The LSU Football team is on the road against Vanderbilt on Saturday and can complete a historic four-game start with a blowout win.
You could not have drawn up a better start to the 2019 season for the LSU Football Tigers than the one they have had thus far. LSU has two blowout wins over unranked teams and a huge statement win over ranked-Texas to establish themselves as an elite team.
Quarterback Joe Burrow has been absolutely phenomenal and the defense has been great as well. The team may have let up 38 points against the Texas Longhorns but Texas has a good offense and the Tigers held their other two opponents to a combined 17 points.
Only allowing 55 points in three games is not bad whatsoever, especially in college football. If any other team in the SEC had to play Texas in the first three weeks then they would have allowed as many, if not more, points than LSU did in three weeks.
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The offense has still been the most entertaining part of LSU’s start as the team has scored 165 points in three games with Burrow’s red-hot, Heisman-worthy start. Not only does LSU have the most points scored in all of the SEC, but only Oklahoma (who has not played a ranked opponent) has scored more points.
This hot start for the Tigers has given the team a +110 point differential after three weeks and with a gama against Vanderbilt on Saturday, the Tigers have a legitimate chance to go off to a historic four-game start for the program.
Vanderbilt is unranked but is not one of these easy pushovers. While LSU is still heavily favorited, Vanderbilt can keep it closer than the Tigers would like. They lost by 18 to Purdue and 24 to Georgia.
If LSU can be better than both of those teams and beat Vanderbilt by 33 or more points then they will have their best point differential through four games since the turn of the millennium, which is as far back as Sports-Reference’s Play Index goes for college football.
The best start in terms of point differential belonged to the 2007 team, who had a +142 differential and 165 points scored. With this year’s team already matching the point total, it is clear that this is the better offensive team.
That team had two ranked teams in their first four games. Ninth-ranked Virginia Tech and 12th-ranked South Carolina both lost to LSU, with Virginia Tech’s loss being a 48-7 loss.
As you may or may not remember, that team ended up going 12-2 and defeated Ohio State in the National Championship Game. We don’t want to get your hopes up, but so far, this has been a very good start for the LSU Football team.
Beating out that 2007 team does not guarantee anything as LSU still has to get through Bama, Georgia and anyone else that stands in their way.
However, it is hard not to get excited about the start that LSU is off to this year, especially considering how it stacks up to past teams.