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LSU Tigers - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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LSU Tiger – 2013 Schedule

Date

Opponent

 

Home / Away

8/31/13

TCU

 

A

9/7/13

UAB

 

H

9/14/13

Kent State

 

H

9/21/13

Auburn

 

H

9/28/13

Georgia

 

A

10/5/13

Mississippi State

 

A

10/12/13

Florida

 

H

10/19/13

Ole Miss

 

A

10/26/13

Furman

 

H

11/2/13

OPEN

11/9/13

Alabama

 

A

11/16/13

OPEN

11/23/13

Texas A&M

 

H

11/29/13

Arkansas

 

H

12/7/13

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

 

A

Notes about the LSU Tigers

They Move the Chains: LSU has produced quality, NFL-caliber receivers like a Ford assembly line. On the conveyor belt now for the Tigers is Odel Beckham Jr. As a sophomore, he averaged 16.6 yards per catch for 713 total receiving yards. Junior Jarvis Landry is also being counted on to have a huge season as he lead the Tigers in receptions (56) and touchdown catches (five) last season. Senior Zach Mettenberger is back for his second season starting under center. He was an inconsistent to say the least in 2012. He has the talent to win awards, but has to learn to play well from week to week. With Miles "run first, throw second" approach, LSU quarterback will never put up huge numbers. However, Mettenberger's numbers from last year (2,609 yards and 12 touchdowns) should improve this year. Miles vows to open up the offense with longtime buddy and new coordinator Cam Cameron now calling Baton Rouge home. The Tigers once again feature a stable of experienced and talented running backs. Senior Alfred Blue along with juniors Terrence Magee and Kenny Hillard will battle it out for carries as sophomore Jeremy Hill sorts thru his legal issues. Up front, three starters return to the trenches with tackle La'el Collins (6-5,321) being the featured player.

Blitz Patrol: Only three starters return on defense for the eighth ranked team in the nation. What's left standing could still potentially be as potent as their predecessors. Leading the way is linebacker Lamin Barrow. His 104 tackles ranked second on the team last year. The Tigers' line will be have a new look with a new batch of players looking to make a name for themselves. Junior Anthony "Freak" Johnson (6-3,304) will stuff the middle of the line. He had ten tackles for loss last year. Floating around the secondary, corner back Jalen Mills and safety Craig Loston return as starters. Johnson and and Loston were pegged as preseason all first team selections in the SEC.

Cleats to Fill: Tigers fans will have to purchase a program this season as some major stars are missing from LSUs defense. Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Bennie Logan, and Josh Downs are chasing after the NFL dreams. Former Evangel star Jermaurie Raso (6-3,255) is now ready for his opportunity to shine. He will be one of the fresh faces up front for the Tigers in the fall. Johnson and junior Ego Ferguson (6-3,308) are big bodies who will clog up the running lanes.

Unsung Heroes: Defensive Coordinator John Chavis is a respected among his peers, but may not get the credit he deserves from the fans.. When it comes to defensive x's and o's, this guy is as good as it gets. In four years at LSU, Chavis has seen 19 players that he's coached selected in the NFL Draft, including five in the first round, while also producing seven first-team All-Americans and nine first-team All-SEC performers. Over the past two years, five of the seven draft-eligible players who have started on the defensive line for the Tigers have been picked in the NFL Draft.

Former Aces: Former West Monroe Rebel Jordan Allen (6-6,253 )had a big spring and is ready to see some quality reps on the defensive line. Mister Louisiana football John Diarse arrived in Tiger town in January and quickly turned heads. As a true freshman, don't be surprised to see the playmaker make his way onto the field as a back-up receiver and on special teams.

National Ink: Most polls have the Tigers ranked just inside the top-ten, but the fourth best team in the conference. At the SEC media days, the tigers were pegged to finish behind Alabama and Texas A&M in the west division. LSU is depleted from last year, but are good enough to still be ranked amongst the best. Odell Beckham Jr. has been named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List and the Paul Hornung Award Watch List for the best receiver and most versatile player in college football, respectively.

Must-See Matchup: Pick one. LSU competes in the SEC West with the toughest SEC East draw in the conference. Any game against Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Florida could make or break the Tigers this fall. Add in a week one duel with TCU In Arlington and LSU finds itself with yet another difficult schedule.

Postseason Prospects: A difficult schedule and a lot of lost talent paves way for a "just short" season. The Tigers road to the national championship game in Pasadena will be very bumpy with the loss of 12 starters from las season. Mettenberger and Tigers offense may have to carry this squad early on as the young and inexperienced defense matures. On paper, this does not appear to be a team that can give the Alabama Crimson Tide a run for their money this season.

Coach Talk: "We have a quality group of veterans who will be able to lead. I think even though some of those young linebackers are now sophomores they played half a season they are ready to play. We have always had guys who as true freshman have stepped up. That could certainly happen this year. I like our team. When you line up against quality opponents like Alabama, you got to play your best and rise up and make plays. It is a great challenge and we look forward to it."
— LSU head coach Les Miles

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