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LSU's Miles "Likes Our Chances" in 2013

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LSU finished 10-3 last season, including a one-point loss to Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

But this year's Bayou Bengals will look drastically different from 2012, with several players taken in the NFL Draft.

A last minute, 28-yard T.J. Yeldon touchdown is what kept LSU from beating Alabama and advancing to the SEC title game last season.

The Tigers also lost several players in the 2013 draft, including ten underclassman.

"We have some holes to fill," LSU head coach Les Miles said.  "We have guys in position to do so.  I look forward to the underclassman that will arrive in June. I like our chances."

Many of those holes are on defense.  To fill the void, Miles will look for his offense to step it up, in particular quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Miles made a splash in hiring former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to direct the offense.

"Real confidence with the ability to throw the football," Miles said.  "The quarterbacks are being groomed to throw it better, mechanics, thought process.   Coach Cameron has a real effect on."

Miles insisted that LSU will still run the football in a balanced attack, as the Tigers look for a BCS title this year, and hopes of being one of four teams in the college football playoff in 2014.

"Four teams, certainly everyone is fighting to be one of those," Miles said.  "The country, the fans asked for it. I'm absolutely for it now."

LSU opens the season August 31 against TCU in the Cowboys Classic.

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