With a new quarterback, Zach Mettenberger, at the helm with a huge arm and some speedy receivers, there was plenty of speculation about the possibility of a high-flying passing offense for the LSU Tigers. Against North Texas, though, the Tigers showed that they'll stick with what they know best, running the ball straight into the teeth of the defense.
LSU ran the ball 46 times compared to 26 passing attempts by Mettenberger as they cruised to a 41-14 victory on Saturday. Specifically, running backs Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard combined for 264 yards on the ground.
Now the challenge for any other running back is trying to earn carries with such a strong one-two punch in Blue and Hilliard. According to Micah Bedard of The Daily Reveille, accomplishing that challenge is going to be difficult:
"If (Spencer) Ware or (Michael) Ford hope to supplant either of the two featured backs, they might want to get started now. The one-two punch of Blue and Hilliard looks like a freight train gaining speed leaving the station."
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