The LSU Tigers are a very good, balanced football team that is ready to challenge No. 1 Alabama for the SEC West title. The Bayou Bengals took down one of the Big 12’s top teams, TCU, 37-27 in Week 1, and the two teams weren’t really as close as the score would indicate.
LSU dominated every statistical category: first downs, 26-13; total yards, 448-259; passing yards, 251-145; and time of possession, 36:01-23:59. LSU also converted 13 of 19 third downs, while holding the Horned Frogs to seven of 13.
LSU’s defense was as advertised, flying all over the field and suffocating nearly everything TCU tried offensively. But the Tigers’ solid defensive performance came as no surprise. LSU’s biggest revelation was the balance and effectiveness new coordinator Cam Cameron brought to the offense.
Terrence Magee ran for two second-half touchdowns, and second-year starter Zach Mettenberger threw for 251 yards with a key late score, a 20-yard TD to Jarvis Landry with six minutes left, to seal the deal. Landry finished with eight catches for 109 yards.
Perhaps the biggest performer of the night, however, was wide receiver Odell Beckham, who hauled in five catches for 118 yards. Beckham finished with a ridiculous 272 all-purpose yards, including a 75-yard kick-off return to set up LSU’s final score. Overall, this Tigers team looked good from top to bottom, and it could be primed for a big season.
What to look for in Week 2: Whether or not running back Jeremy Hill makes it onto the field against UAB. Hill was suspended for the TCU game following an offseason arrest, and Les Miles has refused to say if he will play in Week 2.