3 Up, 3 Down: LSU 41, Washington 3

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Three things we liked and three things we didn't like in LSU's 41-3 win over Washington Saturday.


1. Dominant D-line is back: After being held without a sack by North Texas, LSU had four against Washington, three by the defensive line, which also produced six quarterback hurries and 5.5 tackles for loss.

2. Mett's arm: It wasn't the statistics (12-for-18, 195 yards, 1 TD) that impressed about Zach Mettenberger. It was that he made all the throws, including hard ones (deep outs from the middle of the field to the far boundary, for example) so easily.

3. What a stable: LSU used four tailbacks Saturday and all four, led by 101-yard rusher Alfred Blue, ran physically and with purpose. There might be teams with a better single back than Blue, but it's hard to imagine another team with four as good as the Tigers' big four.


1. The dropsies: LSU dropped five passes Saturday, including one in the end zone by Russell Shepard and another, by Jarvis Landry, that might have gone the distance if Landry could have held on to an underthrown halfback pass from Spencer Ware.

2. Return game: So spectacular in Week 1, LSU's return game was quiet against UW -- except when the Tigers Odell Beckham, Jr. fumbled away the opening kickoff, leading to Washington's only points.

3. The schedule: LSU made a national impression Saturday, but won't get to do it again in a non-conference game. LSU has Idaho next, then Towson in the Tigers' last non-conference game. Yawn.