The skeptics were out from day one, questioning Les Miles' decision to hire Cam Cameron as the offensive coordinator of his finely tuned college football machine. Facing the skeptics, and more importantly, a stout, aggressive TCU defense, Cameron's offense stole the show in Arlington, Texas.
LSU put up 448 yards of total offense, more than it totaled in 11 of 13 contests in 2012. The two games where LSU went above 448? Meetings with Idaho and North Texas, teams that finished a combined 5-19 in 2012.
Cameron's offense was balanced, the Tigers ran and they threw against a TCU defense that was aggressive and challenged LSU on every down. More important than balance, Cameron used his tools, running the ball to help setup the pass and using the cannon of an arm Zach Mettenberger possesses to stretch the field vertically.
Mettenberger appeared better than ever this game. He was comfortable in the pocket, finding his targets and hitting them in stride. The senior also showed an ability to move in, and out of, the pocket, even demonstrating more confidence in throwing on the run than he had exhibited a season ago.
Cam Cameron has instilled a sense of confidence in this offense and watching receivers Kadron Boone, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. operate in space made that quite clear. For the first time in a long while, LSU's receiving corp has a belief that the quarterback can, and will, deliver the ball.
The next two weeks for LSU will be about continuing to improve on offense. UAB and Kent State do not present the same challenge as TCU, but they are opportunities for the Bayou Bengals to get better in all facets of the game.
Do you think LSU's offense is truly improved?
Watch for LSU to continue to work the running game, as Alfred Blue and Co. grow into more defined roles. The offensive line was solid on Saturday night, and as they square off against lesser opponents, expect the run game to blossom, creating more opportunity for big plays in the passing game.
With its first conference game coming in the third week of September, LSU has time to work and improve on its quest to the BCS Championship. Right now, the offense seems to be in an odd position compared to past years, ahead of the highly touted LSU defense.
Luckily, both sides of the ball have time to get better. The Tigers defense, with all of its studs, will get up to speed quickly, as the offense, led by Cam Cameron, continues to become a legitimate threat to the opposition.
It is a new dawn in Red Stick, LSU is going to score points in bunches.