It seems that LSU is flying very under the radar this season. The Tigers are having to replace their starting QB, RB and top two WR. No program has lost more underclassmen to the NFL in the past few years than LSU. But Les Miles is a good coach and they recruit well.
The Tigers have a bye week before Alabama and Texas A&M. They do have their annual tilt with the Gators, but they miss South Carolina and Georgia out of the East unlike the last two years and get Kentucky instead.
Maybe the Mississippi schools make some noise this year, but I’ll belive it when I see it.
The Tigers from the Buyou have have a game with the Tigers from the Plains in Auburn on October 4. But Auburn’s schedlue is considerably more difficult. LSU gets the Mississippi schools and Alabama at home; Auburn gets them on the road, and Auburn has road games at Georgia and at Alabama.
Alabama isn’t invincible like they have been in recent years. If this QB Jacob Coker doesn’t perform well, then they don’t have a capable player to play that position. And I know you are thinking “Alabama plays good defense and runs the ball well, they will be OK.” In the SEC, no matter how good you are, you have got to have your quarterback win you a game here or there. A.J. McCarron certainly did.
The only team in the SEC that doesn’t have big question marks is Auburn, but I thinkt their schedule doesn’t set up well for them, and there is no way they are going to get lucky again. So the SEC West is wide open, and I think the division winner will come down to the Alabama-LSU game in Baton Rouge on November 8.