LSU’s 37-7 loss at Mississippi State last weekend sent many fans into a panic after watching one of the team’s worst losses since 2000.
Jerit Roser and Mark Clements break down everything that went wrong for the Tigers in Starkville, Miss., in the podcast below — as well as what these indicators mean for the rest of the season and what coach Ed Orgeron’s squad needs to show Saturday at home against Syracuse to bounce back effectively.
LSU looked good in another rout of a lesser opponent in Week 2, but still showed areas in need of fixing as SEC play opens.
Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss quarterback Danny Etling’s play so far, the issues that could cost the Tigers in conference play and the best-dressed players from the team’s first walk down Victory Hill among other topics.
The dynamic duo also breaks down what to expect from this weekend’s trip to Mississippi State and makes predictions on how Etling and company fare against the Bulldogs on Saturday.
LSU provided arguably its two or three most impressive offensive plays of the young 2017 season before halftime even arrived in Saturday’s 45-10 rout of Chattanooga.
Senior quarterback Danny Etling capped the Tigers’ first drive with a pair of fakes in the backfield — a handoff to running back Derrius Guice and end-around to wide receiver D.J. Chark — and 36-yard sling on target to a wide-open Drake Davis in the end zone.
After a defensive stand, Etling dropped back on LSU’s next offensive play and heaved the ball deep to Stephen Sullivan, who elevated over two Mocs defenders and hauled in the 46-yard gain.
Even against FCS competition, the two connections with the sophomore Baton Rouge area natives highlighted another potential early-season hint at the revamped offense fans can expect to see under new coordinator Matt Canada.
“I’ve been watching LSU since my ninth-grade year in high school, and I’ve never seen ’em take this many shots,” Sullivan laughed. “We were gonna take whatever the defense gave us. If we would’ve bailed, we would’ve ran it. If they came down, we would throw it over their head. And that’s exactly what we did.”
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.