Towson vs. LSU: Les Miles Must Work out Offensive Kinks Against Inferior Team

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2012

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers looks to pass against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Mark my words, folks. The Tigers are going to win this game.

See what I did there? 

While my lede will absolutely come true—and unless one of the biggest upsets in college football history takes place, it will be the Tigers from LSU that get the win—that doesn't mean this is simply a throwaway game for the Bayou Bengals.

That is, even if college football is the only sport that still has preseason games in the fifth week of the regular season.

In reality, LSU needs to work out some kinks on offense. While we all know how talented and deep they are on the defensive side of the ball, the game against Auburn exposed some weaknesses on offense.

They may get you a win over other teams known as the Tigers, but it won't fly against Gators, Gamecocks or the Crimson Tide. 

Zach Mettenberger and the LSU passing game has been a pretty big disappointment to this point. The Tigers are throwing for just 194.5 yards per game, and through four games, Mettenberger has just four touchdown passes.

Until Auburn, it didn't matter. LSU could run the ball at will and play solid defense to win games. 

However, what happens next week, when LSU starts a brutal five-game stretch against Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama and Mississippi? Do you think the Tigers will be able to survive unscathed as a one-dimensional offense through that gauntlet?

It killed them against Alabama in the National Championship Game last year, and it will come back to haunt them again in this game if they don't become more balanced offensively.

Against Towson, I would like to see LSU focus on the passing game early and get Mettenberger, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham and Kadron Boone going. I want to see them work on some new things, try out a few new routes, get the timing down and Mettenberger's confidence up. 

Let's see LSU build a lead through the air, and then they can let the ground game and defense do its thing. 

Otherwise, I fear the Tigers will lament their one-dimensional attack. The ones from LSU, that is.


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