The Advocate’s 2014-15 bowl season preview _lowres

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris

No. 12 LSU scored 35 points in the first half and cruised to a 56-0 victory against Sam Houston State in the newly expanded Tiger Stadium.

What did we learn? Nothing really. LSU did what it was supposed to do in this game - open the renovated Tiger Stadium with a bang. Sam Houston State is not in LSU's class. If LSU came out to play this game was going to be a glorified scrimmage, and that's what it was.

So, who are the Tigers? (Cue angry voice of former Phoenix Cardinals coach Denny Green) They are who we thought they were. LSU is a young team that figures to get better every week. They have young, talented players who need a lot of confidence going into their SEC schedule. Mission accomplished.

Travin Dural looks familiar: Remember when the light came on for Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry and they were leaping and catching balls all over the field last year? Doesn't that same thing came to mind with LSU receiver Travin Dural? Apparently Dural was watching those guys and taking mental notes. The sophomore has grown into a good receiver, and the NFL awaits if he keeps this up.

A new quarterback? LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings has looked like a different player since the second half of last weekend's 28-24 victory against Wisconsin in the season opener. Jennings is confident and in control of the LSU offense. He is making good decision and throwing the ball with accuracy. He is playing like a quarterback who deserves to be named the sole starter.

Fournette shines: If star freshman Leonard Fournette is the player who everyone expects him to be, then remember the first quarter of the Sam Houston State game when he had his first big run (40 yards) and first touchdown (4 yards). Fournette showed patience and vision on Saturday. It is apparent he is learning.

Don't believe the hype: All week long the members of the LSU defense talked about how they were concerned about Sam Houston State's ability to run lots of plays. Apparently that was a talking point just to keep the Tigers motivated. The Bearkats were dominated by the faster and more physical LSU defense.

Brandon Harris gets in on the action: LSU freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a 46-yard touchdown run to make the score 35-0 with 2:19 left in the second quarter.

This is how they do it: Remember a couple of years ago when LSU was criticized for the way it sleepwalked in the first half of some of its games against "lesser" opponents in Tiger Stadium? That's no longer the case now and hasn't been for a couple of years. Credit LSU coach Les Miles and his coaching staff for getting across a level of importance to his players in regards to playing well early against lesser teams.

What is next: LSU (2-0) plays host to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.