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LSU Tigers Betting – Tigers Hope Improved Passing Game Pays Off

Posted by Blake Frazier on 7/11/2011 7:20:44 PM
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One constant truth about LSU football over the past four seasons is that good quarterbacks have been hard to come by. The passing game has struggled so much in Baton Rouge that even MLB baseball betting gurus could anticipate low-scoring LSU games. Because of pronounced quarterbacking woes, the LSU Tigers threw just four touchdown passes over the course of the entire 2010 regular season. A complete lack of production in the passing game led head coach Les Miles to finally part ways with offensive coordinator Gary Crowton and bring in a new man, former Tulsa and Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe. Kragthorpe’s objective is simple: get production from Jordan Jefferson and the passing game. How he will accomplish that remains to be seen. The coaching staff hedged their bets on Jefferson and the passing game by bringing in highly touted transfer Zach Mettenberger to compete for the job and as insurance in case Jefferson continues to struggle.

Even with the emphasis on an improved passing game, LSU will still be a run-oriented, physical offense. The Tigers can use such an approach because tailback Spencer Ware returns after a break out performance against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl where he rushed for over 100 yards on just 10 carries. With the departure of Stevan Ridley, Ware will be the go to guy at tailback and looked poised to do the job just fine in the spring. Ware will have the luxury of running behind an offensive line that returns four of five starters and is comprised entirely of juniors and seniors. The passing game will get highlights on television, but Kragthorpe and Miles both know that the Tigers’ bread and butter will be a downhill rushing attack that dominates the line of scrimmage.

The calling card of any Miles coached LSU team is a defense loaded with enormous and athletic linemen up front. That will not change in 2011. Despite the loss of Drake Nevis at defensive tackle, there’s still plenty of talent up front. Kendrick Adams, Barkevious Mingo, and Sam Montgomery are all standout pass rushers at end and will be joined by blue chip end Jermauria Rasco, one of the nation’s best pass rushing prospects out of high school. Josh Downs and Michael Brockers won’t make anyone forget Glen Dorsey at defensive tackle, but they’ll hold up just fine. It will be hard to keep freshman Anthony Johnson out of the tackle rotation. At 6’4, 300 lbs, Johnson was one of the nation’s highest rated defensive tackle prospects.

The loss of Patrick Peterson will weigh heavily on the Tigers secondary - his presence and skill as a cover corner often allowed LSU to put him on the opponent’s best receiver and call it a day. Morris Claiborne returns at the other corner slot while Tyrann Matthieu has the unenviable task of trying to replace Peterson. Strong Safety Brandon Tyler returns but the free safety position remains open heading into fall camp. If serviceable players are found then the secondary should be excellent again.

The Tigers will not be facing a roster of cupcakes this season, and that’s never the way Miles likes to arrange his schedule. LSU takes on all comers, as sports betting experts know, and this year is no exception. The Tigers open with national runner-up Oregon in Dallas on September 3. Two weeks later they’ll travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State. The week after that, the Bayou Bengals will fly to Morgantown to face West Virginia and its new pass-first offense. Florida visits in October. November features games at Alabama and Ole Miss and at home against Arkansas the day after Thanksgiving. A wise sports bet would place LSU second in the SEC West behind Alabama. A 10-win regular season sounds about right.

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