Nick Saban's teams have all gotten better as the season progresses. The team that lost today to a top 15 opponent in a game that could have easily gone the other way is a lot better than the 2001 team at the point of the season when they lost to Ole Miss. That team ended up as SEC and Sugar Bowl Champions and was probably as good as the Miami team that won the 2001 NC in the last game they played against Illinois. If they had played the Georgia team that struggled to beat Marshall today they would have probably won. Auburn is a better team than Georgia right now but the Dawgs will be better in 2 weeks. So will LSU. Marcus Randall may not be setting the world on fire but he is a better QB than he was in 2002. JaMarcus Russell may end up as one of LSU's all time greatests quarterbacks but it won't happen overnight. If Matt Mauck had stayed here for his senior year I have no doubt that the Tigers would have beaten Auburn by at least 2 touchdowns. But he didn't. He is a rookie with the Denver Broncos. Rohan Davey would have shredded the Auburn D but he is the backup QB for the Patriots now. Russell will lead us to championships but he still has a lot to learn. Right now he is not as good as Florida's Chris Leak was last year as a true freshman in his 3rd game. He has all the physical tools to play on Sundays one day but he is still trying to learn the mental skills he absolutely must have to be a winner in the SEC. To everybody who questions Saban's call of putting Russell into the game on the next drive after Randall had led the Tigers to a TD on the open drive the fact is that JR did lead the team to a scoring drive that might have ended up as a TD instead of a field goal except for the drive killing holding penalty. LSU might not go to the Orange Bowl this year but then again there are still 8 games to play. They will get better and better each week. The defense will be better than today's defense that held a top 15 team with 2 first round picks at running back to 10 points. (9 points but for a bogus call by the zebras) Its too bad that LSU and Auburn are both in the SEC West. I would love to see LSU play Auburn in December. Auburn will be then what they are now- A team with a very good defense and a great ground attack. They are now about as good as they will get. By December LSU will again have a great defense and a much better offense.