That we are truly that close to Gump-dum
LSU has been the best opponent Alabama has played in last 2 seasons
That we are not losing ground in recruiting
LSU is pulling in another Top 5 recruiting class and could land #1 player nation
That we are going to be better next year
LSU is to the point they reload not rebuild, they have a stable defensive coordinator so they will never have a 08/09 defense again
Look, no coach or team is even with Alabama and Saban at the moment but LSU is not far off. LSU over past 3 season has played Alabama tough and a few breaks they beat them again this year. LSU may be closer than pretty much any team in the nation if you compare them over the past 5 season. No LSU does not have the national titles of Alabama over that span but name another team that does. LSU has been in the hunt and the Alabama game has been a deciding factor in that.
LSU still has 5* and 4* players across the board, that has not changed. What Saban is doing in recruiting is amazing, but it doesn't just effect LSU it effects every CFB team. As Louisiana isn't the only state he has recruited well in.
Les is a flawed coach, we've seen that but he is also a proven winner, maybe he goes the Bob Stoops route and continues to put up 10+ wins a season and has LSU in the hunt for a national championship but falls short. However, NO COACH is currently doing what Saban is doing and very few are maintaining their teams the way Les and LSU have been since 05.
We play in the SEC which has now won 7 straight BCS games and sent 2 teams to BCS games pretty much every season, so winning the way Les has is even more amazing imo and I have never been a huge Les fan, I respect him but I question his playcalling like everyone else.