3. Louisiana State Tigers | Threat Level: High
The Tigers are one of the three teams that ESPN has Ole Miss losing to. LSU is still LSU, and will be a tough game no matter what. The Tigers return Leonard Fournette to a very talented team.
The Tigers #1 question is how will Brandon Harris play? If Harris can give the Tigers a decent season with no bad turnovers, the Tigers should go undefeated. But, if he continues to play like he has, LSU could end up in the lower half of the SEC West.
Ole Miss will be the first real test the Tigers will face, so I expect LSU to be undefeated when the Rebels return to Baton Rouge. Gameday will most likely be there, if all goes to plan.
The Tigers return 9 starters to the offense and 6 on defense.
At quarterback, LSU continues to struggle finding an elite arm. The Tigers will bring out Brandon Harris again, hoping for an improvement out of Harris.
Everyone knows who the running back is for the Tigers. Heisman forerunner Leonard Fournette returns for his junior, and most likely, final season at LSU. Fournette is a monster with the ball, but the Rebels found a way to stop him last season.
At wide receiver, the Tigers boast a talented corp of wideouts. Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre lead the receiving team. LSU has always been known for their impressive wide receivers, and this season will be no different.
Colin Jeter is the leader of the tight end group, Jeter led the team in receptions out of the tight ends.
Ethan Pocic is the lead returning offensive lineman. Pocic is an impressive lineman who has the size and speed to make it at the professional level.
On defense, Jamal Adams, Arden Key, Davon Godchaux, Tre’Davious White, and Kendell Beckwith return to the Tigers. An impressive load of talent on the defense, the Rebels could have some trouble scoring on the Tiger defense.
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