LSU football report card: Midseason grades

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Oct 17, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles before a game against the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking down how the LSU football team has performed at the midway point of the 2015 season.

The LSU football team has cruised through the first seven weeks of the 2015 season with relatively few issues.

Aside from a pair of close calls against Mississippi State in Week 2 and Florida in Week 7, the Tigers have defeated every team they have faced by at least 10 points. Three of their six victories on the season have been by three touchdowns.

Overall, LSU has experienced one of its most impressive seasons in recent memory. And without a doubt, the Tigers have emerged as a legitimate national title contender as they head toward the home stretch of the 2015 college football season.

They have a Heisman Trophy favorite in the backfield, a quarterback that continues to evolve each week and a defensive end who is recording sacks at a rate that could land him in the LSU record books.

That is not to say that the Tigers have not had their share of shortcomings. They have battled mental mistakes, a tendency to give up the big play and a special teams unit that has become a glaring weakness. These areas have not cost the Bayou Bengals a game yet, but they will if they are not improved upon.

With Week 8 signaling the midway point of the season, we hand out midseason grades for the LSU football team.

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