LSU Tigers: What We Learned In Week 3, What To Look For In Week 4
These LSU Tigers (3-0, 0-0) are going to be extremely difficult to take down. Though the TCU (1-2, 0-1) win doesn’t look quite as good after the Horned Frogs’ loss to Texas Tech (3-0, 1-0), LSU still appears to be the most well-rounded team in the SEC through the first three weeks. The Tigers are rolling on offense, painfully stifling on defense and are making big plays on special teams. At this point, LSU hasn’t played the stiffest competition, but it’s hard to find a weakness. But every team has a few warts, and they’re bound to pop up at some point during the season.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has been remarkably efficient, throwing for more than 250 yards in each of the first three games – which matches his total for last season. He has completed 65 percent of his passes for 797 yards, nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. Behind Mettenberger, LSU’s stable of running backs have been churning up lots of yardage, averaging nearly 220 yards and three touchdowns per game on the ground. On the perimeter, the Tigers have arguably the best receiver duo in the league – Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham – which have combined for 32 receptions, 576 yards and nine touchdowns.
As mentioned, the LSU defense is stout – really stout. It’s only giving up 19 points (38th) and 267.7 yards (10th) per game, but LSU hasn’t exactly played a stellar schedule so far.
What to look for in Week 4: Are the Tigers as good as their numbers suggest? Sure, Auburn (3-0, 1-0) is unranked and has all sorts of questions, but the other Tigers will be LSU’s toughest test yet. Auburn hasn’t won in Death Valley since 1999, so you can bet LSU will be facing a motivated, talented and ever-improving team Saturday night. We’ll find out just how “for real” the Bayou Bengals are this week.