Following its 37-27 win over TCU, LSU has jumped three spots to number nine in the latest Associated Press poll.
The Tigers beat the Horned Frogs by 10 points, but the margin of victory could have been a lot greater. If not for a kickoff return for a touchdown, an LSU fumble near its own goaline and that ill-timed roughing the passer penalty that kept a TCU drive going, the outcome could have been a blowout.
"It could have been a much different game, and that's our push," coach Les Miles said. "The need to improve is the key to this football team."
Throw in seven penalties for 42 yards and some suspect tackling at times, and the Tigers have plenty to improve upon heading into week two.
"Kinda eliminate some of the small mistakes, couple missed tackles here, staying focused throughout the game, and making sure that we're communicating right," cornerback Jalen Collins said.
And now LSU turns its attention to UAB, certainly not a top-20 opponent. In fact, the Tigers are better than a whopping 30-point favorite heading into Saturday night's home opener, but according to the Tiger players, their focus lies on improving themselves.
"You know our opponents are nameless and faceless, we're worried about us, so we're just going out there each week and getting better," running back Terrence Magee said.
Collins added, "There were a lot of upsets last weekend, so we're prepared for anything."
Receiver Jarvis Landry also chimed in, "We're treating them like the number one team in the nation. We're going out there with the attitude that this is our national championship."