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Will they come out flat against Clemson and look unprepared b/c they didn't get the bowl choice they wanted?
If the LSU players and coaches hate this selection then they need to change a few things to not let it happen again in future.
1. Catch the ball
2. Learn the play 2 min defense
3. Don't commit stupid personal foul penalties.
4. Don't call fakes/trick plays when it's not needed.
5. Stop being predictable and lack creativity on offense.
We are in this position b/c of a combination of the above. Do the players/coaches hang their heads and feel sorry for themselves and coast in to Clemson game or do they put in the work/game planning and come out and dominate an opponent?
It's time to lay the foundation for next season by letting younger players get work in during practice and for the offense to develop some consistency and demonstrate improvement.
Number 5 deserves novellas worth of commentary. It also needs to be far higher on your list. This team has plenty of heart. It watches its leader call a gam not to lose far more often than it watches him play to win. It's reflected in close-but-no-cigar losses and gut-wrenching, unsatisfying wins.
The answer to the original question is: Absolutely. After all, isn't that our "modus operandi?"
If they come out and beat Clemson and take care of business then that will tell me something about next year's guys. If they aren't up for it then that tells me we are looking at the same situation next year.
This is more a philosophical question, but does a performance (bowl game) played a month after the last "regular" game really tell you anything? Either about this team, much less next years team?
If Mingo and Mongomery play for the NFL scouts like we thought they would (but didn't) in the regular season, what does that mean or matter, they are leaving anyway? Similarly, if Reid or Minter play a huge game and they are pushed into the draft, isn't that counter-productive? If Mettenberger and is receivers click vs. a sad sack ACC defense, can we extrapolate that to mean 8 months from then they will continue that success?
I just don't draw any conclusions, much less expectations from a bowl performance.
I think we play well but even if we do nothing is guaranteed including changes in your 1-5 list...
This post was edited by TigersRule1 19 months ago
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