Gotta disagree with you here. I was HOPING that LSU would win the NC game but not surprised at all...really played out similar to the 1st Alabama game where Alabama dominated in stats but couldn't kick FGs. Even in the NC game they missed some FGs, but LSU couldn't move the ball at all. To be honest, I think the post-game dramatics by the media and some fans was way overblown. Did anyone preseason think LSU was going to win the west? Alabama was supposed to which meant no SEC CG title. And if you looked at the QB situation which quite frankly has been a disaster since Flynn left, you had 2 QBs IMO who should have been competing for the starting QB at North Dakota State, not Louisiana State. Anyway, enough about the past but I don't think a ton of people were surprised about the NC game. After all, the Vegas boys had Alabama the favorite. Completely agree here. Peveto and Mallory simply didn't have the credentials to be DC (co or not) at one of the best programs in the country. But to Miles' credit, that failed experiment lasted a grand total of 1 year and as you correctly stated, Miles was smart & lucky that Fulmer was fired and Chevis not offered a DC position when Lanie took over since his poppa came with him. Also to Miles credit though, if you remember, Chavis was offered the Clemson DC job before the LSU DC position. That was probably mostly respect for what Miles was doing at LSU that Chavis turned down Clemson waiting for the LSU offer which he knew was coming because I doubt the money would have been that much different. I don't think playing Mettenberger in the NC game was a mistake BUT I said during the season that I thought the only way that LSU could win the NC was with Mettenberger at QB. All you had to do was to watch Jefferson and Lee. When they went back, I was hoping that the pass wouldn't be INTed or the QB sack. Seriously, a completion was like a pipe dream. But after watching ZM in the JUCO NC game a year earlier that was streamed on the internet, when that guy goes back, you expect a successful play. LSU won the 1st Alabama game with better special teams and some luck. LSU simply couldn't win another game with the offense contributing little.