LSU notches win before Nov. 3 showdown with Alabama

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LSU’s offense was nowhere to be found during the first quarter and a half against Texas A&M. Then, the Tigers got a couple turnovers and a big plays, and led 14-12 at the half. It was the most Les Miles-y half of football one could possible conjure.

Then, the Tigers run game took over in the second half, and No. 6 LSU knocked off No. 20 Texas A&M 24-19. What did we learn about LSU? Nothing we didn’t already know: don’t question it, just roll with it.

The Tigers offense — mainly Zach Mettenberger — still looks lost, but where LSU gets dangerous is toward the end of the third quarter/beginning of the fourth quarter. That’s when LSU’s big, bruising backs begin to take a toll on opposing defenses.

A&M didn’t help itself with four turnovers. Johnny Manziel threw three interceptions and had a wake up call after becoming one of the hot stories in college football. The Aggies have certainly surpassed expectations through the first half of the season, but have fallen against legitimately better teams. Now A&M must get ready for three straight road games against Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama.

LSU notches another win that keeps them in the SEC West race with the Nov. 3 game against Alabama coming up next after a bye. Assuming Alabama does its part to remain undefeated, Nov. 3 will be perhaps the biggest game of the regular season for the second straight year.