It seems every year that most discussions around college football, especially in the south, have the LSU Tigers pretty close to the top of the list. It makes perfect sense too; the Tigers have always had great recruiting classes year after year, and have always put a solid team on the field. The only thing that has kept the Tigers from the top in the SEC west the last couple of years is the Crimson Tide. With every year’s game between the two meaning more and more, this season’s game in Baton Rouge should live up to all the hype. On November 6th, the Tide will make the trip to the Bayou to try to beat the Tigers for the third year in a row.
Last season, the Tigers had a disappointing season for their standards, going 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the SEC. They also had a loss on New Year’s day, losing to the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Citrus Bowl 19-17. Though the fan base is starting to stir, the Tigers will have to prove something this season to reclaim their status in the SEC west, especially with the emergence of Arkansas and Auburn again in the race.
The biggest question for the Tigers will be on the offensive side of the ball. Last season they struggled on offense on all units. The offensive line was beaten up all season, the running game underachieved, and the quarterback position added to the team’s suffering. This season, it looks as though that will be the same case. Starting at the quarterback, the Tigers will have to choose between juniors Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. Both never quite played the way they were expected to, and the back-up Lee looked more comfortable most of the time than Jefferson, who lead the team with 2,166 yards. The running back position will also be a position the Tigers will have to work on to compete with other teams in the conference. Steven Ridley and Richard Murphy will be a good one two punch, and redshirt Michael Ford has some great potential for getting some carries.