The new football season just started, and already it has given us plenty of thrills and reason for celebration.

The Nicholls State Colonels got last weekend off to a great start on Saturday when they went on the road and beat the Kansas Jayhawks.

Kansas is no football powerhouse. But it is a member of the Big 12 Conference and is a step up in competition from the division in which the Colonels play.

For Nicholls State to travel up there and come away with a gritty, overtime win was an impressive feat.

It was impressive but not all that surprising.

After a great season last year, the Colonels have high expectations for this year. And beating Kansas was just the first one to come to fruition.

The Colonels would love to keep the good news flowing this week when they play Tulane in New Orleans. When the teams kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday, it would be nice to see as much Nicholls State red in the stadium as there is Tulane green.

The Colonels have gotten this season off to a great start. All they have to do now is keep it going to roll into their conference play next week on a winning streak.

It won’t be easy, but the Colonels have the confidence of a big win under their belts and could make it two in a row Saturday.

The Colonels weren’t the only Louisiana team to thrill its fans, either.

The LSU Tigers also travelled last weekend, going to Dallas to take on the heavily favored Miami Hurricanes.

And they, too, returned home with an impressive win.

LSU looked like a much better team than the top 10-ranked Hurricanes. And they got the win to prove it.

For LSU fans, it was a promising victory that could herald an excellent season to come.

It helped to ease fears that head coach Ed Orgeron was headed in the wrong direction and restored faith among the Tigers’ faithful.

Neither game guarantees that these teams will be successful this year. But both showed incredible teamwork from Louisiana student-athletes who did their best to surprise and thrill their fans.

The rest of the season, if this was any indication, should continue to be a treat for Louisiana football fans.

 

Editorials represent the opinion of the newspaper, not of any individual.