Posted on: October 9, 2010 5:15 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It seems Las Vegas may know more than Florida coaches are willing to give them credit for. Earlier this week several Las Vegas sportsbooks took the Florida and LSU line off the board thanks to some questions about the status of Florida quarterback John Brantley. Florida coaches said Brantley was fine, and he practiced during the week.
Now, just a few hours before game time, we get this. According to a tweet from Gator Country , sources are saying that Brantley will be a game-time decision.
Obviously if the report is correct and Brantley can't go it would put Florida at a serious disadvantage against LSU. Well, as big a disadvantage as you can face when Jordan Jefferson is starting for the other team.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 4:40 pm
Posted by the College Football Blog Staff
Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that Les Miles wouldn't be the coach that screwed up the endgame the worst during Tennessee-LSU? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.
Utah punishes every single "win-go-up, lose-go-down" poll voter by dropping their night game at Iowa State, 31-20. The previously comatose Cyclone defense comes to life against the Utes, sacking Jordan Wynn four times and picking him off twice. The exasperated Utah coach, Kyle Whittingham, will blame the pollsters for Utah's upset loss, saying "I wasn't the one telling my guys they were the tenth best team in the [censored] nation." -- Adam Jacobi
Washington State slows down and upsets Oregon in Martin Stadium, claiming their first conference win with a 24-0 victory over the Ducks. The shutout will be thanks to the defense who, despite starting the day ranked 118th in the nation in yards allowed per game (509.8), shut down the best offense in nation by simply putting 11 linebackers on the field at all times. -- Chip Patterson
Michigan's defense actually shows up to play on Saturday, allowing Denard Robinson to see even more snaps behind center. The end result is a 600-yard performance from Robinson as the Wolverines coast to a surprisingly easy 42-17 victory over Michigan State, giving Denard an even firmer grasp on the Heisman Trophy. -- Tom Fornelli
Michigan and Michigan State's defenses completely shut each other down in a 3-2 Spartan victory in the Big House. Denard Robinson attempts to run 18 times, but is only held to 14 yards. Braylon Edwards gets behind the wheel and drives the Spartans back to East Lansing, hitting every bar on the way. At 73 mph. -- Chip Patterson
A week after having a huge day in a losing effort against Michigan, Indiana's Ben Chappell does even more damage in the Horseshoe. Chappell picks the Ohio State secondary apart for 520 yards and 5 touchdowns. Terrelle Pryor's leg injury reappears and the Buckeyes offense has absolutely no answer. The Hoosiers shock the world, picking up what would be considered the biggest win in the program's history. Final score: Indiana 45, Ohio State 31. -- Tom Fornelli
Oregon pours it on hapless Washington State for the full 60 minutes and becomes the first I-A team to hit the century mark since Houston beat Tulsa 100-6 in 1968. LaMichael James reclaims the top spot in Heisman consideration with 532 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Oregon cruises, 113-0. -- Adam Jacobi
The game between LSU and Florida is an all-time epic performance that will be talked about 50 years from now. The game goes back and forth as the offenses take turns destroying the defenses, and the defenses respond in kind. Finally, in the fourth quarter Jordan Jefferson takes the field with LSU down 24-20 and two minutes left on the clock. He has yet to throw an interception as the Tigers begin their drive. They enter get inside the Florida 20-yard line as the clock goes under the minute mark. Les Miles stands on the sidelines with no worries in the world. Amazingly, he still has all three of his timeouts left. He uses them well, and Gary Crowton calls the perfect plays as Jefferson hits Terrence Toliver for the game winning touchdown with 12 seconds left. LSU wins 27-24. -- Tom Fornelli
In a scene reminiscent of the realistic football documentary Varsity Blues, the Texas Tech players rise up in mutiny against head coach Tommy Tuberville at halftime as they trail Baylor 21-3. Red Raiders QB Taylor Potts makes one call on his cell phone, and five minutes into the third quarter, Mike Leach parachutes onto the field, delighting the Cotton Bowl crowd. Leach, seeing no sheds present at the game, has WR Adam James locked in a bathroom stall for the rest of the game. Leach re-installs the spread, Baylor's defense is overmatched, and the Red Raiders prevail 34-31. -- Adam Jacobi
South Carolina upsets Alabama 28-24 after Mark Ingram has his 5th fumble of the game on the goal line in the final seconds. Trent Richardson, who had 250 yards rushing in the game, erupts with rage that he did not get a chance to win the game himself. In the locker room, things get heated. Our own Tom Fornelli emerges from Richardson's locker and pins Ingram's arms behind his back, allowing Richardson to head-butt Ingram and knock the Heisman Trophy winner to the ground. Alabama coach Nick Saban suspends Ingram for the confrontation, claiming "the kid showed no fight." -- Chip Patterson
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Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 12:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
At just about any school in the country, if you were a quarterback who in the team's first five games of the season had managed to throw for only 449 yards while barely completing half of your passes, and had thrown two touchdowns and six interceptions, you probably wouldn't be expecting to start the sixth game. If your school was LSU, though, and your head coach was Les Miles, you'd have no reason to worry.
In his never-ending quest to win football games in spite of himself, Les Miles announced on Wednesday that Jordan Jefferson will once again be LSU's starting quarterback this Saturday against Florida. Actually, when asked who the team's starter would be, Miles said that he thinks "it will probably go exactly the same."
Which means that Jefferson will start, play terribly, get bailed out by his defense, and then Les Miles will do something insane at the end of the game that should cost him his job yet, somehow, will result in another victory.
Which I guess is Miles' reasoning. Sure, the LSU offense outside of Stevan Ridley has been the equivalent of the Hindenburg disaster -- oh the humanity -- but the Tigers are still 5-0. Let's just ignore that Jarrett Lee -- who comes with his own share of "hey I'm just gonna close my eyes and throw this ball somewhere" problems -- threw for 185 yards against Tennessee last week and has a rating of 133.22 (Jefferson's at 87.99) this season.
Heaven forbid Miles put in the quarterback who has shown a modicum of competency this season, then the games might not be close enough at the end for him to totally mess them up and get away with it. And what fun is Les Miles if he doesn't have a chance to nearly blow a game?
Posted on: October 4, 2010 7:33 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 10:50 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
On Monday a radio station in southern Florida, WAXY-70AM, reported that Miami quarterback Jacory Harris had a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Which is understandable seeing as how Harris completed only 13-of-33 passes in Miami's win against Clemson on Saturday. With numbers like that it's only natural to think that something must be wrong with the kid's shoulder, but that just means you aren't familiar with the special brand of entertainment that is Jacory Harris.
Jacory prefers to coin that kind of performance as "Saturday" or sometimes he'll mix it up with the occasional "Thursday night."
For further proof, just ask Jacory's father. He'll tell you everything is just fine.
Of the shoulder injury, Rodney Harris said, “From what I understand talking to him, he’s doing OK. He’s a little sore from getting beat up on a little, but he’s doing all right. He’s fine.”
Rodney Harris also went on to say that his son is having no trouble with his surgically repaired thumb. The Sun-Sentinel also reports that, according to a source at Miami, Jacory does have a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder. A sprain he supposedly suffered during that one "Thursday night" against Pitt a week and a half ago.
Oh, and for those of you Miami fans out there who would like to see the interceptions stop, Jacory's dad offers this.
“He can’t stop being aggressive, he has to go for it,” Rodney Harris said. “If [an interception] happens, it happens. We play defense and keep going. …I know he can’t sit back and think about those interceptions. He’s got to brush those off and move on. He’s done that and he’ll continue to do it.”
Now, now, don't worry too much about it. Sure, 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions isn't exactly the optimum stat line you'd like to see from your quarterback, but it's good enough to win the ACC. Besides, things could be worse, you could have Jordan Jefferson.
Posted on: October 2, 2010 7:07 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 8:22 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
You can always count on one thing when watching a college football game that features a team coached by Les Miles. There's going to be some game clock mismanagement and probably an insane ending to the game to go with it. We got just that on Saturday in Baton Rouge.
Tennessee had a 14-10 lead on LSU in the final minutes of the game, with LSU driving. With a minute and a half left in the game the Tigers faced a 4th and 9, and being down by four, had to go for it. Of course, being LSU, they had to pick up a delay of game penalty first. Still, somehow Jarrett Lee fired a pass through three Tennessee defenders and into the arms of Terrence Tolliver for a first down.
Then the crazy started.
LSU had the ball at the Tennessee two-yard line in the final seconds, facing a second and goal. Les Miles then sent Jordan Jefferson in for Lee so that Jefferson could run a quarterback draw. Jefferson was tackled at the one-yard line, and since LSU had no timeouts left, the Tigers had to scramble back to the line.
Which, for some reason known to nobody but Les Miles, was when the Tigers starting sending in substitutions. That head scratcher was then met with Tennessee sending in substitutions, with the clock winding down all the while. So, eventually, LSU snapped the ball with a second left on the clock, but the snap was low and Jefferson couldn't corral it. So Tennessee jumped on the ball and the celebration started for Derek Dooley and his boys.
A celebration that didn't last very long, for there was a penalty flag on the field. Remember all those inexplicable substitutions? Yes, well, it turns out Tennessee sent out one too many and had 12 men on the field.
LSU got one more play, untimed, and Stevan Ridley got in the end zone. LSU won, and somehow Les Miles will still be employed tomorrow morning.
Posted on: October 2, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 5:24 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
I start this post off with that highlight of Jordan Jefferson 's 83-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter because since then this game has been a whole lot of ugly. LSU has 216 yards of offense in the first half, but once you remove Jefferson's run from that total, it becomes a lot less impressive. Instead it's been more of the same things we saw against West Virginia last week.
The Tigers have turned the ball over twice, and when they weren't turning it over they were spending their time dropping snaps, passes, or just plain overthrowing receivers by 20 yards. In other words, Jordan Jefferson is putting the entire repertoire on display this afternoon.
Why Les Miles and Gary Crowton do anything other than hand the ball to Stevan Ridley, I'll never know.
The good news for LSU is that its defense is still its defense. Tennessee managed to score a touchdown late in the first quarter, but the majority of the time the Vols have been peeling Matt Simms off the ground. The LSU defensive line is manhandling Tennessee's offensive line, and they're making Simms pay just about every time he drops back to pass.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:05 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
As things currently stand LSU is tied with Auburn atop the SEC West with a conference record of 2-0, and Alabama sits behind both teams at 1-0. That doesn't mean that LSU doesn't have it's share of problems, though. First of all, LSU was 4-0 last season with a 2-0 start in conference as well before stumbling to the finish line with a 5-3 record in the SEC.
The problem last year was the offense, particularly the passing game, and not much has changed in 2010. The Tigers rank last in the SEC in both passing and passing efficiency, and are ranked 102 in total offense nationally. In their win against West Virginia on Saturday night seven of the team's 20 points came on a punt return. Another seven came on a touchdown after a WVU fumble left LSU with the ball at the Mountaineers 7-yard line. The Tigers also got a field goal after another West Virginia turnover left them with a short field.
In other words, LSU's best offense is its defense.
So after Les Miles put Jarrett Lee in for Jordan Jefferson for a series in the fourth quarter -- after Jefferson heard a fair share of boos from the home crowd -- people started wondering if a quarterback change might be in the Baton Rouge air.
Well there will be no change. Miles was asked if Jefferson would start against Tennessee this weekend and said "yeah."
"I have had quarterbacks not nearly as talented as either one of these two guys. ... It's an offensive issue. It's one that we need to make sure we correct collectively. ... I've had quarterback's that have not played well ... but they seemed to get better and I suspect this will happen again."
It is an offensive issue, and one that's directly tied to the quarterback. It's very hard for receivers to make plays when their quarterback is overthrowing them by ten yards on a regular basis, or just throwing the ball directly to the opposition. Jefferson finished the West Virginia game 10-of-22 for 75 yards and two interceptions.
So, yes, LSU does have offensive issues. They're called Jordan Jefferson.
Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:35 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
LSU was able to move to 4-0 on the season with a 20-14 win over West Virginia on Saturday night in Baton Rouge, but they may have also picked up a quarterback controversy in the process. Make no mistake about it, LSU did not win because of anything Jordan Jefferson or the offense did, but more in spite of them.
The Tigers offense finished the game with only 229 yards of offense, with 125 of them coming via Stevan Ridley' s legs. Other than Ridley, there was a bit left to be desired.
Particularly with Jefferson, who finished the night 10 of 22 with 76 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. There were also a couple more passes that should have been picked off, and Jefferson heard plenty of boos from the home crowd before the game was over. In fact, in a key drive late in the fourth quarter, Les Miles put backup Jarrett Lee in for Jefferson.
A move Miles may want to consider making for the remainder of the 2010 season.
Saturday night marked the third consecutive game in which Jefferson did not throw a touchdown and he didn't inspire much confidence in the rest of his team. If it wasn't for a very strong LSU defense and the punt return stylings of one Patrick Peterson, this game would have turned out a bit differently.
LSU has a defense strong enough to win the SEC, it's just that with Jefferson starting at quarterback it's clear the offense isn't good enough to carry its share of the load. Giving Lee a shot next week -- at the very least a share of the snaps -- against Tennessee couldn't hurt.