Since LSU has recent experience making it to (and winning) the BIG GAME, I'm curious what LSU fans think it will take for the Tigers to make a visit to Pasadena? I'm going to give my best attempt in regards to LSU, as I am admittedly still trying to learn more about your team. Since this is an LSU forum, I'll keep the Iowa part to a summary of what it will take for us to meet you in CA. What does it take to win a MNC? 1. Great Players 2. Great Coaching/Gameplan 3. A little luck along the way 4. A favorable schedule can help 5. Sometimes help from another team(s) LSU: Players: IMO, LSU has enough top-level players to field two teams... one to win the SEC, the second-string to win the Big 12-North! On offense, there is so much returning talent, it is ridiculous. If Russell fulfills his potential, LSU will score a LOT of points. On defense, replace the corners with the all-world talent waiting behind them, stick another cookie-cutter LSU DE on the edge, and maybe strengthen the LB position a bit (In the Cap1, the LSU D was amazing... in my opinion, the front 4 and back 4 were amazing, the middle 3 were very good) Coaching: I know this is an awfully sensitive subject, but I SERIOUSLY believe Miles MIGHT be a better fit at this stage in your evolution. Saban was the best guy to revamp and rebuild, and put in place an amazing defensive system. His offense could have been more creative to use the immense talent on that side of the ball. Just my opinion, so don't crucify me! If Miles & Co. are smart, they will somewhat adjust their D philosophy to the current system, and avoid re-education of the defensive players. On offense, Miles will open things up A LOT. The guy can flat-out coach. Luck: Usually a given... nothing to discuss. Schedule: Schedules just simply don't set up any better than LSU will have in 2005! Your 4 toughest games at home... Tenn, Florida, Auburn, and Arizona State... with the home field advantage you enjoy, there is no way to complain about the schedule... Help: Beating ASU at home will be double-beneficial, because I truly think ASU has a shot at beating fUSC in Tempe... I think Ohio State will beat Texas in Columbus, and Texas will finally beat Oklahoma. Hopefully the Florida teams beat each other up again. IOWA: Players: Our offense will be better... return of our normal running game, most everybody back... Tate will get much better. Our defensive back 7 will be as good as any in the country, but we have to replace all 4 DL... I think Iowa will platoon 6-8 very good, young DL next year... Our season could ride on their development. Coaching: No need to discuss... needless to say, Iowa fans feel blessed every year Ferentz keeps Iowa City his home. Luck: Again, we all need it. TIowa needs things like having the best defense in the country (LSU) have an assignment breakdown on the last play of the game, if you know what I mean? :wink: Schedule: Iowa has to play AT Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Purdue, and Iowa State, who might have one of their best teams ever (and they always play tough, because they hate us!). Michigan at home is the only real break, as Minnesota might be a bit down this year. The only "break" Iowa gets is that our OCC is weak, but not by choice. Missouri backed out on a home/home with us (pu$$ies) , leaving us to scramble and schedule 1-AA Northern Iowa... THAT could end up hurting us, depending what the BCS comes up with. Help: We need pretty much the same help as LSU, or any team (see above)... We get our shots to eliminate Michigan and OSU from the MNC picture. OK, sorry that was SO long.... I'm very interested in Tiger opinions on my thoughts regarding what ya'll need to make it to Pasadena!