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It seemed as if LSU dealt with a bit of a hangover effect this year after its awful performance in the BCS championship game. The Tigers were still one of the most talented teams in college football, yet they seemed to lack the same type of passion and attitude that they had in 2012.
After losing to both Alabama and Florida and missing out on a BCS bowl game, it's likely that the team will be much more motivated in 2013.
On offense, QB Zach Mettenberger will return to lead a unit that will feature plenty of standouts: running backs Jeremy Hill, Michael Ford, Kenny Hilliard, Alfred Blue and Spencer Ware; receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry and left tackle Chris Faulk, a potential first-round NFL prospect who missed most of the 2012 season with a knee injury.
It's still hard to tell how the defense will look, seeing as how we've yet to find out whether the team's top defenders—such as defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, DT Bennie Logan, LB Kevin Minter and safety Eric Reid—will enter the 2013 NFL draft. However, even if the Tigers do lose some key defenders, they'll still have plenty of talent on that side of the ball.
LSU will almost certainly enter the 2013 season ranked in the top 5, and in terms of overall talent, the Tigers might just be the best overall team in the nation.