Are there going to be any stops? On November 23, the Texas A&M Aggies will be traveling to Death Valley to take on the LSU Tigers. It is hard to see how either defense is ever going to get their opponent off the field. This year both offenses have been incredible, but the defenses have been well below average. Will the total score be even more than the Alabama-Texas A&M shootout?
The LSU offense has been a pleasant surprise for Tiger fans. The LSU faithful haven’t had the excitement of a quality offense since the Tigers won the National Championship in 2007. This year the offense has been revamped under new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. LSU is used to having a dominate rushing attack, but this year Cameron has added a lethal passing attack into the offensive arsenal.
LSU has gained at least 445 yards of total offense in every game this season. Throughout the year, the Tigers have appeared to have one of the most complete offenses in all of college football. Not only is the offense putting up yards, they are finishing drives as well. LSU is averaging 42.8 points a game.
Jeremy Hill has come back strong after being suspended from the team in April. He has only played in three and a half games this season and has still racked up 436 yards and seven touchdowns.
Zach Mettenberger had a disappointing junior year, but has been incredible through five games this season. Mettenberger has helped turn the passing attack from a major weakness in 2012, into a powerful force this year. Last season, he threw twelve touchdowns and seven interceptions throughout the course of the entire year.
This season he has been an entirely new man and through only five games Mettenberger has looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC, throwing for nearly 1,400 yards, thirteen touchdown passes, and only one interception.
Odell Beckham Jr. has been an exciting player to watch. After five games, he has 507 receiving yards and has already doubled his touchdown total from last season with four. Beckham has been a human highlight reel on special teams. In week two he was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, gaining 331 All-Purpose yards and four touchdowns. One of his touchdowns came when he returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a score.
Jarvis Landry has been incredible for the Tigers. He has 520 yards this season, after only five games. He has caught seven touchdown passes on the year, catching at least one in every game this season. Landry has also had over 100 yards receiving in three of the five games played, including 156 yards against Georgia on Saturday.
It has been entertaining to watch the LSU offense excel after several years of being boring and ineffective. If the Tigers would have had an offense even remotely close to the attack this year, then it is hard to imagine they would not have won at least one more championship after 2007.
Those LSU teams’ foundations were their shut-down defenses. Now many former LSU defenders are playing on Sunday. Eight LSU defenders were drafted last season, and the absence of these key players has been blatantly obvious. The LSU defense has been the weakest area of the team this year. LSU scored 41 points against Georgia, but even that wasn’t enough as the defense allowed 44 points, failing to stop anything that Georgia attacked with.
The Tiger’s defense is extremely talented but inexperienced. With plenty of time before the clash with A&M there is a possibility for major improvement, but right now it appears Johnny Manziel will have his way with the Tiger defense.
Check out Death Valley Voice tomorrow for the second part of this article.