ä The LSU defense:
The Tigers held Florida to 14 points despite having two starting linebackers injured and allowing running back Mike Gillislee to allowing 146 yards and two touchdowns. This was arguably their most valiant effort of the season. They deserved a better fate.
ä LSU QB Zach Mettenberger:
Mettenberger was only 11 of 25 for 160 yards and threw one interception, but there were tiems when you could see what LSU coach Les Miles and the rest of the Tigers coaches see in him. He had stretches, especially on the opening drive, when he threw the clean, crisp, hard, decisive passes. He stood in the pocket and riffled a fourth-down pass. His 56-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. was a thing of beauty. There were times when he just needed more time to throw and better receivers to help him, but he is NOT the reason why LSU lost.
ä LSU LB Kevin Minter:
Minter, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior, had an All-America type game against the Gators. He had 20 tackles, including 17 solos. He also had three tackles for a 17-yard loss and two sacks, which totalled 16 yards. Let’s see ... a good athlete plus an incredible game on a national stage in front of millions could equal millions in the back account when the National Football League comes calling.
ä LSU Receivers:
We get the point, LSU doesn’t keep game stats on drops. How about fumbles? How about mental lapses? This is one group of the LSU football team that is not championship ready and hasn’t been since the start of the season. They don’t have any game changers. They don’t have any surehanded threats. Mettenberger deserves better.
ä LSU Penalties:
The Tigers had eight penalties for 83 yards. Sure, we know that LSU coach Les Miles is working on “correcting” the problems, but hasn’t he been doing that for weeks? This team needs some discipline.
ä CBS color analyst Gary Danielson :
We can see the first Tyrann Mathieu reference. LSU is playing on a national stage for the first time this season, and there could have been some viewers who didn’t know that Mathieu was dismissed from the team. But one Mathieu reference was enough. We get the point. LSU would be better this season if Mathieu would have behaved himself and decided to stay on the team, but it’s old news.
Pierce W. Huff