Overall this will be a physical game. If LSU makes mistakes and/or is not motivated to play, Iowa can win and make it interesting at the very least.
Can we please put this comment away for awhile (until after the game)?
BrewHawk, great posts. I enjoy your bringing it to this thread. I can appreciate your exuberence re. your team's ability and the referenced LSU's mistakes, but gwilging had a 2 part (and/or) statement.
Was it the "if LSU makes mistakes" part or the "is not motivated to play" part that prompted your fiery reply?
If it was the "and/or is not motivated to play" part, gwilging has a point.
I have seen every LSU game this year. I have seen numerous Iowa games this year (yeah, I have this "record 5 games at once" thingy and played in the Rant's Pick'em contest).
You guys took it to Michigan. Ya'll went into Lincoln and played Nebraska lights out - Nebraska never knew what hit them.
Still, going back to the "motivation" part gwilging really does have a point.
I have seen LSU hold A&M to 10 points (34-10 game). Yeah, it was raining - so what? OK, corners played man - again, so what? And/or maybe the entire team was motivated?
I have also seen a loss to a lackluster Ole Miss team. I also saw LSU need to come back at the very end of the 4th Q to beat a so-so 3-9 Arkansas team.
Maybe motivation played a factor? LSU, certainly. Arkansas, without question. Arkansas played great against (on paper) a superior LSU team.
Motivation seems to work that way with wins and losses that any team experiences. Quite a factor. Jimmies and Joes. X's and O's. Yeah, I understand those factors. So do most fans, coaches and players. What I can't put my finger on as clearly is the motivation factor. Can't put this on paper - everyone struggles to do it when attempting to predict the outcome of a game.
Of course, this applies to Iowa as well. I just have not seen Iowa having this same motivation problem and playing down to the level of competition as LSU seems to exhibit this year. IMO.
This should be a great game. I totally respect your team. I just wonder which LSU team will show up.
Great posts. Great thread. Brewhawk, I see that you have posted some super, super additional great info. I would still like to share my thoughts.