2017 Football Preview – SEC- Tigers
Looking for 2017 LSU Tigers predictions? The Tigers are hoping that they have found the right coach to move the team forward from recent bouts of relative mediocrity. Playing in the same division as Alabama they have constant reminders of where the program could be.
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- Head Coach: Ed Orgeron
- 2015 Record: 8-4
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A coach might make a difference but not as much as a functional quarterback. They still might not have one.
2017 LSU Tigers Predictions: Team Strengths
Raw Material: The reason the Tigers are under so much scrutiny is that despite their struggles they get great recruits – they were ranked 7th nationally this season.
The defense only returns 5 starters but there is little doubt that there are some future pros that are about to be discovered.
They recruited two quarterbacks this offseason, a runner and a thrower. The ceiling of the team could be determined by how ready either of these two may be to take the reigns.
In Baton Rouge it is never a matter of talent but of maximizing it. That will be coach O’s greatest challenge.
DB U: The Tigers like to pride themselves as being DB U and it is hard to dispute given the way they crank out NFL draft picks.
This year’s unit has three returning starters at three positions and recruited the top safety prospect in the nation – who might not even start.
The Tigers gave up less than 200ypg in the air last season and you can count on similarly awesome production this season as well.
2017 LSU Tigers Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Quarterback?: The quarterback situation at LSU makes no sense really. With all of their resources and history somehow they have become dependent on a transfer from Purdue.
It is really not Danny Etling’s fault, anyone in his shoes would have jumped at the opportunity, he is simply not good enough to lead this team against the likes of Alabama and other elites.
If they decide to go away from him that will mean trusting a freshman or two. Frosh are more ready than ever but that is still a tall order at a place like LSU.
Even though I am confident about the talent level experience still counts for something.
On defense they will be starting 3 new linebackers, two of which are sophomores. Excellent athletic ability might cover some mistakes but this group is going to have to play well quickly for the defense to be elite.
I like Ed Orgeron a lot but this is a big responsibility in terms of being handed the keys to LSU. Last year was a midseason callup if you will but is he really going to be a difference maker as the more traditional coach/CEO?
LSU Tigers Prediction: 8-4
I might be low balling LSU here but until they get a good QB I am not confident about their ceiling.
I think their opener against BYU will be interesting. The Cougars are not going to given them an inch and if the Tigers lose the team could be in disarray.
Trips to Alabama and Florida look like losses making a home date against the other Tigers a must win if they want to have a really good season.
I am just not seeing a ton of improvement that will impact their won-loss this season.
2017 LSU Tigers Football Schedule
- 9/2/17 9:30 PM ET @BYU
- 9/9/17 TBD CHAT
- 9/16/17 7:00 PM ET @MSST
- 9/23/17 TBD SYR
- 9/30/17 TBD TROY
- 10/7/17 TBD @FLA
- 10/14/17 TBD AUB
- 10/21/17 TBD @MISS
- 11/4/17 TBD @ALA
- 11/11/17 TBD ARK
- 11/18/17 TBD @TENN
- 11/25/17 TBD TAM
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