2. Is LSU for real?
The Tigers have been all over the map this season it seems. Two weeks ago they lost at home to unranked Troy. Since then they have beaten two top 25 teams in then-No. 21 Florida in the Swamp and then-No. 10 Auburn (5-2, 3-1) back home in Death Valley.
After the back to back top 25 wins the Tigers have jumped back into the AP Poll at 24. So which LSU (5-2, 2-1) can future opponents expect to see? It all depends on the defense.
The Tigers play their best when the defense shows up. They started the season hot with a shutout of BYU at home, and only allowed Chattanooga to score 10 in week 2. Then, week 3 rolled around and things seemed to inexplicably fall apart.
From Week 3 to Week 5, the Tigers went 1-2 with losses to what we know now is a bad Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2) team in Starkville, and then lesser-foe Troy back at home. The Tiger defense allowed 84 points in that span.
The Tigers eeked out a win in Gainesville in week 6 and found a way to come back and beat Auburn in week 7. You never know what you’re going to get with the Tigers this season, but if the defense shows up, watch out. The SEC is weak this year, and LSU doesn’t play a lot of great teams through the rest of the season.
They have to go play Alabama in Tuscaloosa in two weeks, but other than that they have home dates against Texas A&M and Arkansas and visits to Ole Miss and Tennessee. These Tigers could be dangerous through these last five weeks.