I think 2013 will be the "calm before the storm." LSU lately had been pretty much enshrined by the media as one of the very best college football programs - and rightfully so. The staple has been great defense, special teams, and mediocre offense. With all the defensive players we lost to the NFL it's natural for everyone to expect a rebuilding season on defense. That's o.k.
LSU "should" be a juggernaut offensively (and I don't say this tongue and cheek). We have a legitimate pro-style (pro-bound) QB running the offense in his 2nd year. We have quality and depth at all the skill positions. Pass blocking will need to be at a premium. With a pro-style offensive coordinator who will actually call a screen pass every now and then and maybe a few end arounds we will/should outscore everyone on the schedule - except maybe ATM.
By the time the Tigers get their rotations set on defense after TCU, UAB, and Kent State it will be time for the experienced offense and game-ready defense to bring their A games for 1st round of SEC action against Aub, UGA, and MState. Assuming..... LSU somehow manages to post all W's in the first half of the seaon then it's "ON" for 2nd half of season.
Florida will be another quality game in Tiger Stadium and then it's Ole Miss and Furman. Let's ass-u-me again that we are hitting on all cylinders and go into last gauntlet of season unscratched on the scoreboard and healthy.
Bye week and then the Crimson Tide. Most people give us a pretty solid "L" in that game but if we're 9-0 I don't think the Tigers will be so accommodating. Then it's another bye week and no matter how the 'Bama game plays out the ATM game will be huge from a national implication standpoint. Great scheduling by the way for LSU! Ark. awaits following Sat. (not Friday) in Tiger Stadium to conclude regular season.
If the Tigers can make it 11-1 with their schedule they will/should have a great chance to be considered for BCS title again. Going to take a lot of maturity early for the team but very possible. We all know Miles recruits the best players in the county. Looking forward to 2013 season already! Geaux Tigers!