1. What we learned
Any hopes LSU would rebound with an inspired performance at Ole Miss after two straight sobering losses were quickly dashed by a string of penalties mistakes and generally dismal play. The Tigers fell behind 24-0 before mounting any semblance of a comeback. Brandon Harris looked like he has regressed as a quarterback, Leonard Fournette still often had little room to run and the defense continues to be gashed seemingly more and more week upon week. The result: A 7-0 start has been eclipsed by LSU’s first three-game losing streak since 1999.
2. Trending now
Les Miles. In virtually every respect, the way this game was played and the outcome was the opposite of what LSU’s beleaguered coach needed to have happen. His Tigers looked undisciplined and generally disorganized, though discouraged has to be a factor as well. Miles has always worked his way out of jams like this one and looked like he might again as LSU pulled within 24-17 early in the third quarter. But the Tigers couldn’t stop the Rebels’ potent offense, and the game turned into a runaway loss at the worst possible time for The Hat.
3. Final thoughts
Rarely if ever has an LSU season gone so bad so quickly. Everyone figured the Tigers’ November schedule would be difficult, but few could have figured LSU would be 0-3 after October. The Tigers are in a serious tailspin, the kind that calls into question the state of the entire program, not merely the result of a single game or even a string of games. The focus has gone from Fournette’s Heisman candidacy and LSU’s worth as a national title contender to Miles’ tenure as coach in less than a month. Stunning.