In a seemingly one-way rivalry, LSU fell to the Rebels in Oxford Saturday night. A game in which the Rebels take very seriously, but LSU hasn't in at least 20 years.
Maybe that should change.
The depleted Rebels, notably Bo Wallace, played a perfect game. Wallace, who had success against LSU last year, continued that, at point point completing 10 passes in a row in th esecond half. The Rebels wanted the win – LSU went there hoping to get out. More past the jump.
It's easy to see why LSU lost, it was obvious. Zach Mettenberger threw 3 interceptions, two in the endzone and one in the red zone. If one of those doesn't happen, we're talking about a narrow escape and back to Baton Rouge prepping for Alabama. If two of those don't happen, this game might not be close.
Not only that, but this defense just is not good as the 2012, much less 2011 editions. LSU has a competent offense (highly competent most weekends, even), but an incompetent defense. Giving up 525 yards is going to turn into some points and LSU might consider themselves lucky in giving up only 27 points total. We knew this defense was going to need work this season and the only thing that will fix it is time…apparently a fair amount of it.
We're just going to have to deal with it. The defense is going to be what it is. Les thought the defense turned a corner last week & we could go back to grinding drives out in between airing it out. Well, it appears a tire fire would be an upgrade for the Florida offense & this LSU defense's gains were more of the mirage variety.
Les can make something of this season by just letting the offense run wide open. Indeed, they tried some of that yet Mett answered with 3 INTs, but I'm inclined to believe that's an aberration. Mettenberger's been on for most of the season. Let the offense score what it can & let's see how far that takes us. Let's have fun.