1. What we learned
The LSU Tigers aren’t as good as they think they are. For the second straight week, the Tigers gave a low-wattage effort against an outclassed nonconference opponent. The long trip to unfamiliar Syracuse could be explained for the effort there, but this was Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, the Tigers looked like they thought Eastern Michigan would leave to cash its $985,000 guarantee check after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but it wasn’t that way at all as they led only 20-14 at halftime en route to a harder-than-expected 44-22 win.
2. Trending now
Leonard Fournette. It seems the LSU tailback is out to retire The Advocate’s “Trending Now” trophy. After setting personal record upon personal record in LSU’s first three victories, Fournette had 26 carries for 233 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, including a signature 75-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter. He now has 864 yards and 11 TDs for the season. Still, Fournette appeared to have to work harder for his yards than was expected against a team allowing an FBS worst 373.3 ypg rushing. LSU totaled 399 on the ground.
3. Final thoughts
LSU returns to the serious work of winning in the SEC next week at South Carolina, a game the Tigers should win. But waiting after that is a Florida team that waxed No. 3 Ole Miss 38-10 on Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. LSU has a lot of improving to do to stay unbeaten after these next two games. The passing game got a failing grade Saturday, special teams were hardly special, penalties still too high. An unsatisfying win must be the Tigers’ wake-up call if they are to remain a championship contender.