Week 13

LSU 54, Texas A&M 39: What Does It All Mean?


LSU came up with something special, cranking up a 54-39 win over Texas A&M. What does it all mean?


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LSU 54, Texas A&M 39: What Does It All Mean?

Derrius Guice is pretty good at playing football

Leonard Fournette might still be the best running back on the planet when he’s healthy, but Derrius Guice is making a big announcement that he’s going to be a really, really big deal in 2017 no matter who the head coach is. His school-record 285 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries showed off the power, quickness, and speed that had so many insiders raving about over the last few years, and while this game doesn’t erase not getting into the end zone late against Florida – not his fault – this is what everyone will remember him for this offseason.

Danny Etling is a real, live quarterback?

It might be way too late in the process – obviously – but it wasn’t just Guice who took over the game. Etling completed 20-of-28 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns, taking advantage of all the attention being paid to No. 5 and spreading the ball around well. Four different Tigers cranked up 50 receiving yards or more and eight different players caught passes. The LSU offense exploded for 622 yards, and while that’s the Texas A&M defense not being able to do much of anything on the line, it’s also the offense showing off what it probably could’ve and should’ve been all along – but without Fournette and Brandon Harris in the backfield.

The return of Trevor Knight made it interesting.

In a surprise move, Knight managed to fight back and play with the injured shoulder that was supposed to keep him out for the year, or at least until the bowl game, and it showed early on. The zip wasn’t there as the offense stalled on too many missed throws and opportunities. But he roared back in the fourth quarter and helped make it a game, hitting 14-of-30 passes for 211 yards and three scores with Christian Kirk and Speedy Noil each cranking up over 100 receiving yards. But …

Does this loss mean Kevin Sumlin is in trouble?

Yeah. Absolutely. With all the coaching rumors and talk going around, now the spotlight should turn to Sumlin, whose team was No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, and right after it went on to lose three of its next four games and four in six. The loss means the Aggies will finish fourth in the West, and while that doesn’t really matter overall, it means they’re not going to the SEC Championship, the College Football Playoff, the Sugar Bowl, or anything really, really big. And now the talk will pick up about going a different direction, but likely without the option of …

Tom Herman? Nice timing, LSU.

All Ed Orgeron did was bring a dead season back to life and potentially did enough to get into Sugar Bowl range. If Florida loses to Florida State and Alabama, and Auburn loses to the Crimson Tide, it’s possible LSU could sneak into the New Year’s Six. But that’s probably not going to be enough for Orgeron to get the gig. Give LSU credit for thinking and going big if it’s able to get Herman – no matter if he’s the real deal or not, the Tigers are apparently going after The Guy. But as this win showed, they might already have the right coach on the sidelines.