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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 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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Gauging Impact on LSU vs. BYU by shuffled plans, freshmen | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU’s 2017 football season is now just a day away, with the Tigers and BYU traveling to New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements, of 225, broke down the impact of the change of plans and expectations for the matchup — particularly regarding all the freshmen expected to touch the turf in purple and gold.

Check out the podcast below for more information.

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LSU football outlook: Expectations and bold predictions | Tiger Pride Podcast

LSU’s season opener against BYU on Sept. 2 is now just eight days away, and Jerit Roser and Mark Clements have plenty of keys to watch for this fall.

Check out the first edition of the Tiger Pride Podcast, presented by 225 Magazine, for several expectations — and even a few bold predictions — about all position groups and phases.

And make sure to keep up with Jerit and Mark throughout the LSU football season on both 225BatonRouge.com and DatBoot.com.

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LSU needs quick maturation from underclassmen to answer questions | BootTalk

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LSU enters 2017 at No. 12 in the preseason coaches’ poll (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com).

LSU enters the fast-approaching 2017 football season with high hopes, as always, and a No. 12 ranking in the nation.

But the Tigers’ ability to reach lofty goals will hinge heavily on a thus-far unproven, albeit talented, group of underclassmen stepping into larger roles.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss key story lines to watch in the podcast below — from expectations for the offense under new coordinator Matt Canada, the potential of the offensive line, which young players they feel are most ready to excel and where the biggest question marks remain.

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