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Snap Judgments: The Syracuse Game

From about the time that the LSU offense took the victory formation on Saturday afternoon in upstate New York until the second I pressed “ENTER” to post this column I have had the same thought racing through my head. Is there a difference between expectations and standards? According to the dictionary a standard is “used or accepted as normal or average”. According to the dictionary an expectation is “a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future”. See, the definitions of those two words are vastly different, yet I cannot come to the grasp that they mean something different. In my mind LSU football has set a standard that I have become accustomed to watching, and that is overwhelmingly winning. Winning feels good.

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No. 8 LSU holds off Syracuse 34-24

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Leonard Fournette posed for a photo with former Syracuse great Floyd Little after leading LSU to another victory, a fitting end to another stellar day for the Heisman Trophy hopeful. Fournette ran for a career-high 244 yards and two touchdowns, Tre'Davious White returned a punt 69 yards for another score, and No. 8 LSU held off fired-up Syracuse 34-24 on Saturday. "He told me I did a great job," Fournette said of Little, a three-time All-American at Syracuse in the mid-1960s. My job is to make one man miss, and that's what I did." It was the second straight 200-yard game and fifth straight 100-yard game for Fournette, and it was a fitting place for him to shine again. Syracuse's tradition is based on its stellar running backs from the past, the great Jim Brown, Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis and Little, among them. The Carrier Dome field is named

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MIKE D’S TAKE: LSU vs. Syracuse

I know the Orangemen are a 3-0 football team with wins over Rhode Island, Wake Forest and Central Michigan, but they are fixing to find out what it is to face a powerhouse football team. The strange thing about Syracuse is that they have very few, if any, senior players that will get drafted.  That normally is a major signal for a huge win by the Tigers. Throw in the fact that because of injuries Syracuse is starting a walk-on quarterback in Zack Mahoney and a freshman halfback in Jordan Fredericks and the Tigers defense could come up big Saturday afternoon. The Playmaker- #8 Steve Ishmael- Wide Receiver- The speedster from North Miami Beach High School is the real playmaker for the Orangemen. The 6-2, 205 pound sophomore has caught 5 passes for 144 yards and 1 score in 2015. Last season as a freshman Ishmael caught 27 passes, averaged 15.4

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Walk-on JUCO transfer set to start for Syracuse against Tigers under center

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Walk-on Zack Mahoney is in line to start at quarterback for Syracuse on Saturday against No. 8 LSU. Orange offensive coordinator Tim Lester said Tuesday night that Mahoney, a junior college transfer who enrolled in January and had been the scout team quarterback as recently as last week, was taking most of the first-team reps in practice ahead of Austin Wilson. Lester said Mahoney is "the guy that's shown the most" and can execute all facets of the offense. If Mahoney gets the nod, he'll be the third player to start at quarterback for Syracuse (3-0) this season. Terrel Hunt was lost for the season with an Achilles tendon injury in the opener against Rhode Island. Freshman Eric Dungey, who started the past two games, was knocked out of last week's win over Central Michigan after a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit and is doubtful for LSU.   Dungey likely won't play against

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Snap Judgments: The Auburn Game

Around 2:36 on Saturday afternoon under the bright skies of Death Valley, Donte Jackson fielded the opening kickoff from Auburn in the LSU end zone for a touchback. LSU then broke the huddle at Brandon Harris put his hands under Ethan Pocic called for the sna and handed the ball to Leonard Fournette. And from that point forward all anyone was talking about was Fournette. 19 carries for 228 yards. Three touchdowns. Rest in the fourth quarter. LSU did much more than win the game 45-21. LSU dominated Auburn. Now, I do not want to get too far ahead on just how big of a win this was or anything. Auburn is not the team that they were projected to be heading into this season. They are a team that is struggling to gain an identity on both sides of the ball. In short, they are not that good. But you know what good teams

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No. 18 Auburn can’t stop Fournette in loss to No. 13 LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - During most of Gus Malzahn's two-plus seasons as Auburn's head coach, his offense has usually had its way on the ground. Now Auburn knows what its opponents have routinely endured, thanks to a career day from LSU Heisman Trophy contender Leonard Fournette. No. 18 Auburn allowed 411 yards rushing, including 228 and three TDs from the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette, and was never really competitive in a 45-21 loss to 13th-ranked LSU on Saturday. "The bottom line is we got our rear kicked," Malzahn said. "That is what happened today. Congratulations to (LSU); they are a good team. There is no doubt they are good when they play at home. We are going to get better, roll our sleeves up and get ready for next week." Fournette has 387 yards and six TDs through just the first two games of the season for the LSU (2-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), which

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