. Mathieu is a shutdown corner, a punt returner, LSU’s best defender. He was the best Heisman contender at his position since Charles Woodson. Take that kind of guy off the field against Alabama, and that makes not only AJ McCarron more dangerous as a thrower. It makes Trent Richardson a better runner.
Remember, Mathieu has forced six turnovers this season while scoring two touchdowns on defense and special teams. This is shocking conduct from a Honey Badger.
The LSU student paper is reporting that Ware and Mathieu failed drug tests. It’s not immediately clear what procedures are in place at LSU, but at many major programs players face three levels of testing -– from the school, the conference and the NCAA.