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Predicting the 2015 SEC Football Season: LSU Tigers

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With less than three weeks until the college football season begins, it's never too early to look at the 2015 football schedules and make wild blind predictions.

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Some of you have been waiting for this one. Seventh installment in the series takes us to Red Stick, Looziana:

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Coach: Les Miles (103-29 in ten seasons at LSU; 56-24 in SEC)
2014 record: 8-5 (4-4 in SEC, 5th in West Division)
CB969 2014 Prediction: 8-4 "LSU is talented but very young. There may be some growing pains this season.."

Look back: It is no scoop to report that the Bayou Bengals struggled mightily at the QB position in 2014. The defense was strong as always but it could not save them from losses to the SEC West's Bama, Auburn, MSU, and Arkansas. With one foot out the door to College Station, defensive coordinator John Chavis mailed it in for the Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame leaving a wretched taste in the mouths of Tigers players and fans alike.

Key losses: DC John Chavis (TAMU), OT La'el Collins (Cowboys UFA), CB Jalen Collins (Round 2, Falcons), DE Danielle Hunter (Round 3, Vikings), OLB Kwon Alexander (Round 4, Buccaneers), RB Kenny Hilliard (Round 7, Texans), RB Terrence Magee (Ravens UFA), SS Ronald Martin (Seahawks UFA), FB Connor Neighbors.
Returning starters: 8 on offense, 6 on defense, kicker and punter.
Top returnees:
RB Leonard Fournette, OG Vadal Alexander,  FS Jalen Mills,  MLB Kendell Beckwith,  WR Travin Dural,  OG Ethan Pocic,  DT Davon Godchaux,  P Jamie Keehn.
Top newcomers:
CB Kevin Toliver (Jacksonville, FL), DE Arden Key (Atlanta, GA), OT Chidi Valentine-Okeke (Ludowici, GA), WR Tyron Johnson (New Orleans, LA), RB Derrius Guice (Baton Rouge, LA), DL Coach Ed Orgeron!

Strengths: Fournette, the first two months of the schedule, defense, WRs, punting.
Weaknesses: QBs Anthony Jennings & Brandon Harris, if the defense lacks anywhere it might be edge rush, a brutal November schedule, kicking.

Outlook: LSU returns some great talent on offense except that key spot of QB... They are also filling holes at left tackle and center... The placekicking game has been an adventure but Australian Jamie Keehn was ninth in the nation in punting... Defense is pretty solid but can new DC Kevin Steele keep this defense together?... The Tigers should be a CFBP contender but for lack of that field general to lead them. Ya think Miles is regretting not going after Everett Golson a little more aggressively? Discuss.

2015 Schedule:
Sept. 5 McNeese State - W
Sept. 12 at Mississippi State - W
Sept. 19 Auburn - L - This could go either way.
Sept. 26 at Syracuse - W - Not exactly sure why LSU agreed to this game. Anyone?
Oct. 3 Eastern Michigan - W
Oct. 10 at South Carolina - W
Oct. 17 Florida - W
Oct. 24 Western Kentucky - W
Oct. 31 off week
Nov. 5 at Alabama - L - This should be a tight game between two similar teams.
Nov. 14 Arkansas - W - Deaf Valley at night, y'all. It's majuckal!
Nov. 21 at Ole Miss - L - This is probably a pick 'em. Lean towards the home team.
Nov. 28 Texas A&M - W - This should be interesting.

Let's go Bowling! Yup, probably somewhere in Florida with a shot at New Orleans.

This Tigers team could go undefeated (FLAGGED!) or they could go 8-4. Having Aubie and Arky at home helps. Weak non-con and lower tier SEC East opponents should ensure a winning season.

* Fun Fact: LSU and Syracuse have only met twice all-time with each team winning once. The Tigers took the Sugar Bowl in the 1964 season 13-10. The Orange got "revenge" in the Hall of Fame Bowl of the 1988 season by the score of 23-10.

★ UPDATE: DB Jalen Mills (fibula) reportedly out 4-6 weeks.

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Other previews:

  • Aggieland
  • SOOIE, PIG! (may have to edit this one after the announcement that RB Jonathan Williams is out for the season)
  • "That Throw-Up Orange"
  • UGA Dawgs
  • Missy State Clanga-Clangs
  • Ole Miss Rebel Ackbar Black Bears

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