I almost wish we were playing the real Miami this week! There is no shame or loss of respect from taking a beating from a team that after this weekend is clearly the elite of the elite of college football. The "other Miami" gets no respect nationally but they have a long tradition of upsetting teams from major conferences (Ohio State, Purdue, and even LsU during the Arnsparger years) If you need to schedule rent a win teams a few notches above the North Texas States and the Northeastsouthwest North Dakota College of Bartending, Flyfishing and Chiropractys of the world then why not schedule bad teams from the major conferences (Duke, Baylor, California, Wake Forest, ect) After 2 games a few things are obvious: 1. Dropped passes notwithstanding, the Tigers have receivers with enough speed and talent to be among the best in college football. Clayton, with his size and speed and the instinct for the big play that he showed last year reminds me of Randy Moss without the head case problems Jerel Myers can be a go to guy and Eric Edwards is good enough to catch 25-40 balls this year. 2. It wouldn't matter if we had 10 Jerry Rice's in their prime if the quarterback can't get them the ball. Booty, Davey and Nall all sucked in their first start yet all 3 are on the rosters of NFL teams at this time. While Mauck is a good athlete and appears to have good arm strength he has yet to show that he is an SEC caliber quarterback. He was an option quarter- back in high school and played baseball for a few years so he has no experience as a drop back passer. While I hope he can quickly learn the skills to read the defensive situations as they are developing after the snap, pick out the open receiver without telegraphing his intentions by focusing in the primary receiver and deliver the ball in traffic with pinpoint accuracy I am not really optimistic about that happening anytime soon. Randall dosen't look like the answer. I don't know much about Clausen but since he wasn't given the opportunity to compete for the starting job during spring or the preseason it is likely the coachs don't think he is ready. I say lets take a real good look at Lester Ricard. He was heavily recruited by the elite teams of college football. Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey even called Lester from his cell phone from the locker room of the Rose Bowl after winning the national champion- ship to try to get Lester to change his mind about committing to LSU and to sign with Miami. I'm sure that Coach Saban would like to keep the redshirt on Ricard but if Mauck and Randall don't show light years of inprovement after the Miami O game then Saban should take a serious look at giving Ricard the necessary practice reps and intensive coaching to get him ready to be the starting quarterback. It is not unheard of for a true freshman to assume that role for a major college team (Rex Grossman was the starting QB as a freshman and Florida won the SEC that year) Even with the eratic play, inconsistant performance and lack of intensity that the Tigers have displayed so far it is still highly possible and even probable that LSU can beat Miami O, Mississippi State and UL Lafayette and go into the Florida game 4-1 Starting with a visit to the Swamp LSU goes from the frying pan to a very hot fire. Look at the teams we were predicted to beat in the preseason Alabama was almost as good as Oklahoma. Auburn looked pretty tough in the LA Coloseum. Ole Miss can light up the scoreboard with Eli Even Kentucky has beaten a top 25 ranked Louisville and scored 77 points against a team who is probably no worse than The Citadel WE ABSOLUTELY MUST DEVELOPE THE ABILITY TO THROW THE BALL DOWNFIELD EFFECTIVELY. BUBBLE SCREENS JUST WON'T GET IT DONE IN THE SEC! I was going to get into the Running Back - Offensive Line situation but I don't type very fast, it is real late and I have to get up early for a trip out of town so more later. GEAUX TIGERS!