1. What we learned

That this year’s LSU defense isn’t the inconsistent, sometimes messy one of last season. Even with starters missing — LBs Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis didn’t play — the unit put up a goose egg for a second straight game, the first time that’s happened since 1985. But enough about the D. The offense continues to be a work in progress. Remember the struggles in the first half against Wisconsin? They reared their head again in the first half of this one. They’re young. They’re inexperienced. It’ll take some time.

2. Trending now

How about defensive tackle Davon Godchaux? The Plaquemine native got his first career start and made a tackle-for-loss on Louisiana-Monroe’s second play from scrimmage. He seems to have surpassed older guys like Quentin Thomas, Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore at defensive tackle. And what about the backup linebacker tandem of Duke Riley and Deion Jones? The pair didn’t have many missteps in filling in for Alexander and Louis, who should both return next week.

3. Final thoughts

This win’s great from a confidence standpoint. A 31-0 drubbing? That’d excite anyone, but this is what LSU was supposed to do against a Sun Belt team. The Tigers are 3-0, and that was expected, too. LSU might get its toughest test next week when QB Dak Prescott and Mississippi State come to town. Has this team proven it can beat the Bulldogs at home? Yep. Has it proven it could go on the road and beat the likes of Auburn and Florida? Not yet.