Tigers given fifth-best ground game


LSU's running game comes in at No. 5 in today's ESPN Insider piece.

LSU averaged more than 200 yards per game last year, and the Tigers return every member of the running back corps that battered opponents into submission. The team also returns four experienced starters and blue-chip talent to add to its offensive front. But all of that couldn't push the Tigers into the top of the list, which leads off with USC, Alabama, Oregon and Texas.

One thing working against LSU: the Tigers' backs aren't going to rack up the same quality of individual stats as some of the names above them. Les Miles has spread carries too much for that. But the head man said at SEC Media Days he wants to split touches between just two backs, rather than four. So that could be due for a change this fall.