It is hard to comprehend how one of the most accomplished programs in college football could receive a preseason ranking of twelve, and receive practically no conversation about making it to the National Championship game. There was plenty of talk that this could be a down year for the Tigers. LSU lost a lot of quality talent from 2012, but they do one thing better than almost every team in the country: rebuild. Year in and out, Les Miles brings in and utilizes some of the top talents in the entire nation. When players graduate or go pro, LSU has plenty of incredible athletes prepared to fill their position. The lack of hype around LSU as one of the top teams in the country is insulting. The Tigers were a minute and half away from being National Champions last year, because we all know Notre Dame wasn’t going to stop them.
The LSU offense has looked completely dominant in their first two contests. Cam Cameron has completely revamped the offense this year, utilizing the incredible talent of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. In doing so, Zach Mettenberger has been able to showcase his arm. Mettenberger has looked like one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC this year; he has thrown for 533 yards and six touchdowns in his first two games. UAB may not be considered a school with an elite secondary, but TCU is supposed to have the best defense in the Big 12. Landry and Beckham have been sensation this year. Last year they both displayed moments of excellence, but were inconsistent, frequently dropping easy passes. This year the duo have combined for all six of LSU’s receiving touchdowns and 434 receiving yards.
The defense is young and unexperienced, but have shown they can be a force for LSU this year. While at times they have looked stellar, other times they have struggled. They allowed 17 points in the second quarter against a UAB team with a lousy offense. The Tigers’ defense did shutout the Blazers for the rest of the game. With two more games against weaker opponents, the LSU defense has time to work out the kinks before their next big showdown with Georgia.
LSU ranked twelve preseason is a joke. They are easily a top five team who will compete for a spot in the title game. LSU has an all-around dynamic team. The defense is full of talent that should step up and dominate after a few games. Under Cam Cameron the offense is already excelling, and it will only get better as the season progresses. LSU fans do not let the preseason rankings get under your skin. After all, the voters did put the University of Texas at number fifteen.