On the contrary to R.E.M.'s legendary lyrics, this is not the end of the world for this LSU football team. Sure, a loss takes them out of the national spotlight and one spot outside of the top 10 for now, but there is still everything at stake for this team. Did LSU lose a chance to win the SEC West? No. Did LSU lose a chance to win the SEC? Negative. Did LSU lose a chance to play for a national championship? Most likely not. If LSU responds positively to this game, it will only make the Tigers tougher down the stretch, and that bodes well. More past the jump.no comments
In the early years of the aughts, the LSU-Auburn game was the SEC West, and SEC at large some years, game to watch. Both Tigers were finding their strides and it seemed whoever won the battle would have a good or great year. A loss didn't mean a bad year, but it usually mean titles were off the table. While Auburn has been up and down the past few years while LSU has been, well, winning, the game still feels like it carries all the importance of a season-defining game. More past the break.no comments
By jove I think it is! Last year, we were promised a savior. A Mettensavior. A Mettsiah. OK, maybe that's too much, but that's essentially how Zach Mettenberger was received last year. After fumbling through most of the season last year, getting hot, then going ice cold in the bowl game, we realized the problem might be in the booth, not on the field. Enter Cam Cameron and the LSU passing game, led by Mettenberger, has not been the same since. More past the jump.no comments
The glamour boys. La'Ron Landry, Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, Tyrann Mathieu. LSU might put more star defensive linemen in the NFL, but the position that gets all the press is defensive back. This year's crop possesses a mix of youth with veteran leadership at safety, not unlike years past. LSU returns young guys who received a trial by fire last year and held up for the most part, even while playing with guys like Eric Reid and Tharold Simon, who are now moved on the NFL. Read past to jump to see how this year's DBs stack up.no comments
Never has there been a deeper, more talented crop of linebackers for LSU to choose from in the past decade of Tiger football. The strength comes in the depth, solid depth, that the Tigers have. The Tigers return their anointed leader on defense, Lamin Barrow, plus extremely talented younger guys like Deion Jones, Lamar Louis and Kwon Alexander. That's to say nothing of junior Tahj Jones, who missed 2012 due to academic issues. The LSU defense will be paced by its linebackers. More past the jump.no comments
We go from one position of experience youth, the offensive line, to another that's even more of a mixed unit. The LSU defense, which saw massive attrition that's been well chronicled, was hit hardest at the defensive line. LSU will replace most of the two-deep from a year ago with a unit that is ripe with talent and barren on experience. Anchored by the inside of DT Anthony Johnson and DT Ego Ferguson, the Tiger defense will turn to these youngsters to anchor another classic Chavis defense. More past the jump.no comments
The 2013 LSU offensive line will be a strength. The 2013 LSU offensive line will be a weakness. The 2013 LSU offensive line has experience. The 2013 LSU offensive line lacks experience.
It seems depending upon who you listen to, you'll get any of the above answers regarding this year's crop of offensive lineman. What's the true answer? As always, somewhere in the middle. While the Tigers will be paced by players like La'el Collins and Trai Turner, there will be number of fresh faces and new positions across the offensive line. Whether or not this unit gels will have a noticeable effect on this year's offense, and might be the difference between a good or great year. More past the jump.no comments
Last year's offense could almost be summed up in the play of it's wide receivers. While an immensely talented group, paced by deep-threat Odell Beckham, Jr. and Mr. Glue Jarvis Landry, the unit was not without frequent drops and mistakes. OBJ in particular seemed to struggle through a sophomore slump, pressing too much after a succesful freshman year in 2011. For 2013, the receivers will have to build on 2012 and decrease the mistakes and there's no reason why they shouldn't.
While the receivers went through an up and down season, the running back position was it's usual strong unit. Alfred Blue busted out to a torrid start before being sidelined with injury, while Jeremy Hill took over the position in midseason and carried the LSU running game.
With the addition of more talented newcomers, could the LSU backs and receivers help carry the offense to the next level? More past the jump.no comments
Today, the SEC released its 2014 finalized schedule. LSU will play Texas A&M on Thanksgiving day starting next year when the games are at College Station, while on years when the game is played in Baton Rouge it will still be on Friday or Saturday. The Arkansas game was moved one week up.
Comments from me after the schedule below:
|Aug 30||vs. Wisconsin||Houston, Texas (Reliant)|
|Sept 6||vs. Sam Houston State||Baton Rouge|
|Sept 13||vs. ULM||Baton Rouge|
|Sept 20||vs. Mississippi State||Baton Rouge|
|Sept 27||vs. New Mexico State||Baton Rouge|
|Oct 4||at Auburn||Auburn|
|Oct 11||at Florida||Gainesville|
|Oct 18||vs. Kentucky||Baton Rouge|
|Oct 25||vs. Ole Miss||Baton Rouge|
|Nov 8||vs. Alabama||Baton Rouge|
|Nov 15||at Arkansas||Little Rock or Fayetteville|
|Nov 27||at Texas A&M||College Station (Thanksgiving)|
|Dec 6||SEC Championship||Atlanta|