Saturday, September 04, 2004
LSU had no business winning that game. But due to Alexis Serna's three missed extra points and a piss-poor defensive alignment late in the 4th quarter, Oregon State couldn't pull off the upset over the Bayou Bengals. The Tigers won 22-15 in overtime.
I'd also like to bitch about the horrible holding calls against the Beavers during LSU's drive in overtime. Folks, the SEC officials are the worst in all of college football. Tonight didn't change my assessment of them.
However, I'll tip my hat to Mike Riley's team tonight. The Beavers were considered to be crazy for wanting to play the Bayou Bengals in Baton Rouge to open up the 2004 season. Virginia Tech was originally scheduled to play LSU tonight, but won't do so until 2007. Oregon State earned a lot of respect tonight, as well as a nice payday.
In an interesting twist of irony, sort of, Oregon will play Oklahoma in Norman on Sept. 18. So both Oregon D-1 programs will play the two Sugar Bowl teams from the 2003 season in 2004. Of course, it should have been USC in the Sugar Bowl, not Oklahoma, but I digress.
The Beavers will be competitive in 2004. Their defense will give them a chance every Saturday. Derek Anderson is still a little too inconsistent. But as the season goes along, hopefully he will be more consistent for the Beavers.
As for LSU, they are not the same team from 2003. There's no way that this team will repeat as national champions. They have to go to Georgia, Auburn, and Florida. Brutal, just brutal.
College football is great. We're in for a hell of a season.