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Fournette A Beast, But Can The Rest Of LSU Keep up?

As hard as it may be to believe for some, the LSU Tigers have not played in the national championship game since 2011 and have not won the top prize since 2007. With a strong contingent of LSU faithful losing confidence in coach Les Miles, this may be the long-tenured coach’s last shot to prove he can lead this team to the promised land.

2016 National Championship Odds

LSU has the second-best odds to win the national championship with their +750 only behind Alabama.

Though hopes are high, making the college football playoffs will not be a walk in the park. No team has made the semifinals with more than one loss to their name – which is a feat LSU has not accomplished since 2011.

Luckily, the Tigers have a very manageable schedule this season. The two biggest games come in back-to-back weeks when LSU takes on Ole Miss and Alabama, but both of those games happen in Death Valley. There are not many road games that seem too daunting, though a season finale at Texas A&M may have some huge stakes.

SEC Championship Odds

Once again LSU finds themselves right behind Alabama in the odds, as the Tigers only trail the Tide in SEC championship odds. In order to make it out of the SEC West and into the conference championship game, LSU will be facing a murderers row of teams.

The biggest question mark that LSU must answer in order to win the SEC is their passing game. No doubt Leonard Fournette is going to be fantastic once again, but the passing needs to be at least competent. LSU brought in receiving coach Dameyune Craig to hopefully revitalize a passing attack that ranked 105th in the nation last year.

Season Win Total

LSU’s season win total of 9.5 (-155/+125) is one of the hardest to predict ahead of the season. LSU finished the last two years with fewer than nine wins, but most expect the team to make progress this season. If you do take the OVER, you are banking on a few players reaching their potential, which is very possible.

Playing in a difficult SEC West means there are plenty of trap games for LSU to drop this season – I’m looking at you, Arkansas – but there are likely six games you can chalk up as wins right now.

Most Important Player: Leonard Fournette

Fournette had the greatest rushing season in LSU history last year when he rushed for 1953 yards and 22 touchdowns. All of that despite playing against defenses solely focused on stopping him due to the lack of passing attack.

Fournette will have plenty of defenses he should feast on – LSU plays four teams with rushing defenses ranked 90th or worse last season – but also takes on three rushing defenses that were top 15 last year.

2016 LSU Tigers Futures Odds
2016 National Championship+750
SEC Championship+375
Win Total9.5

Odds as of August 10 at Bovada