LSU (4-1, 1-1) might not be that complete of a team, after all. The Tigers’ defense showed its youthful age against Georgia last week, especially in the secondary. Georgia churned out nearly 500 yards and averaged seven yards per play.
“That’s the fastest way to get you beat,” Les Miles said earlier this week. “Play against a quality opponent and not cover a segment of the field.”
It didn’t help that LSU’s front seven didn’t generate any pressure on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who threw four touchdowns and wasn’t sacked in the game.
Miles said there are two ways LSU may try to improve the pass rush.
“Add guys to the rush, or continue to prepare the guys that would be your best four pass rushers to do the things that they’re capable of doing and to get better at it technically,” he said. “Those are the things we’re really focused on.”
Though the defense struggled in the loss, we did learn that Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger is the real deal. He delivered some NFL throws and actually outplayed Murray between the hedges, going 23-for-37 with 372 yards and three touchdowns. What happened to Jeremy Hill? LSU relied heavily on the pass against Georgia, as the Tigers only managed 77 yards on the ground.
What to look for in Week 6: The Tigers defense to bounce back against Mississippi State. After getting scorched by Georgia, the LSU defense should be chomping at the bit to get on the field against the SEC’s other Bulldogs, which are welcoming back QB Tyler Russell, who hasn’t played since Week 1. Most importantly, look for an LSU win this week. Under Miles, the Tigers are 20-1 after a loss, having back-to-back defeats only in November of 2008, when they fell to Ole Miss and Arkansas.