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Revisiting LSU’s season outlook after its Dome domination of BYU | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU’s 27-0 rout of BYU in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this past weekend was enough to force Jerit Roser and Mark Clements to revisit at least a couple of their preseason predictions.

The Tigers’ defense looked stellar, and Danny Etling and the new-look Matt Canada offense provided plenty of foundation for optimism — even despite some early issues.

Check out the podcast below as Jerit and Mark break down the opener, including Players of the Week on both sides of the ball, and look forward to what this first look may mean for the season ahead.

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LHSAA season starts wild, shows no signs of slowing down | Jerit and the Kid

Catholic High and Parkview Baptist needed just one week to provide what will probably remain one of the top games of the 2017 LHSAA season.

And the Bears and Eagles were not alone among the major story lines from a wild opening weekend.

Jerit Roser and Jordan Burkett recap all that action in the podcast below, as well as previewing the Week 2 games to watch and making predictions on how they will unfold.

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LSU’s “Air Canada” offense shows some signs, still waiting to fully take off

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Offensive coordinator Matt Canada, right, talks with other members of LSU’s staff prior to the Tigers’ season opener against BYU. (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com)

Saturday’s highly anticipated debut of LSU’s new-look offense came and went with 17 pass attempts, 173 passing yards and 27 points against BYU.

The once-again ground-dominant attack’s statistics, which missed the Tigers’ 2016 scoring average, fell shy of at least some vocal fans’ lofty expectations for “Air Canada.”

But the unit actually showed notable change under new coordinator Matt Canada that could ultimately validate offseason-long confidence and some early ooo’s and ah’s — if it can clean up some mistakes and continue to progress, as promised in the wake of the 27-0 victory.

“(Canada) was fantastic,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “He was on fire tonight. But that’s what I’ve seen is just what happened. You saw what our defense looked like tonight, and there are some days that we can not stop him. And I know he has some more things that he wants to get better at, obviously, but I thought he did a great job of managing the whole offensive staff.

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Four LSU true freshmen start season opener, several other play early vs. BYU

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True freshmen Grant Delpit, Kary Vincent Jr. and K’Lavon Chaisson — all Texas natives — played early and often in the Tigers’ season opener Saturday. (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com

LSU has a history of true freshmen starting football games. But not quite like this.

A possible-record four started — and made their presence felt — in an eventual 27-0 defeat of BYU (1-1) on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to headline a deep group of first-time contributors called upon in Game No. 1.

“We knew they were gonna play,” coach Ed Orgeron said. “We prepared them. These were some of the best freshmen I’ve seen around. I thought they were gonna play well. Actually, I probably thought they were gonna make more mistakes than they did.

“I think that’s a credit to our older guys. They helped coach ’em up, and they stayed calm on the sidelines and calm before the game. And credit our coaches that coach their positions. They managed their positions, and they did very well.”

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LSU doesn’t allow BYU to cross 50-yard line in dominant, ironic Superdome return

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Cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams intercepted a pass in his first career game for LSU on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com)

With seemingly eyes on offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s debut, LSU’s dominant — and ironic — defense stole the show in the program’s return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Tigers (1-0) held BYU (1-1) to just 92 yards of total offense in Saturday’s 27-0 shutout victory to begin the 2017 schedule, their first season-opening shutout since 2007.

In fact, the Cougars failed to cross the 50-yard line in a performance many fans and media throughout the day likened to LSU’s own offensive futility in the 2011 national championship contest in the same venue.

“I think the second quarter, we’re over there looking at the stats and saying, ‘You know, we’ve got a real shot of doing this,'” senior defensive lineman Christian LaCouture said. “We expect to be that. But you never know at the game — you could have a great performance, but it’s 200 yards total or 300 yards total, but you played well.

“But when I saw in the fourth-quarter, it’s (about) 97 yards, I’m like, ‘No, we’re staying in. We’ve gotta keep going.'”

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