Former LSU defensive lineman and current ESPN analyst Booger McFarland didn't mince words Sunday morning when analyzing the Tigers' problems in just 139 characters.
"LSU- soft on both o and d line, Key is playing for the NFL not for LSU , Canada looks lost on offense and Coach O has to fix it , sooooft," McFarland said on Twitter.
The word "soft" has been throw around a good bit since the Tigers' historic loss Saturday night against Troy in Tiger Stadium.
Coaches and scouts used the word when describing LSU so far this season, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
"It wasn’t what you expect,” an unnamed assistant coach reportedly said. “You expect guys ready to kick your ass. There wasn’t any fire. Genetically they weren’t as good. On film, they weren’t as good. But these guys, I don’t know. These guys, I don’t even know what to say. I can’t believe they play the way they do. They’re soft. Soft. It doesn’t make sense.”
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Said LSU linebacker Devin White: "At the end of the day, it was who wanted it more. You could tell they wanted it more."
After Syracuse's loss Saturday to North Carolina State, coach Dino Babers chose to compare LSU and N.C. State, and he said the Tigers didn't compare favorably.
"I told people I though they were better than LSU," Babers said, according to a report from Syracuse.com. "I know they were better than LSU."
LSU (3-2, 0-1 SEC) has gone three-straight games without cracking 175 yards rushing for the first time since 2012.
On defense, after pitching a season-opening shutout vs. BYU and holding Chattanooga to 10 points, the Tigers have struggled against stiffer competition, yielding 37 points to Mississippi State, 23 second-half points vs. Syracuse and 206 rushing yards vs. Troy.
Troy (4-1) became the first team from outside the Southeastern Conference to win at Death Valley since UAB in 2000. They snapped the Tigers' streak of 49 straight home victories over non-league opponents.
"We did not look past Troy," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "This was about us. We did not play well."
LSU faces Florida in Gainesville on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.