The LSU Tigers are the No. 7 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, but there are some problems with the squad.
One of those, according to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, is the offense, which doesn’t exactly inspire fear in opposing defenses.
“When you really watch them – they have a playoff-caliber defense. And their offense is very challenged, not just against Alabama, but against anybody, to be able to consistently move the ball,” Herbstreit said. “The thing about it, over the years, you think of some of the skill guys they’ve had in the backfield, out at receiver, and while they have a few guys that kind of flash, this offense – and I’m not putting all this on (quarterback) Joe Burrow, I’m putting it on the whole offense, they just don’t have a lot of guys that strike fear in your heart.”
At 7-2, the Tigers can still put together a 10-win season by winning out against Arkansas, Rice and Texas A&M, but it’ll mostly be on the strength of the defense.
With many key pieces returning to the offense next year, though, perhaps that unit will improve in 2019 and beyond.