Alabama has clearly been the best team in the country this season, which is supported by being a near-unanimous No. 1 in both the AP and coaches polls. Either LSU cornerback Dwayne Thomas hasn’t been paying attention, watching or got the memo, but he is certainly not mincing words when he looks forward to next week’s SEC West clash with the Crimson Tide.
“I really see us dominating this offense. I really see us dominating this team,” Thomas said when discussing next week’s game with Alabama (LSU and Alabama are each off this week). “This is the year. We’ve been letting them off the hook for the last couple of years. This is my senior year. We’re going out with a bang. It’s time for us to bring that win back. We’re going to be at home. I feel like we have the edge to take it to them, and we’re going to take it to them. I feel like we’re going to dominate this game.”
Alabama has the nation’s 15th-ranked offense, averaging 498.0 yards per game. LSU has the 14th-ranked defense, allowing just 313.9 yards per game. If there is an area of concern for Alabama that LSU could exploit, it may be in the turnover game. The Crimson Tide have lost the football 12 times. Alabama has made up for it on defense though, with 16 takeaways and a ton of points scored by the defense.
Alabama has won five straight games in the series, starting with the 2012 BCS Championship Game. LSU has not scored more than 17 point sin a game against Alabama during that run. Alabama will be a solid favorite against the Tigers this season, but LSU has started to turn a corner since making a coaching change. Ed Orgeron is 3-0 since taking over for the fired Les Miles, and the impact of having a healthy Leonard Fournette was on full display last weekend against Ole Miss. LSU may be playing their best football at the best possible time. Will it be enough to give Alabama a challenge?
We’ll just have to wait to find out for sure, unless you want to just skip it and take Thomas at his word.
LSU has reinstated three players just days before fall practices are scheduled to open in Baton Rouge. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive lineman Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas will all be available to practice after being indefinitely suspended from the program.
LSU head coach Les Miles made the decision Friday afternoon with the indication the three players will undergo further in-house discipline. All three were suspended in response to an incident involving alleged unauthorized entry of an inhabited building. The alleged victim in that incident has since asked for the charges against the LSU football players to be dropped. That is exactly what has happened, allowing the door for Miles to welcome back all three, which he suspected might be the case.
No formal charges were filed against the three LSU players.
But wait! There’s more!
Earlier today, LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested on Thursday for his involvement in a bar fight in a parking lot, in which he was accused of beating a man unconscious, picking his pockets and then punching the man’s girlfriend in the face. That led to LSU indefinitely suspending the defensive tackle from the team while the legal process plays itself out. It turns out Lealaimatafao was not the only LSU Tiger appearing in the police blotter in Baton Rouge.
LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive lineman Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas were all arrested by LSU police and charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling according to a new report from The Advocate. These three players were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison Thursday evening, and suspensions should probably be expected shortly from the LSU football office. At this point in time, it is unknown if there is any connection to the Lealaimatafao incident reported earlier in the day.
What is known is the unauthorized entry incident occurred Sunday, and the three accused Tigers were not alone. Three additional men were also believed to be involved, although there is no reported or confirmed connection to the football team according to the police report. It is reported the six men were attempting to reclaim items previously stolen from Jennings’ apartment earlier in the month, including a Sony PlayStation 4 and a MacBook Air (which had already been returned to Jennings) and shoes.
Thomas was identified by the alleged victim’s roommate, who was home at the time of the break-in. Time will tell just how this all plays out in the legal system, but there is one thing for sure right now. Head coach Les Miles may want to turn his cell phone off, because he is not getting a whole lot of good news on the phone today.
Jennings is expected to be the starting quarterback for LSU this spring, although now it remains to be seen if he will get to start the first game of the season, against McNeese State on September 5. Of course, LSU should win that game even if it has to suspend three-fourths of the starting line-up. Let’s hope it does not reach that point though. It has been a rough day for LSU football in the headlines, and it causes the program that has been dealt with numerous police issues in recent years to be on guard for just about anything.