Every season in college football feature a handful of surprise teams. This year, LSU is one of them.Few pegged the Tigers for a top-five team before the season began. Yet that’s where they are right now, sitting at 6-1 and ranked fifth in the country.Only a hard-fought loss to Florida in The Swamp has kept the Tigers from being unbeaten. They have wins over Miami, Auburn and Georgia on their resume and face another ranked team this Saturday in Mississippi State.Making an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show today, ESPN’s Desmond Howard showed some respect to the Tigers, calling LSU a team that is “slowly, gradually earning respect.””Football is a game where respect is earned not given. #LSU is a team that’s slowly, gradually earning respect & tomorrow’s another step” – @DesmondHoward #FinebaumFriday pic.twitter.com/7EnwZmg1Em— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 19, 2018Winning Saturday will add another critical notch to LSU’s belt, but there is one surefire way to grab everyone’s attention: beat Alabama in Death Valley in two weeks.LSU hasn’t beaten the Crimson Tide since 2011, and they will likely be sizable underdogs, even at home. The atmosphere in Baton Rouge for that one will be out of control, and one would assume ESPN’s College GameDay will be there.Beat the defending champs and all the respect you could ask for will be yours.