The depth is incredible. How many other teams have their sixth string running back at the start of fall camp run wild on one of the top defenses in the country?
Down three starters on the offensive line and the offensive line plays its best game since sometime last November.
That is incredible depth, and a great job by the coaching staff. (warning…I am joking with the next comment)
But maybe LSU should try their backup punter and place kicker since Wing and Alleman have performed below the standards they set last year.
Another thing we learned is that, amazingly, LSU can still run against one of the top defenses even when the defense commits 8 and 9 in the box.
LSU still cannot consistently get it in the end zone that way, but they showed they are able to move the ball between the 20s that way.
How did LSU do it? I am not totally sure, and for the record Kirk Herbstreit was as amazed as I. LSU displayed just enough new wrinkles, and I was glad to see some of the new wrinkles have success. For example:
• Spencer Ware's lined up at quarterback.
• Russell Shepard in jet sweep motion helped slow pursuit to where Spencer Ware was able to beat one defender in space for a third down conversion.
• A few stretch handoffs as well as toss sweeps sprinkled in with runs between the tackle.
Those are just a few examples, and the point is that all the wrinkles didn’t work directly.
But, indirectly, the impact on the South Carolina defense was apparent.
Overall, the performance demonstrates that LSU has not needed drastic change on offense to be productive.
Instead, the combination of execution, just enough creativity to make the defense think, and putting talented players in their best positions can be the formula to success.
A few more misdirection plays and new wrinkles inside the 10 yard line and LSU will be rolling.
The last thing I have learned is that I need to stop hoping for a plan B to offensive success just in case LSU can't run against 8 and 9 in the box. There isn't another plan.
They are not going to “take advantage of what the defense gives them. Instead, LSU is going to do what they do.
That is the path to victory. And if that doesn’t work, then LSU is going to be held to 200 yards of offense or less against a quality defense.
And if I don’t like that? Then I better change the channel.