LSU a legit challenger to Bama in SEC

Zach Mettenberger and LSU are well-positioned in the SEC race. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Lined up in this week's Takeaways are items on Texas' big win, the shakeup in the Pac-12 and the continued rise of Baylor and Clemson, but we'll start with the wide-open SEC race and one team in particular that looks like it has what it takes to win the league.

1. LSU is a legitimate challenger to Alabama in the SEC

As he cycled through film of his own offense and Florida’s defense Friday afternoon, LSU first-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron looked over at me.

“You know,” he said, “we aren’t trying to have the No. 1 offense in the country. We’re trying to win games.”

Cameron knew that the Tigers were going up against Florida’s highly rated defense the next day. He knew that something like what happened, a no-frills 17-6 victory, was a distinct possibility for a team and offense that was averaging a gaudy 45 points a game.