The LSU Tigers are a far better team than what they were a year ago. Head coach Les Miles made the right choice when he named Brandon Harris the starting quarterback over last year’s choice Anthony Jennings. In my opinion, I felt like the pressure has been just too much for Anthony Jennings to handle. On the other hand, Brandon Harris makes far more plays than Jennings and is not afraid of the big moments.
However, the Tigers are still lacking the firepower that is needed to put away potential a playoff contender such as Alabama or even Florida for that matter. The Tigers main weapon on offense is running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette. Fournette has single handily carried the Tigers offense in the last three ball games. In the contest against Syracuse, Fournette rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Syracuse fans have not seen a performance by a running back like Fournette since the days of the late Ernie Davis when he wore the blue and orange uniform.
One of the biggest concerns of Tiger fans is that how the LSU offense will respond if the threat of Fournette is eliminated. We have already seen how the Alabama defense took out the other Heisman Trophy hopeful in running back Nick Chubb of the Georgia Bulldogs. Chubb rushed for over 100 yards for the 13th time, but it was accomplished mostly in cleanup time against the Crimson Tide.
The final score between the Alabama VS Georgia contest was 38-10. Alabama head coach Nick Saban know’s how to figure out a conventional style offense, especially one that is tailored around an elite talent at the running back position. Quarterback Brandon Harris must find a way to distribute the football successfully to wide receiver Malachi Dupre.
At times, Dupre shows flashes of a potential first-round pick in the NFL Draft. If the Tigers can get the passing game started, it can add another dimension to an offense that ranks 44th in the country this season. LSU’s last cupcake opponent will be the University of Western Kentucky. After that, the Tigers will face the heavyweights of the Southeastern Conference such as Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.
All four of those ball clubs have the capability of lighting up the scoreboards if they need to. Head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron must figure out how to elevate the Tigers offense to the next level in the following weeks. Their next opponent will be the South Carolina Gamecocks, who fall into the category of being a cupcake opponent along with Western Kentucky. The South Carolina game would be the perfect opportunity for LSU to establish a legitimate aerial attack.
The Gamecocks are clearly not what they used to be in the SEC, so do not expect any upset alerts in this matchup. However, the way the Tigers struggle on offense sometimes, would make you think that they are playing against top 5 opponents every week, but they are not. LSU is indeed a playoff contender this season; however it will take more than great performances by Leonard Fournette to elevate them to the next level.
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