LSU Football: 5 Startling Statistics from Tigers' 2013 Campaign
Never has looking up stats been so exhilarating for an LSU fan.
Well, that's true for one side of the ball at least. While LSU's offense is producing at a school-record rate, the defense is going in the opposite direction.
After the Tigers gave up 493 yards of offense and 44 points to Georgia, LSU allowed 468 yards and 26 points to Mississippi State.
In other words—it's been uncommon territory for LSU fans this season, but after they take a gander at these incredible statistics, they'll know they're observing a historic LSU season.
Averaging 45.5 Points Per Game
The LSU Tigers have scored a total of 273 points through six games.
Heading into the Mississippi State game, the Tigers had 214 points on the season, which was the highest point total for an LSU team through five games. The second highest was 201 by the 2003 team.
After LSU produced a 59-point performance that boosted that stat even higher, you can clearly see how impressive this statistic is. Through six games, the Tigers have 2,933 yards of total offense, which is the highest by any LSU team over a six-game span. The previous best was 2,730 by the 2001 squad.
To truly speak of how explosive this offense is, LSU came into the Mississippi State game third in the nation with 35 plays of 20 yards or more. After posting 10 more against the Bulldogs, the Tigers remain one of the most explosive offenses, with 45 plays of 20-plus yards this season.
Those long plays are resulting in scores, as the Tigers are averaging 45.5 points per game.
Giving Up 24.7 Points Per Game
Where are you, LSU defense?
With games against UAB, Kent State and Mississippi State (averaging 23 points per game) included, the Tigers are giving up 24.7 points per game.
That's not very LSU-esque. To put it into perspective, the Tigers gave up 12.8 points per game through six games last season and 12.5 in 2011.
With breakdowns in the secondary, quiet linebacker execution and soft defensive-line play this season, the Tigers defense looks the opposite of a typical LSU defense. As the Tigers continue to give up big yards and a lot of scoring, LSU's defense will continue to be the weakness of the 2013 team.
This is an alarming note that could keep LSU out of the national title hunt at the end of the season.
Over 400 Yards in All 6 Games of the Season
This 2013 season is all about shattering offensive records.
For the first time in school history, LSU has produced 400-plus yards in each of its six games, not to mention that LSU has scored 30-plus points in each contest.
We call that the Cam Cameron effect down here on the bayou.
Cameron's impression on the Tigers offense has been the biggest storyline of the year this season for LSU, and with Mettenberger learning under his tutelage, he's become one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.
Throw in two dynamic receivers, a running back that topples defenders and an offensive line that gets better as the game progresses, and you've got yourself one of the best offenses in LSU history. Numbers don't lie.
Mettenberger's 15 TD Passes, Hill's 9 TD Rushes and Beckham's 228.2 YPG
Speak of the devil—the man of the hour (season), Zach Mettenberger, is on track to cement his name in LSU history.
As he's thrown 2.5 touchdowns per game, Mettenberger only needs 13 more touchdowns to overtake the record for most touchdowns thrown in a single season at LSU. The record is 28. With six games remaining in the regular season, he'll get there if he continues to produce at this rate.
Meanwhile, running back Jeremy Hill is giving chase to history as well. Hill, who missed an entire game this season, has nine rushing touchdowns, which is 10 shy of LaBrandon Toefield's school record in a season.
Though the Tigers rotate backs, Hill has been able to score on long rushing touchdowns, which gives him a viable chance to create history. Hill's nine touchdown rushes rank first among SEC backs and second nationally.
And as for Odell Beckham, well, his 228.2 all-purpose yards per game lead the nation.
Beckham: 686 Receiving Yards, Landry: 616 Receiving Yards
Before the season, I asked both Jarvis Landry and Beckham who they thought would lead the team in receiving yards this year. They both gave humble answers saying they hope the other does.
Well, so far in 2013, both are getting their wish. Landry leads the SEC in touchdown receptions (Beckham is second), while Beckham leads the team in receiving yards.
Through six games, Landry and Beckham both have over 600 yards receiving, seemingly switching position for most receiving yards on a weekly basis. Why is this significant? Well, there are only four players in school history that have produced a 1,000-yard receiving season.
After Landry's and Beckham's explosive starts to the season, they are on pace to join Wendell Davis, Josh Reed, Michael Clayton and Eric Martin in school history lore.
LSU has never assembled two wide receivers with over 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. 2013 will likely break that trend.
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