1. LSU WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
As is the case with just about everyone in the SEC West, it’s possible to be among the nation’s best teams and still struggle to get to ten regular season wins.
As opposed to last season when head coach Ed Orgeron was on every preseason hot seat list, and when there was so much uncertainty, this time around there’s more experience, bigger expectations, and a whole lot to get fired up about.
The quarterback pecking order and situation is as good as it’s been in years. Joe Burrow is settled in, there’s talent galore at running back and receiver, and four starters are back up front.
There’s no Devin White or Greedy Williams on defense, but the secondary is going to be among the nation’s best, the linebackers are potentially devastating depending on where the parts fit, and the line should be stronger as long as everyone gets and stays healthy.
But again, it’s the SEC West, so …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 9
LSU is good enough to beat anyone and everyone on the schedule, but it has to go on the road to deal with Texas, Mississippi State and Alabama.
Getting Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M at home is fine, but it has to win all three of those to realistically be in the SEC and College Football title chases, and that’s not going to happen.
Judge LSU on a bit of a curve. Nine wins is about right, ten would be amazing, and eight or fewer would be a missed opportunity.