BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Offensively LSU can run the football behind an array of tailbacks led by
Steven Ridley who combines speed and power.
When it comes to the passing game, it looks as if LSU is throwing a deflated football. Junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson just doesn't have it right now. The Tigers passing offense is ranked 112th in the nation.
What LSU does have is a defense that shuts down the opposition. That defense and the play of the Tigers special teams keeps LSU in position to win.
Tigers defensive back Patrick Peterson is outstanding shutting down most of the oppositions top receivers. When number 7 drops back in punt formation, he's electrifying.
Peterson has run back two punt returns for touchdowns this season. He's become a legitimate contender in the Heisman Trophy race.
Peterson admits he's a long shot saying, "It would definitely be an honor but it would be difficult for me as a corner back to be in that race. But I've got to keep doing the things to help this team win and take it a game at a time and see what happens at the end of the season."
Tiger fans would love to see Peterson running the Wild Tiger offensive. Head coach Les Miles says that could happen. The odds favor Peterson remaining on the sidelines when the Tigers have the ball.
Miles explained, "He can play a number of spots for us but let's talk the way it is, certainly in order it would be defense, special teams and then offense.
LSU should beat Tennessee giving the Tigers 3 wins and no defeats in the Southeastern Conference West Division race.
That would set up a crucial showdown against the Florida Gators next weekend.