LSU head coach Brian Kelly made a statement after his team’s narrow win over Auburn on Saturday night that will be challenged by the Tennessee Vols next weekend.

After beating Auburn, Kelly told reporters that he feels like his team’s conditioning has been better than LSU’s opponents so far this season.

“I’ve felt that the conditioning of our football team has been better than our opponents this year,” said Kelly. “That will continue to be challenged as we move through the month. But I thought as the game went on, it was pretty clear that we were able to exert our will physically and control the line of scrimmage.”

There’s no doubt that LSU’s conditioning has improved under Kelly. He’s brought a much more disciplined approach to the program since taking over for Ed Orgeron last winter.

However, LSU hasn’t faced an opponent this season that plays as fast as the Vols.

Tennessee’s tempo is as fast as any program in the nation. The Vols waste no time between plays. UT is running a play about every 12 seconds, which Pittsburgh’s coaching staff discovered is about four seconds faster than they ran plays in 2021.

Because of that tempo, opponents don’t get many chances to substitute.

In other words, Kelly will find out how good his team’s conditioning really is this upcoming Saturday afternoon when Tennessee visits Baton Rouge.

The Vols’ relentless approach on offense could prove to be too much for LSU — even if their conditioning is better than it was a year ago.

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