The Mississippi State Bulldogs fought hard against the No. 10 LSU Tigers and were keeping it close early in the third quarter with a 28–26 score until Zach Mettenberger hooked up with Odell Beckham for a 33-yard touchdown. After that touchdown, the Bulldogs never scored again.
LSU has looked far better than anyone anticipated going into the 2013 NCAA football season. They continue to shine on offense, despite letting opponents score a lot of points.
LSU’s biggest flaw has to be that they don’t have the defense that they have been known for in the past. The Tigers are expected to shutdown opponents offensively and grind it out on the ground on offense, but this season they have had much more success through the air and outscoring opponents. This works great against lesser teams, but some of the toughest SEC teams are still on the Tigers’ schedule.
Of the teams left that LSU faces, the Florida Gators could be the team that they have the most trouble against, not including the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Gators have one of the best defenses in the entire country and continue to win despite offensive struggles. Even though Florida hasn’t looked too flashy so far, don’t chalk this game up as a win.
The Tigers will have to fight hard to win this game. Mettenberger will have to play extremely efficiently, because one mistake and the Florida defense usually scores. LSU’s defense will have to step up as well, because if they don’t it’s unlikely the Tigers can score 30+ points on Florida’s defense.
LSU probably won’t make it to the national championship game this season, but the Tigers will be the team that knocks either Alabama or Texas A&M out of the hunt. LSU’s future looks bright in the SEC, and that’s a very scary thing.