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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Midseason review: LSU

By Chris Low
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Perhaps as much as any team in the SEC, LSU is an unknown quantity at this point, almost an enigma, really. You know the Tigers (5-1, 3-1) have talent, and you know they’re capable of making a run during the second half of the season and winning the Western Division. But their offense has been so sketchy to this point that they could also lose two or three more games the rest of the way. John Chavis’ defense has played extremely well and gave LSU every chance to win against Florida two weeks ago. It’s a defense that has steadily improved since the opener against Washington. Again, though, the scary part is what the Tigers have done (or haven’t done) on offense. They’re 112th nationally in total offense, and there’s no way with the talent they have on this team that they should be anywhere close to that inept offensively.

Offensive MVP: WR Brandon LaFell. This is a tough one because the Tigers simply haven’t done a whole lot this season on offense. But LaFell has made the most of his chances. He leads the team with 27 catches, and five of those have gone for touchdowns. The Tigers need to figure out a way to get him the ball more.

Defensive MVP: CB Patrick Peterson. Lots of solid candidates here, but Peterson gets the nod based on the way he’s played in big games. He was outstanding against Florida, making several key open-field tackles, and he also came up big in the win over Georgia. Peterson is tied for fourth in the league with seven passes defended, but he’s also big enough and physical enough to be a force against the run.