Les Miles and LSU have had some fortunate breaks this year. Tennessee handed them a victory. The botched fake field goal and subsequent first down was a quirky break that LSU capitalized on against Florida. It conjures an eerie similarity to Iowa last year. Iowa needed two blocked field goals to beat UNI, a blocked punt and following momentum to beat Mr. Paterno, 7 gets 6, and Stanzi deciding that the fourth quarter was ,indeed, the best quarter to remind Indiana that they were, indeed, Indiana.
However, I do not think these comparisons are going to be fair (Not that I would ever expect the SEC to get more credit they deserve). Iowa did capitalize on mistakes and breaks, but LSU’s fortunes seem more…lucky. Now, I am not going to pretend that blocking two field goals isn’t lucky, but it was caused by Hawkeyes providing outstanding team and individual efforts on two consecutive plays. LSU, on the other hand, did nothing to cause Tennessee to put 13 players on the field as time expired. Conversely, the fake field goal conversion was the result of outstanding individual effort but also an unbelievably lucky bounce by and oblong, pointy object. There is a reason we do not see bounce laterals in football. When we played Sparty last year, Stanzi recognized a defect in the coverage and exploited it. While both of thelast two examples may be lucky, we see coverages exploited every game, this was just at the last second. Fumbles are rarely that perfect.
So here’s the point: Maybe nobody will say anything about LSU and Iowa ’09. Maybe I’m the fat kid in school who is giving his lunch money away to avoid being stuffed in a locker before gym class. However, if pundits compare 2010 LSU to 2009 Iowa (as they compared us with the 2002 Buckeyes for being lucky), they will once again be selling short a Big Ten team. Not that tWWL or SI would ever do something like that.