Preseason Top 25: Number 9 LSU Tigers


 

Preseason Top 25 Countdown:

 

25- Northwestern Wildcats

24- TCU Horned Frogs

23- Oregon State Beavers

22- UCLA Bruins

21- Nebraska Cornhuskers

20- Wisconsin Badgers

19- Texas Longhorns

18- Kansas State Wildcats

17- Boise State Broncos

16- Notre Dame Fighting Irish

15- Michigan Wolverines

14- Oklahoma State Cowboys

13- Oklahoma Sooners

12- Florida Gators

11- Florida State Seminoles

10- Louisville Cardinals

 

9- LSU Tigers

Coach: Les Miles

2012 Record: Overall 10-3   SEC 6-2

 

LSU enters the 2013 season with some anxiety. The Tigers have not won a BCS Championship since 2007, and Alabama is not the only team they have to contend with in the SEC West. Texas A&M has emerged as a powerhouse, which puts LSU in a win now situation.

The Tiger defense is in full rebuilding mode with only three returning starters from the 2012 squad. LSU will need young players like defensive lineman Anthony Johnson will have to play big for success in Baton Rouge.

The Offense is loaded with returning starters. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is back for his second season leading the huddle, and wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Kadron Boone should be two of his favorite targets. Several offensive lineman also return to opens holes for whomever wins the starting job at running back.

2013 Outlook: LSU has been a college football monster for a decade now. While they are still a top ten team, they seem to be losing ground to Alabama and Texas A&M is breathing down their necks. LSU’s inexperienced defense will hurt them in 2013. It’s hard to imagine them winning the West division of the SEC, but will still be a BCS Bowl contender.

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