On Saturday night, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron had the opportunity to watch the Alabama-Ole Miss game. That contest ended with 111 total points and 1,370 total yards of offense, as the Crimson Tide pulled away late to beat the Rebels 63-48.

And Orgeron noticed what a lot of people have seen this season — an increase in offense around the SEC.

“Offenses are changing, man. It’s basketball on grass,” Orgeron told the media during his Monday press conference.

The Tigers have seen it up close. In their season-opening 44-34 loss to Mississippi State, the Bulldogs put up 632 yards of total offense, as LSU’s 425 total  yards wasn’t enough to win. This past Saturday, Missouri had 586 total yards in its 45-41 win over LSU, which had 479 total yards itself.

It doesn’t change the fact, though, that Orgeron believes his team is capable of playing better defense.

“I still think we can have an outstanding defense,” Orgeron told the media. “I know there’s not a lot of great defense being played in the SEC right now. That’s no excuse, I don’t want to hear that. I want to play great defense at LSU. We’re going to play great defense, one way or another.”

Things won’t get easier for the Tigers’ defense this week, though. They’re set to go on the road to take on No. 10 Florida, which is averaging 42.3 points and 464 total yards per game. The Gators are also allowing 495 total yards per game, so it could be another high-scoring affair.

LSU and Florida are set to kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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