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3. PERIFERAL PERRIL: LSU has had to contend with off-the-field distractions, though that is nothing new. There was Jordan Jefferson’s bar fight in 2011 and former Heisman candidate Tyrann Mathieu’s dismissal for failed drug tests last season. This summer’s off-the-field drama involved Hill, last year’s top rusher, who was caught on video punching a man outside a bar. After a judge decided that Hill’s second misdemeanor plea in two years did not merit revoking the player’s probation, Miles allowed him back on the team and has declined to say whether he’ll sit Hill for any games.
4. BLUE’S BACK: Blue was LSU’s No. 1 running back in 2012 until he blew out his knee in Week 3, after which Hill emerged as the Tigers’ top rusher. Now Blue is back, apparently in excellent shape, and poised for his best season yet.
5. TOUGH SLATE: If being in the same division of the SEC as Alabama and Texas A&M, as well as improving Mississippi and Mississippi State, wasn’t tough enough, LSU also must play two of the top teams in the SEC East: Georgia (on the road) and Florida (at home).