The LSU Tigers did just about everything but win on Saturday in Athens, ultimately falling 44-41 to the home standing Georgia Bulldogs. It took a few clutch plays down the stretch by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray to pull the Bulldogs through.
And while Les Miles and his team suffered their first loss of the season, not all is lost for the Tigers. In fact, LSU controls its own destiny in the SEC Western Division. And while that is a good feeling for Miles and his team, it does not mean that it’s going to be easy.
LSU visits the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday night in a game that the Tigers should win. The old cliché says “don’t let a team beat you twice” and that’s what the Tigers will be up against on Saturday in Starkville. Georgia beat the Tigers last week, but Miles and his team cannot let Georgia beat them again this week.
In two weeks, LSU returns home to face the Florida Gators, the first of four ranked opponents that remain on the LSU schedule. The following week, LSU visits another ranked team, the Ole Miss Rebels, before hosting Furman on Oct. 26.
After a week off, LSU hopes that the Nov. 9 game against the Alabama Crimson Tide will be important in the SEC Western Division race.
The remaining schedule is daunting for LSU, but with the play of quarterback Zach Mettenberger and running back Jeremy Hill, the Tigers should have enough firepower to compete in all of these contests. But are there too many hurdles in the way for LSU? Only time will tell.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.