Tiger fans,

As all of you know, LSU pounded North Texas 41-3 in front of a full Tiger Stadium.

Charles Scott was again the hero for LSU, rushing for more than 100 yards and 2 touchdowns on just a handful of carries.

The lines for Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch were nearly identical as Lee went 10-18 with 83 yards and Hatch was 10-17 with 124 yards and an interception.

So, what did we really figure out from this game?

Earlier in the week, I gave a list of things we would look to find out in this game — some were answered, some unanswered.

Here is what I took from this game.

1. LSU has one tailback who needs to get 30-35 carries in the SEC schedule. Charles Scott is above and beyond the best back LSU has and he should be the undisputed starter. Keiland Williams and Richard Murphy should be nothing more than change of pace guys.

2. Is LSU’s kickoff guys that bad? Or are they intentionally kicking it short to feed their incredibly fast kickoff coverage unit?

3. Colt David is becoming automatic. He is a legitimate All-American kicker.

4. Chris Hawkins looked lost . . . a lot. The hook route was always open on him and I think Jai Eugene and Patrick Peterson are LSU’s two best CB’s.

5. The defense did well without Darry Beckwith. But make no mistake, LSU needs a healthy Beckwith for two reasons. 1. He is LSU’s best backer. 2. Cutrera being a starter makes the LSU backups less experienced.

6. I don’t really care who the LSU starter will be at QB. I just want the guy who isn’t afraid to throw it past 10 yards. Neither have thrown a good deep ball so far this season and that could be a major problem down the line.

Overall, I give the team about a C+/B- grade. They didn’t throw it as well as I’d have liked against a pathetic secondary. But they tackled well and didn’t seem to have a ton of rust after having a long layoff.

We will learn far, far more next week, obviously.

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There was a ton of SEC action today, obviously. Here is the final scores with a few notes about each game.

Tennessee 35

UAB 3

Notes: Tennessee is not in the ranks of the elite. They just don’t have it this year.

Georgia 14

S. Carolina 7

Notes: Georgia did not look like the flawless, national championship shoe-in they think they are. They were a few fluke plays away from being 0-1 in the SEC.

Kentucky 20

Middle Tennessee 14

Notes: Middle Tennessee’s last-second hail mary was caught, but the receiver was tackled at the one-yard line. It was almost deja vu all over again for UK.

Vanderbilt 38

Rice 21

Notes: Don’t sleep on Vandy, gang. They are 3-0 with a win against S. Carolina and two pretty good mid-majors.

Ole Miss 34

Samford 10

Notes: Ole Miss will upset one of the major teams they face this year. Houston Nutt is always good for one upset.

Auburn 3

Miss State 2

Notes: Auburn hit a three-run homer in the top of the 4th to go ahead for good. Nah, seriously, both of these teams looked pretty awful. I like LSU’s chances going into next week a lot better now than I did before.

Alabama 41

W. Kentucky 7

Notes: After laying an egg against Tulane last week, there was no way Alabama would overlook these guys.

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Of course with Saturday now in the past, that means Sunday is the present and the Saints are playing the Skins.

Here are my 3 keys for each team, along with a prediction.

Keys for the Saints.

1. Depth – The Saints have according to my math 5-6 starters out on both sides of the ball. Good teams are teams who can plug in reserves and not miss a beat. Ala the Patriots.

2. Reggie, Reggie, Reggie – He proved last week how good he can be when he is looking to make plays and not looking to protect his body.

3. Who’s number 2? – With Colston out, it’s clear David Patten will be the new number 1 guy. But who will be the new number 2 guy? Devery? Meachem? Copper?

Keys for Skins.

1. Protection – Jason Campbell got beaten into the ground in Week 1. They need to protect him far better if they want to have any chance.

2. Deep ball blues – With Randall Gay, Roman Harper and maybe Mike McKenzie all out for the Saints in the secondary, look for the Skins to try to connect on several bombs.

3. Redzone offense- The Redskins are not a high powered, high octane offense. So when they get chances, they need to convert.

Prediction: Saints by 10 in a shootout 34-24.

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Headlines:

K-Rod breaks record in Angels win – K-Rod is the best closer of my generation. Next up for him? Hoffman’s all-time saves record.

USC dominates Ohio State in rout – There is a clear-cut No. 1. That was a dominant showing from the Trojans.

Weis injured in Notre Dame win – People will make jokes and riddles about this injury or whatever. But Weis’ Irish are 2-0. With a roster of freshmen and sophomores, they are dangerous. I don’t care what Notre Dame haters say.

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YouTube Video of the Day:

Young man, you got knocked the f**k out.

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That’s all for me!

Happy Sunday!

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