After LSU's worst loss to Mississippi State in the series' 110-game history Saturday, former Tiger and SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears summed up his pointed feelings about the state of the Tiger program in less than a minute.
"LSU fans, as an alumnus, we aren't who we think we are," Spears said in a segment on his new show, Thinking Out Loud. "We've become a mediocre football team, and a middle-of-the-pack, very average college football program. We have to stop believing that we are one of those teams that at the end of the year is going to be standing tall..."
Spears went on to point out that LSU's conference record since 2012 is 25-16.
"We are no longer a championship team," Spears said, summing up his argument.
After the Tigers lost to Florida last season on the game's final play -- an outcome that ultimately cost LSU a spot in the Sugar Bowl, Advocate columnist Scott Rabalais predicted "the Tigers will finish in some middling bowl worthy of LSU’s standing as a second-class college football power."
Last Saturday, Mississippi State scored its most points in a game against LSU in Starkville, held the Tigers to their fewest points in the series since 1975 and rocked Orgeron’s group in a nationally televised affair in which it was a touchdown favorite.
“Put it on me,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said after the game. “We’re going to look at our guys’ play. Maybe we’re not as good as we thought we were. We got handled on the front, both sides of the front.”
LSU took its first loss in Starkville in 17 years — eight tries — and lost to State for just a fifth time in the past 33 seasons.
Said LSU defensive lineman Greg Gilmore: "I’m embarrassed. This was an embarrassment."
LSU (2-1, 0-1 SEC) returns to action Saturday night against Syracuse (1-1) in Tiger Stadium.
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