The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the LSU Tigers.
No. 11: LSU Tigers
Spring Practice Starts: March 11
Spring Game: April 21
LSU Tigers Spring Status
LSU was fine.
There might have been a few rough patches early in a blowout loss to Mississippi State and the home loss to Troy – a really, really good Troy – but the team was solid the rest of the way.
That’s fine. LSU is supposed to be better than fine.
Ed Orgeron came up with a strong recruiting class, including getting Steve Ensminger as the new offensive coordinator to open things up a bit, and as always, LSU has enough good athletes to win and win big.
The receiving corps needs help, the passing game has to come up with the right quarterback, and there isn’t another Leonard Fournette or Derrius Guice at running back.
The secondary has to undergo an overhaul, and the line needs some help, but again, it’s LSU – the D will be just fine.
LSU will be just fine.
LSU Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Cornerback. Let’s just assume the quarterback gig is Myles Brennan’s to lose, and if he does, it means Lowell Narcisse is fantastic. Losing all of the top receivers is a problem, and finding more pass rushers would be nice, but having to replace the lightning fast Donte Jackson at one corner, and Kevin Toliver at the other, will be tough.
Andraez Williams got in his share of work on one side, but Jontre Kirklin and the others are green. Even for LSU, there’s a concern – albeit a slight one – in the defensive backfield.
LSU Biggest Issue
Scoring when it has the chance. The Tigers averaged 27 points per game, and it didn’t have much of a problem moving the ball – this was hardly a slow and stodgy team – but it was mediocre in the red zone, scoring a mere 77% of the time. It missed on two chances inside the 20 in the three point loss to Troy, and whiffed on two other opportunities in the four point loss to Notre Dame.
LSU Biggest Positive
The linebacking corps should be great. Start with Devin White and go from there. The 133-tackle breakout star of the LSU D will be the rock, and even without Arden Key, there are plenty of potential playmakers in the backfield. K’Lavon Chaisson is a nice place to start.
Really, Why Are The LSU Tigers Ranked Here?
The recruiting class really will help the cause. Having Dave Aranda around again as the defensive coordinator is a big deal, and Ensminger was a good get.
There’s some retooling to do, and there might be too many missing parts to think this is the year LSU takes over the West again, but a ten-win season is an easy expectation.