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Is LSU Improving Under Brian Kelly?

On a macro level, that’s true of the season as the Tigers continue their rise up the polls and enter the bye week atop the standings of college football’s most competitive division.

On a micro level, that’s true of the games themselves, too, as LSU’s slow starts keep giving way to solid finishes mostly on both sides of the ball.

Offensively, LSU’s ability to get better as the game goes along is uncanny. This is a breakdown of the Tigers’ offensive ranking by the quarter among 65 Power 5 teams. The metric used here is +EPA%, which is the percentage of plays that increase the offense’s expected points. A positive EPA is a good result for the offense; a negative EPA is good for the defense.

(In this case, the ranking is not the metric itself, but the explanation above is for clarity).

LSU Offense Ranking, By Quarter, Power 5 Teams

1st Quarter: 37th

2nd Quarter: 19th

3rd Quarter: 7th