Game-By-Game Predictions for LSU's 2014 Season
With all the SEC West talk focused around Alabama and Auburn as the potential winners, and Ole Miss and Mississippi State perhaps playing the spoiler role, there isn't a ton of hype surrounding this LSU team.
That may not be such a bad thing for five-star running back Leonard Fournette and company as the Tigers embark on a new season filled with several big question marks.
The most significant of those questions is at the quarterback position, where either Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris will be asked to replace Zach Mettenberger under center. Mettenberger emerged last season under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and LSU is hoping to see the same results from the player that eventually wins the starting job this year.
Of course, Jennings or Harris will also have to deal with finding a new playmaker at receiver, as the Tigers' top two receiving threats (Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.) are both gone.
These concerns could make for an interesting year in Baton Rouge, but will LSU still be able to keep pace with Alabama and Auburn in the West?
Let's run through the schedule and predict how things will play out for the Tigers this season.
8/30/14 - vs. Wisconsin (WIN)
This game will be played on a neutral field in Houston, but there's no doubt that LSU fans will swarm NRG Stadium and take it over. The offense will still be working out the kinks, so it'll be up to the defense to take control in this one. They do, and LSU earns a season-opening victory.
9/6/14 - vs. Sam Houston State (WIN)
The Bearkats shouldn't pose much of a threat to the much more talented Tigers, and again, this will give the offense a chance to continue building its chemistry.
9/13/14 - vs. Louisiana Monroe (WIN)
Shouldn't be too much to see here, as LSU will start to find its groove a little bit after blowing out Sam Houston State the week before.
9/20/14 - vs. Mississippi State (LOSS)
Unfortunately, that groove won't last very long. The Bulldogs have a chance to be the surprise of the SEC next season, and not just in terms of beating a team or two that they shouldn't. They could definitely factor into the SEC West title race, and this monumental victory in Baton Rouge will be a huge leap forward for Dan Mullen's team.
9/27/14 - vs. New Mexico State (WIN)
LSU still won't be back to itself after the disappointing loss, but it'll obviously have enough to make quick work of the Aggies.
10/4/14 - at Auburn (LOSS)
Will LSU start 0-2 in the SEC? Probably so, because I just can't see it going into the Plains and coming out with a win. Auburn's offense could be even more dangerous this year, and that's a pretty scary thought.
10/11/14 - at Florida (LOSS)
If Tiger fans thought things were bad at 0-2, welcome to 0-3. It simply doesn't feel right to think that a Miles-led LSU team could be 0-3 in SEC play, but the schedule doesn't do it any favors. The Gators find a way to win this one in the Swamp.
10/18/14 - vs. Kentucky (WIN)
Well, there's certainly not a better team to see on your schedule when you're still winless in the conference. LSU gets Kentucky at the right time and complete domination follows.
10/25/14 - vs. Ole Miss (WIN)
Ole Miss is another team that is set to make some major noise in the SEC, but the Tigers have the revenge factor on their side. LSU had no business losing in Oxford a year ago, and it will make up for that here.
11/8/14 - vs. Alabama (LOSS)
There's a part of me that thinks that the Tigers will rise to the occasion in prime time and knock off the Crimson Tide. But despite both teams having their issue at quarterback, Alabama is further along overall. Nick Saban's squad wins a tight one.
11/15/14 - at Arkansas (WIN)
This was actually a pretty good game in 2013, and this series in general is usually rather competitive. Arkansas will still be trying to find consistency at this point. LSU wins a game that is closer than most expect it to be.
11/27/14 - at Texas A&M (WIN)
After an 0-3 start in the conference, LSU rebounds nicely for a 4-4 record in SEC play. That's not great by LSU standards, but rebuilding happens every once in a while. This will be one of those years, but eight wins isn't all that terrible.
LSU 2014 Projected Record: 8-4 (4-4)
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