LSU Loses More Than Its Identity
Let's rewind the clock back a few months. The LSU Tigers were on top of the college football world as the National Champions and look poised to stay on top for the next several years. Not only were they wrong, but no one could've predicted what was to come.
On Saturday the Missouri Tigers defeated the LSU Tigers 45-41 in Columbia, Missouri. The game, which was previously scheduled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but was moved due to Hurricane Delta, showed a weakness in several key positions. It was an overall weakness more than an individual loss.
The defense for LSU (if you want to call it that) was complete at fault for the loss. LSU surrendered a stunning 585 total yards. Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelek, in his first career start, completed 29 of 34 passes for 406 yards and 4 touchdowns. The biggest stat in this game was that Missouri had 0 turnovers. Watching the game, you could see that this defense wasn't and hasn't played at a level worthy of being elite.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media after the game and was very disappointed in his team's defensive effort.
"We couldn’t stop anybody. A really poor showing on defense...it was embarrassing,” Coach Orgeron said. “We’ve got to get it fixed.”
LSU did have a chance to win this game in the 4th quarter, but like everything else for LSU, it was stopped short. This loss rests solely on the shoulders of a really bad defense and the sad reality is, I don't think this will be the last loss on the schedule for the LSU Tigers this season.