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2008 LSU Tigers College Football Predictions

2008 LSU Tigers College Football Predictions Courtesy of Alex Smart, An Expert College Football Handicapper featured on If you are betting college football this year, be sure to buy Alex’s college football picks each week and guarantee a winning season!!

LSU Tigers (12-2, 6-2 in 2007, 1st place in SEC West)
The defending National Champions were delivered a huge blow in their quest to repeat as BCS Champs in the offseason when QB Ryan Perrilloux was kicked off the team. Twelve starters return from last year’s team that survived a two-loss season, but there’s still plenty of talent on the field for the Bayou Bengals that could have them sniffing around for another run at the BCS in ’08.

Offensive Outlook: The quarterback position is still very much up in the air for the Tigers. Expect to see as many as four different players take snaps this season. Whoever it is under center will have a plethora of running backs to choose from that are all potential game-breakers. Keiland Williams, Charles Scott, and speedster Trindon Holliday are all amazing running backs with the ability to change a game when they touch the football. The top receivers are still intact, including Demetrius Byrd and Brandon LaFell. Four starters return on the offensive line, all of which are considered potential NFL prospects. The best of the bunch is senior LG Herman Johnson, who will likely be a first-day draft selection next year.

Defensive Outlook: Replacing Glenn Dorsey is going to prove nearly impossible, but the Tigers found ways to plug up holes when their stud defensive tackle was out of the lineup last season. Ricky Jean-Francois will do the honors filling in for Dorsey, but DE Tyson Jackson should help the transition. The secondary will be the biggest question mark, as the team will rely on three youngsters to fill holes. Freshman Patrick Johnson and sophomore Jai Eugene will be the starting corners, while sophomore Chad Jones is touted as the next in a long line of quality safeties to come out of LSU.

2008 Preview: For an SEC schedule, this isn’t so bad. The Tigers do have games in Auburn and in Florida to contend with, but they draw Georgia and Alabama at home, and don’t have Tennessee on their schedule. Their non-conference schedule is littered with cupcakes, including Troy, North Texas, Tulane, and Appalachian State, who likely won’t be pulling off another monumental upset again this season. If they can knock off Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium, there’s nothing stopping the Tigers from repeating as SEC West champs.

2008 will be a success if… the youngsters in the secondary can step in and keep the LSU defense dominant. The offense is going to be very vanilla with no experience at the quarterback position, so HC Les Miles is going to lean on his defense to win games. Johnson, Eugene, and Jones will have the weight of the world on their shoulders from the outset of the season, and will be tested against the spread attacks of Florida and Auburn in their two biggest games of the season.

With Perrilloux, LSU was head and shoulders above everyone in the SEC West. Without him, they’re still in the top-two, but their chances of repeating as National Champions look bleak.

Prediction: 9-3, 2nd place in SEC West

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