LSU football could dominate in a different way in 2020

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

LSU football was a dominant offensive team in 2019.

LSU football dominated the college football world in 2019 by scoring 48.4 points per game.

But with players like Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Lloyd Cushenberry heading to the NFL, it’s unlikely that LSU will average nearly 50 points a game again in 2020.

That doesn’t mean the Tigers won’t be good offensively, we just probably aren’t seeing another offense like we saw in 2019.

(We may never see that type of offensive firepower again in college football.)

LSU, however, can still dominate in 2020.

It might just happen to be on the defensive side of the ball.

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron spoke to reporters on Wednesday and made it a point to talk about LSU’s defensive talent.

While previewing spring practice, Coach O said “On defense, I do believe this is one of the most talented defenses we’ve had since we’ve been here. There’s a lot of speed out there.”

Orgeron added “I do believe that this 4-3 attacking defense fits our personnel better than it’s ever been. ”

Coach O pointed out young players that will be ready to contribute, such as 2020 signees BJ Ojulari (a player Orgeron called a future All-American) and cornerback Elias Ricks (who will miss spring practice).

In addition to elite young talent, the Tigers return sophomore Derek Stingley Jr, who is widely regarded as the best cornerback in the nation.

Defensive end TK McClendon, defensive tackle Glen Logan and linebacker Damone Clark are other players Orgeron mentioned that will be key for LSU in 2020.

In 2019, it was new assistant Joe Brady who was able to help transform the Tigers’ offense into a powerhouse.

Perhaps in 2020 it will be new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini who can turn LSU’s defense into one of the best in the nation.

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If that happens, the Tigers will be strongly in the mix to reach the College Football Playoff for a second consecutive season.