Season Report Card: LSU Tigers
Of course, LSU's three losses came against SEC competition (SEC West competition, to be exact), with two of those coming against the division leading Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Other than those few stumbles, the Tigers were pretty fantastic this season. LSU claimed four wins over Top 20 competition, and eventually went on to hoist the Outback Bowl trophy after a 21-14 victory on New Year's Day.
Let's take a look back and grade Les Miles and company on another successful season in Baton Rouge:
LSU saw its offense make tremendous strides this season under new offensive coordinator and former Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron. He came in and helped quarterback Zach Mettenberger make significant progress from day one. That resulted in a huge season for a pair of wide receiver threats in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, as both went over the 1,100 yard mark in receiving. Not to mention sophomore running back Jeremy Hill who scored 16 times on the ground. All in all, the Cameron era kicked off in outstanding fashion.
Yet again, the Tigers experienced massive success on defense. LSU finished 15th in the country in total defense, which included allowing only 22 points per game on the year. The defense was particularly impressive in wins over Auburn and Texas A&M, holding those two offensive powerhouses to a combined 31 points.
Many joke about the quirks of Les Miles. However, you simply can't doubt his ability to make LSU a contender year in and year out. And when you consider that the Tigers only lost by a field goal in two of their defeats (44-41 to Georgia and 27-24 to Ole Miss), it makes you realize how prepared this team was for every single challenge all year long.
While Miles and LSU want to compete for a national championship every single season, a 10-3 campaign is nothing to get down about. Again, the most frustrating part for the Tigers was that they were beaten in the final minutes in the aforementioned losses to Georgia and Ole Miss. With the excellent recruiting class coming in, Miles will once again have the Tigers competing for a national title when the 2014 season rolls around.
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