Certain teams find that they have enough talent to overlook an opponent and still come away with a victory. In fact, that very scenario has happened with the Alabama Crimson Tide at least twice this season. While the Tide did not play their best games, they were still able to win.
For those teams that don’t possess the talent to pull off this trick, they must play every play of every game or they take a chance on losing to a lesser opponent, especially on the road.
That very thing happened to the LSU Tigers on Saturday night, as they were upset 27-24 by the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford. LSU was awful in the first half, especially on offense. They trailed 10-0 at the break and 17-0 early in the third quarter.
That’s when LSU decided to show up. The Tigers rallied and eventually tied the game 24-24 with just over three minutes left when Zach Mettenberger hit Jarvis Landry with a touchdown pass.
But the LSU defense could not stop Ole Miss, who won the game on a field goal with just three seconds left.
The 2013 version of the LSU Tigers has been much different than in years past. This year’s team has been really good on offense, and not as good on defense. Neither unit was great on Saturday night, and it likely cost LSU any chance at the BCS.
Les Miles has done a good job over the years of not letting his team look ahead. However, LSU may have gotten a false sense of security after playing well recently. What they found out on Saturday is that they are not one of those teams that can overlook an opponent and get away with it.
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.