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Championship Odds: +2500
Purpose to Purchase: Been there, completed that
For many groups, “Should End Forward of Alabama” could be a tough cease to any championship discussions. However in two of the previous 10 seasons, LSU defeated Alabama throughout the common season and went on to play within the nationwide title sport.
Granted, other than head coach Ed Orgeron and cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., nearly each key piece of this roster and training workers has modified since that almost all just lately occurred two seasons in the past. However there’s one thing to be mentioned for having been there earlier than.
And for as disappointing as final yr’s 5-5 marketing campaign was, the Tigers are getting again the overwhelming majority of what was a potent offense. All 5 starters alongside the offensive line return, which is all the time a pleasant perk. The Myles Brennan vs. Max Johnson battle at quarterback may have Heisman implications, significantly if phenom tight finish Arik Gilbert in the end decides to return to Baton Rouge.
And although the operating sport was dreadful in 2020, John Emery Jr. and Tyrion Davis-Value have been extremely touted recruits from the 2019 class who may each escape in a giant manner this yr.
Purpose to Promote: Should overhaul one of many worst defenses within the nation
As phenomenal as LSU’s offense was whereas successful the nationwide championship two years in the past, its protection was virtually that atrocious final yr. The Tigers ranked lifeless final within the nation in passing yards allowed per sport (323.0). And it is not like they have been a lot better towards the run, permitting practically 5 yards per carry.
Suffice it to say, that lone season with Bo Pelini because the defensive coordinator was not good, and so they should enhance drastically as a way to have any hope of successful the loaded SEC West.
The excellent news is that new DC Daronte Jones was a defensive backs coach within the NFL (Dolphins, Bengals and Vikings) over the previous 5 seasons. He was additionally the DB coach at Wisconsin in 2015, when the Badgers restricted opponents to a 49.1 completion share and simply seven passing touchdowns in all the season.
Pairing him with expertise like Stingley, Elias Ricks and Cordale Flott may produce these required drastic enhancements. Nonetheless, merely transitioning from “terrible” to “common” in a single season shall be a problem.
LSU ought to enhance significantly from final season however most likely not sufficient to win one other title. The Tigers could have highway video games towards Alabama, Kentucky and Ole Miss along with residence video games towards Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M.
They have to win not less than 5 of these six video games simply to have a case for CFP inclusion. It may occur. Change the Kentucky sport with a Vanderbilt sport, and it occurred two years in the past. However there’s simply no manner this workforce needs to be tied for the sixth-best odds of successful all of it.