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2013 Regular Season in Review

It seems that another college football season has come and gone in the blink of an eye...

Well, another season and another double digit win total is certainly a possibility. In all likelihood, it looks like we are Cotton Bowl bound to play Baylor, Oklahoma State, or some spread offense from the Big 12. This season was definitely filled with the typical peaks and valleys that any young team faces. But should the regular season be looked at as a success?

The team finished 9-3, which is where most college football pundits had us placed anyways...excluding Desmond Howard. We went 3-2 against top 25 opponents, which included a beat down of Auburn in Death Valley. The offense looked tremendously better along the way. Zach Mettenberger led the SEC in passer rating and looked like a completely different quarterback for most of the season. Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry were as explosive a tandem there was in college football. For the first time in about six years there was balance on offense. Can we all praise Cam Cameron now?

But...

We inexplicably loss to Ole Miss...

We inexplicably loss to Ole Miss...

We inexplicably loss to Ole Miss...

Aside from that glaring game, LSU definitely dropped the ball a few other times. The defense was largely inconsistent aside from the Texas A&M game. I'm not counting Florida because...well...Georgia Southern. I think as fans we were a little naive coming into the season thinking that LSU would simply be a top 10 defense because either : A. "We just reload" or B. "The Chief will just figure it out." Losing 8 players from a defense will kill any team. Especially when LSU had to essentially rebuild the entire defensive line, and half of the secondary. With that being said, I still thought they would improve more from the beginning to the end of the season. You never really saw that improvement. The defense has to be better next year, right? Yes, it will lose Craig Loston, Lamin Barrow, and most likely Anthony Johnson. But, I'm not so sure Johnson shouldn't stay (The same goes for Ego Ferguson).

So What About 2014?

I think LSU will be a better team next year. The offense (skill position wise) will probably be rebuilt, but you have to like what you saw from Anthony Jennings. Talk about poise, and composure. As good as Beckham and Landry are, you have to remember: Wide receivers are a dime a dozen. Luckily, LSU is in great position to haul in some big time recruits as Louisiana is loaded. 11-13 wins should be attainable for next years squad. A seasoned defense and an experienced offensive line that is paired with talented recruits will bode well for the Tigers.

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