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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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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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LSU’s offensive struggles vs. Florida far surpass final play, toss dive

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Saturday’s final play was less the culprit than a nutshell.

LSU snapped the ball from Florida’s 1-yard line, tossed to running back Derrius Guice and came up short of tying and likely beating the Gators as time expired.

The Tigers’ offense had left much more to be desired for four quarters of a miscue-riddled afternoon for both sides, though, than simply an understandably frustrating conclusion to the 16-10 defeat.

“We can’t put the result of the game on one play,” senior fullback John David Moore said. “That wouldn’t be fair to anybody on this team. Really, yeah, he was supposed to go the other way, but at the end of the day, it comes down to everybody on this team.”

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