2014 SEC West Prediction: 5th Place LSU


Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; LSU Tiger head football coach Les Miles talks with director Spike Lee before the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

March is finally here, and spring practice for most schools is just around the corner. So why not go ahead and predict what each football team will do in 2014? It’s early obviously, and these predictions might change depending on any injuries, suspensions, or dismissals. Up next is 5th place, the LSU Tigers.

LSU had an unprecedented year offensively in 2013. The problem? Their defense had an unprecedentedly pedestrian year for the Bayou Bengals. They still had a good season, but it wasn’t the type of season that Tigers’ fans enjoy. They lose some major offensive contributors, like Zach Mettenberg, Odell Beckham, and Jeremy Hill. Will that amount of offensive production hurt the Tigers’ season? Let’s take a look at the schedule.

The Schedule

LSU 2014 Schedule
SaturdayWisconsin Badgers1
Aug. 30Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
SaturdaySam Houston State Bearkats2
Sept. 6Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
SaturdayULM Warhawks3
Sept. 13Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
SaturdayMississippi State Bulldogs4
Sept. 20Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
SaturdayNew Mexico State Aggies5
Sept. 27Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Saturdayat Auburn Tigers1
Oct. 4Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
Saturdayat Florida Gators2
Oct. 11Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
SaturdayKentucky Wildcats6
Oct. 18Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
SaturdayOle Miss Rebels (HC)3
Oct. 25Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
SaturdayOpen Date
Nov. 1
SaturdayAlabama Crimson Tide4
Nov. 8Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Saturdayat Arkansas Razorbacks7
Nov. 15D.W.R. Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
SaturdayOpen Date
Nov. 22
Thursdayat Texas A&M Aggies8
Nov. 27Kyle Field, College Station, TX

2014 isn’t going to be a bad year for LSU, but I don’t think it is going to be a good year either. 8 wins will make most fan bases happy, but not the LSU fans. They will get off to a good start, but once they get into the teeth of their schedule, it will get a lot more intense for the Bayou Bengals. LSU could surprise me. They could easily pull their game against Ole Miss out, but on the flip side, I could see us going down to Baton Rouge in game #4 and beating them. The Texas A&M game at the end of the year could also go either way. In the end, I think there are just going to be too many growing pains on the offensive side of the ball for the this team to compete for the SEC West title.