At 16/1 betting odds to win the BCS Championship for 2013, the LSU Tigers might be overlooked as they have almost all of their players returning at key positions and the addition of offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, to the Tigers coaching staff. This could be a team that’s worth the value.
To come out of the best conference in all of the college football unscathed is the impossible task, unless if you’re Alabama. The Tigers had a very good season at 10-3 and ranked 8th in the country, but they didn’t finish off the season the way that they had wanted.
LSU had 9 1st downs in comparison to Clemson’s 32 1st downs. Clemson had more than double the yardage of LSU. You figure this is a blowout…wrong! LSU took a 24-16 lead in the Chick-fil-a-BOWL over Clemson, but the Tigers managed to outscore LSU 12-0 and defeat them with a field goal on the last play of the game.
To be competitive in a game where they were dominated, shows you just how good that LSU is. This is a team that needs a little fine-tuning with all of their experience.
Fire Me, Hire Me
Cam Cameron might have gotten fired by the Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens during mid-season, but he got a ring and landed on his feet with a veteran LSU Tigers team.
Cameron has developed some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers to name a couple. Cameron has all of the pieces set up. His job will be to mold Zach Mettenberger into one of your prototypical dropback passers and get more production out of him. Mettenberger has a gun for an arm; all of the tools are there.
Top Receivers Returning
How rare is it when a college team has its 4 top targets returning in one season? Odell Beckham (713 yards, 2 TD), Jarvis Landry (573 yards, 5 TD), Kadron Boone (348 yards, 4 TD), and James Wright (242 yards) are all returning to try to knock off teams like Alabama and Ohio State. With the addition of Cameron and the maturation process and familiarity between passer and receiver, look for the passing game to prosper and we’ll be seeing big numbers from this group and they should be worthy to back (in most cases) for our NAAF picks.
The “Hill” to Climb
Experience is key; LSU knows what they have to do and have top rushers, Jeremy Hill and Kenny Hilliard, returning. His team didn’t play well, but Hill is coming off of a huge bowl game in which he accounted for 124 yards and 2 TD’s. This is a player that had 12 touchdowns on the season in just 8 full games.
Look for Jeremy Hill to have a monster season as LSU will create the element of unpredictability in the eyes of opposing defenses.
Regardless of losing players like Barkevious Mingo to the NFL; this defense is loaded. Linebacker is a strong position and look for Jermauria Rasco (DE), Anthony Johnson ( DT) ,and Lavar Edwards (DE) to all be a major force on the line.
This is a team that played top level competition and allowed just 17.5 points per game.
Recruiting is always a focus, but LSU isn’t a team starving for players. They have plenty of youth on the offense.
No 5 stars recruits were landed, but the Tigers picked up 4 newcomers in the top 100 headed by the 41st recruit, Kendall Beckwith. Beckwith is a dual-threat quarterback that can possibly play wide receiver or outside linebacker. He has a combination of size and good mobility.
The Tigers also addressed the defensive side of the ball with cornerback Jeryl Brazil and defensive tackle Greg Gilmore.
Their recruiting system fits in line with the team as a whole; they’re very well rounded and don’t have many weaknesses.
Cam Cameron will have something to prove and improve the game of Zach Mettenberger. There are no concerns with the defense. This can be a one loss team and is a legitimate contender depending on the play of Mettenberger.