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A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

By the Numbers

Eye on Crowton

After three weeks, L.S.U. remains poor on offense.

Saturday’s win over Mississippi State came by 22 points, which was sweet. Those five field goals, however, while tying a school record, were sour. The L.S.U. offense continues to stumble, which is bad news. L.S.U. amassed only 264 yards of total offense, its worst performance of the young season — yes, worse than U.N.C., far worse than the 392-yard output against Vanderbilt a week ago. All eyes remain firmly fixed on offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, the architect of this ineffective attack.

Here’s a look at the L.S.U. offense through three weeks:

Scoring offense 28.3 points per game, 61st nationally (tied)
Total offense 323.0 yards per game, 91st nationally
Passing offense 120.0 yards per game, 115th nationally
Rushing offense 203.0 yards per game, 32nd nationally
Turnovers 7, 88th nationally (tied)
Turnover margin 2, 32nd nationally (tied)
First downs 16.0 per game, 94th nationally (tied)
Third down conversions 46.2 percent, 31st nationally
Red zone conversions 75 percent, 90th nationally (tied)

Again, here’s the most important statistic: 3-0, 2-0 in the SEC. The Tigers continue to win despite offensive ineptitude; that’s great, though it won’t last long. To be fair, L.S.U. has moved up the standings a bit since last week, especially in the red zone. However, remember that three drives that progressed into the red zone against Mississippi State ended in field goals.

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