Olivia Dunne proved to be the lone bright spot on a tough day for the LSU sports program.
Dunne, a star gymnast and arguably the most prominent Tigers athlete around at the moment, began college football gameday excited to see what her school’s football program would be able to do at home against Tennessee.
As it turns out, the answer was “not much.”
Not only did LSU get dismantled 40-13 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, but at times it felt like there were way more Vols fans attendance than the home team’s fans.
The video doesn’t lie:
THE VIBES IN BATON ROUGE RN!!!!! pic.twitter.com/JNG1MKtgKf
— Kasey Funderburg (@K_Funderburg) October 8, 2022
Early Saturday Dunne posted her special gameday outfit, earning much praise in the process from her loyal fans:
Unfortunately, Dunne’s provocative attire was about as good as it was going to get for the Tigers (and not for the first time this year).
Tennessee jumped out to a 20-0 lead early and was up by as many a 30 points in the fourth quarter. That effectively sucked all the air out of the stadium for LSU.
“To be honest, it didn’t even feel like we were on the road,” Vols receiver Jalin Hyatt told reporters after the game.
It’s hard to argue with his assessment. The visuals from the outing would certainly support it:
All that’s left is orange…. pic.twitter.com/oOxVFN8FIs
— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) October 8, 2022
It has just been that kind of year for LSU football, though. Beginning with that first loss against Florida State and ending with this humiliation versus Tennessee, the squad just hasn’t looked very good.
It’s not like the Tigers have offered much of interest beyond that on-the-field, so fans are trying to keep themselves entertained off it.
The hits keep coming for Russell Wilson and Ciara. https://t.co/fYEK9KYBbC
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 7, 2022
This is a down year for LSU football. That much is clear.
Will it be a one-off? Will Brian Kelly be able to restore a once-proud program to some semblance of respectability in the foreseeable future? Time will tell.