LSU looks to turn the tide in SEC West

For LSU, it’s all about keeping up with Alabama. And that has been tough to do the past two seasons for the Tigers.

A weak offense was LSU’s biggest problem last season, as the Tigers had the No. 9 passing offense (181.8 ypg) and the No. 11 rushing attack (122.8) in the SEC. There were some rumblings that a change would be made at offensive coordinator, but Gary Crowton is back. But LSU did hire Florida wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales, and he was named LSU’s passing game coordinator. Gonzales is expected to add some more spread-option schemes into the mix.

Most of the blame last season fell on an offensive line that struggled to get a consistent push. That unit, along with the front seven on defense, will be a point of emphasis this spring as LSU needs to show it still has the stuff to compete with the Crimson Tide.