Sunday, September 27, 2009

Football in NOLA - The Rare Trifecta

It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's always worth mentioning:

Tulane Green Wave 42, McNeese State Cowboys 32

LSU Tigers 30, Mississippi State Bulldogs 26

New Orleans Saints 27, Buffalo Bills 7

A good weekend for football in Louisiana.

My brief two-bit analysis: (1) Tulane wins against a ranked Division I-AA team. I guess chalking up a victory against any team is a good day for Tulane; but this one is nothing really to write home about. (2) LSU had an impressive goal line stand late in the 4th quarter; but this goal line stand should have been completely unnecessary. If LSU hadn't bungled what should have been a chip shot 19 yard field goal earlier, regardless of whether or not Mississippi State would have scored on its last major drive, the outcome of the game would never have been in question. LSU is lucky to be 4-0. If they don't improve in significant ways, they're gonna get eaten up by the big boys in the SEC. (3) On the other end of the spectrum, the Saints look surprisingly good at this point. They are playing solid, confident ball and are winning decisively.

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