One of the major reasons LSU fired Les Miles was the Tigers’ inability to find any success throwing the ball under his watch, and after Ed Orgeron got the permanent head coaching position this offseason, one of his first moves was bringing Matt Canada in from Pitt to fix the nation’s 106th-ranked passing attack.
Following an encouraging 27-0 win over BYU to open the season, many people were fawning over the new-look LSU offense. Quarterback Danny Etling earned praise for his efficient approach, and if the dominant rushing attack led by Derrius Guice could add a passing threat, it seemed like the Tigers would be virtually unstoppable.
Then Saturday’s trip to Mississippi State happened, and now the Tigers appear as far away from a serviceable passing attack as ever.
The Bulldogs absolutely destroyed LSU 37-7, outgaining them 465-270 in total yards and sending the visitors home with a ton of questions. Etling completed just 13-of-29 passes for 137 yards, a paltry 4.7 yards per completion.
Without the passing threat, the Bulldogs’ defense keyed on the Tigers’ rushing attack and held LSU to 133 yards on the ground. Guice, who led the SEC in rushing last season, put up just 76 yards in the affair.
Canada’s offense looked absolutely lost in his first foray into SEC play, and Dave Aranda’s vaunted defense seemed penetrable for the first time in his tenure with the program.
With games against Syracuse and Troy next up, Canada has two inferior opponents to work out the kinks against before the Tigers return to SEC action Oct. 7. They’d better get those two games, because the rest of the schedule is one of the toughest in the country.
|Oct. 7||@ Florida|
|Oct. 21||@ Ole Miss|
|Nov. 4||@ Alabama|
|Nov. 18||@ Tennessee|
|Nov. 25||Texas A&M|
Canada could very well turn the Tigers’ fortunes around and inject life into the dormant passing attack, but as Mississippi State showed Saturday, without a balanced offense, LSU is going nowhere in the powerful SEC West.
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