With Auburn now behind them, the LSU football team has turned its attention to its next opponent, Mississippi State.

The big questions that I’ve been getting after the Auburn game are mostly revolved around the quarterback situation.

I know that Jarrett Lee is the hero of today and is the toast of the town. But I do not think he is as dominant as he played in the second half. With that being said, he is nowhere near as bad as he played in the first half either. So what I think you will see is that he will reside somewhere in the middle for the rest of the season.

With that being said, I think Andrew Hatch will continue to start — at least for the time being. Hatch seemed OK today and I think he will be more than ready to go by Saturday.

In Mississippi State, LSU is facing a tricky team. By that, I mean that they have I think very good talent and can play with the best in the league, much like they did against Auburn.

But I just think this is a great matchup for LSU in that the LSU front 7 is so talented and so deep that traditional power-eye offenses will always have a tough time moving it on the Tigers, no matter how good their system is.

I think that is why in recent years we’ve seen LSU totally dominate this series, winning the last 3 games by a combined 130-24.

What will be LSU’s biggest challenge Saturday will be going out and playing with the level of intensity they had against Auburn. There is a bye week next week before Florida 2 weeks from now. So let’s see if the Tigers will be going all-out, or if some guys will be racing to the finish line to get the break.

Much more on this game later in the week.
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Another NFL week is in the books. Here is my Week 4 power rankings. With 3 games in the books for most, there is no Indy, no Jacksonville, no New England and no San Diego in my list. Wow. Just another year in the parity-driven NFL.

Here’s the list.

1. Dallas Cowboys- 3-0 with three wins against fairly quality opponents. It’s becoming them 1 and everyone else a distant 2.

2. New York Giants – It’s hard to put them 2, because they did struggle to beat the Bengals at home. But they are easily the second best of the unbeaten.

3. Tennessee Titans – I am really beginning to think this team is for real. They have all the elements to win in January: steady quarterback, defense and a pound ‘em running game.

4. Buffalo Bills – The Bills continue their solid start with a win against the Raiders, albeit not a very impressive one.

5. Denver Broncos – I will put Denver at 5. And I know you all probably think they should be higher. But they just don’t play enough defense to compete late in the season. They could just as easily be 1-2 right now. No one gets the breaks to go their way all season and their poor break may come in a more valuable game later in the season.

6. Philadelphia Eagles – Near miss against Dallas, then a win against Pittsburgh shows me the Eagles are back and ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

7. Tampa Bay Bucs – To have a great season you have to: 1. Dominate at home 2. Play good defense 3. Win when you don’t play your best. Tampa has done all three, stealing one from Chicago yesterday.

8. Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens are 2-0 and are up to their usual tricks of scoring on defense and creating havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Do they have enough offense to keep it up? We’ll see.

9. Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers is no Brett Favre. But Green Bay really could have played better Sunday night and still only lost by 11 to the NFL’s best.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers – It’s always tough to win in Philly, so there is no shame in that loss. There is shame, however in Mike Tomlin not kicking a 40-yard field goal with his team down 9 points and rather going for it on 4th and 10 and not getting any points with just a minute to play.
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Headlines:

Shockey to miss 3-6 weeks – This is a big, big blow to the Saints who just can not catch a break this season. No Shockey, no Colston, no defense. No playoffs? We’ll have to wait and see. But it doesn’t look good.

Kiffin remains Raiders coach . . . For now – I think he would probably be better off n the long run if they did fire him. The Raiders are a mess. And I hate to say this so bluntly, but they will be that way until Al Davis gives up the team, whether by death or illness or whatever it will take for him to act in the best interests of the organization and move on.

Cubs clinch home-field advantage, beat the Mets – Both the Mets and Brewers are doing their best to fold like tents to miss out on the playoffs. It will be run to see which team bus has better acceleration speed in reverse, because that is what it will take as these teams back into the playoffs.

YouTube Video of the Day:

Will we maybe see this kid on the field this weekend? Is he even alive after this hit?

That’s all for me.

Have a good one!

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