McNeese vs. LSU: Who Do You Root For?
By Scott Holtzman
When LSU plays McNeese this fall, I’m faced with a dilemma. Who shall I root for? It’s a rather uncomfortable position I find myself in, as I love both teams.
I watch the LSU games because they’re on TV, but I’m no less a fan of McNeese. In all honesty, I want to see LSU win, not because I want McNeese to lose, but rather, if LSU loses, they probably stand no chance of making it to the college football playoffs at the end of the season. And for those of you who say McNeese has no chance of winning, you need only look back to the Appalachian State victory over Michigan a few years ago, or any other number of FCS victories over much larger and more recognized FBS opponents. And added to the mix is it’s the first game of the season, which is when the upsets generally happen. Then there’s the fact that McNeese is not only no stranger to playing up in competition, they’ve beaten FBS opponents, Middle Tennessee and South Florida, and gave Nebraska quite the scare last year.
McNeese has had this game circled since the schedule came out, and will be extremely up for the game. LSU, on the other hand, will be looking to get through the game, hopefully without injuries, and be able to play lots of backups in the second half. So for me, and probably lots of others in this part of the country, I’d like to see McNeese be competitive and take the game into the fourth quarter.
In 2010, McNeese was in the game with LSU, and was only down 22-10 going into the fourth quarter. They eventually lost to the
Tigers by a final score of 32-10–a very respectable score, by all accounts. The game is being televised on the SEC Sports Network alternative channel, which is channel 68 in Sulphur at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 5, so those of us not going to the game will get a chance to see it. So here’s to rooting for both the Tigers and the Pokes!
Be sure to listen to “All Things Football” on KEZM 1310 AM radio from 5-6 p.m. on Monday evenings. The first show will air August 31. We’ll discuss this game and more!