Two days remain before second place in the SEC Western Division will be decided when LSU takes on Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium.

People are sleeping on the Rebels, but they are a very, very good football team.

Gone is the stupidity of Ed Orgeron and the unprepared Rebels. But in is Houston Nutt and his great ability to gameplan and to get his teams ready to play in big games.

I think the emphasis this week for LSU will be the first quarter. Outside of the Alabama game, LSU has played terribly in the first quarters of their big games and if they want to have a chance this weekend, they’d better jump out 7-0, or at least 7-7.

Being down 21-7, or 31-3 like last weekend will end up in a big, fat “L”.

It’s cliche and it can be said about any football game, but the biggest key for LSU will be turnovers. LSU is at its best when their defense is flying to the football and forcing turnovers like in the second halves against Troy and South Carolina.

They’re at their worst when their quarterbacks are throwing the football to the wrong team and when they are going three and out, like in the first quarter against Florida and the first half against Troy.

This team just is not as consistent as LSU teams of years past, and depending on which LSU team shows up, we’ll see how the outcome plays out.

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Men’s basketball has looked at the film of Saturday’s win against Jackson State and are ready to make adjustments tonight against Alcorn State.

LSU played “OK” in the season opener. Nothing special, but nothing terrible, either.

Here is what I think fans should hope to see tonight against a woeful Alcorn State squad.

1. Better point guard play – I do not care how many points Bo Spencer had. He had ZERO assists. That will not cut it in the SEC. Look for Bo to try to get everyone involved tonight.

2. Defense – LSU gave up 39 points in the first half against Jackson State before righting the ship in the second half. That type of defensive effort would have sent former coach John Brady into a stroke, probably, so look for LSU to try to dominate on defense tonight.

3. Outside shooting. LSU was 4-of-14 against Jackson from deep. I know the Tigers will not be an amazing three-point team. But if they can get up to a 35-37% clip, they can be a dangerous team this year.

Alcorn is terrible (lost to Houston by 50+ points and lost to MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE), so LSU will win this game big.

It’s just a matter of getting better, and I think you’ll see LSU do that tonight.

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That’s it for me!

Have a good one!

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