2008 CFB Rankings: No. 8 LSU Tigers


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2008 CFB Rankings: No. 8 LSU Tigers

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Speedy junior Keiland Williams leads a dangerous LSU rushing attack.

The Good News: That old lady who asked, "Where's the beef?" obviously wasn't an LSU fan. The people down in Norman can argue but LSU probably has the best offensive and defensive lines in the country. In my opinion, there is no doubt about the offensive line. Just ask Ohio State how good this unit is, as the stout Buckeyes defense was pushed around all over the field by the Tiger's big-uglies in last year's National Championship Game. Four starters return this season, including three big-time NFL prospects. There are plenty of talented running backs to run behind the nation's best line. Speedster Keiland Williams will be the main guy but Charles Scott, Richard Murphy and Trindon Holliday will be factors as well. Not too many teams can lose the likes of Glenn Dorsey and not skip a beat. LSU is one of those teams. Despite losing their best defensive player, the Tigers defensive line is loaded. Tyson Jackson, Ricky Jean-Francois, Kirston Pittman and Charles Alexander spearhead a defensive front that will have quarterbacks running for their lives all season long. The receivers aren't household names yet but Brandon Fell and Demetrius Byrd both have a ton of potential.

The Bad News: Quarterback. Everyone knows by now that talented Ryan Perrilloux has been kicked off the team, severely hurting the Tigers chances to repeat as National Champions. Freshman Jarrett Lee and junior Andrew Hatch will battle to lead LSU's offense this fall but neither option is a known quantity at this point. If the Tigers can square away its quarterback issues - a big if - they will be as good as any team in the country. On defense, the secondary needs to be rebuilt after losing three starters to the NFL. There's a good chance that the Tigers will be starting two sophomores in the secondary but with the talent up front, it should help mask any inconsistency in that area.

Schedule: This is a pretty good schedule to work with, especially for a team breaking in a new quarterback. The Tigers kick off the season against Division I-AA champions Appalachian State. And while that makes for a great story, the Tigers will be too much for the Mountaineers to handle. After two more glorified scrimmages at home, LSU hits the road to take on a very dangerous Auburn team. Then it's back home for Mississippi State before heading on a two-game road trip against Florida and South Carolina. You can bet the Gators will be looking for payback in the Swamp. Four of the Tigers last five games are at home, although one of those is against mighty Georgia. The SEC slate is tough but you can't complain about a schedule that features just four games away from home.

Gambling Angle: While LSU is still a very talented team, it probably won't be a wise decision to lay a lot of points with them early on with their current quarterback situation. LSU will be huge favorites against Appalachian State, Troy and North Texas early in the year, which could represent good fade material. I feel that Florida is going to roll the Tigers this season. The new LSU quarterback will be making just his second road start at the Swamp and one would think the Gators are foaming at the mouth to send a message against the reigning SEC and National Champions. Late in the year LSU could be a solid moneymaker, especially if they struggle early and the lines are favorable. Bottom line: LSU will be a much more dangerous team later in the season once the new quarterback has a few games under his belt.

Outlook: I hate picking a team with an unknown quarterback this high but LSU still has a ton of talent all over the place and the schedule is manageable. It's a shame Perrilloux couldn't stay out of trouble or this would have been a scary team once again this season. Either way, with the best offensive line in college football and a dominant defensive front, LSU will once again be in the mix for a BCS bowl game.

Projection: 9-3

  • lsu are beasts but he only team that can stop them is probably texas tech

  • Agreed TR. Bayou Bengals RELOAD in Baton Rouge. I just LOVE  saying "Baton Rouge" LOL!