Some Fans And Experts Predict a Down Year For the Tigers.
Some LSU fans, as well as some "experts," believe that they have a more realistic vision of LSU's chances for the 2010 season. These fans and experts point out that LSU has lost powerhouse running backs, Charles Scott and Keiland Williams. They point out that LSU has no more than one lineman on either side of the ball with more than a full season as a starter. They look at LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and wonder if he has any chance of becoming a true leader. And so LSU has been picked to finish 4th. Not 4th in the nation, not even 4th in the SEC but, 4th out of the 6 teams in the SEC West division. And even more insulting, it is widely being reported that LSU head coach Les Miles is on the hot seat. Imagine that! Les Miles, the LSU coach that in only five years has never had a losing or even break even season. In fact, the LSU fans and experts know very well that Les Miles' worst season at LSU was two years ago; an 8-5 season that ended with a major 38-3 thumping of Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. (Noteworthy: That was only Jordan Jefferson's second start, ever, and he was a true freshman.) I have heard one dire prediction for this year that LSU will lose 4 or 5 games of the first 6 (depending on how good Vandy and Miss. St. are this year) and that coach Miles will likely be fired before the end of this season. Not so fast my friend! I don't think so! and here are the reasons why:
LSU will have a much better Offensive Line this year and very well may be better on both sides of the line.
Mark my words. I know they are gambling words that I may have to eat but, hear me out. Let's face it, last year's defensive line only had a few seconds of highlight material and the offensive line that prior to the 2009 season coach Miles called "maybe the best offensive line he had ever coached at LSU," was horrid. When you have those kinds of standards set to improve upon, you do not have to do a whole lot to be "much improved" but, my predictions for the LSU lines are much more than just: "doing better than last year." True LSU fans will remember Russell Shepard's 69-yard touchdown run against Auburn last year and will also recall Charles Scott's 33-yard scamper that end up as the winning touchdown against Georgia last year. Here is a refresher video of Shepard's run. Watch every second of that video. It will help you see my point that follows.
The main reason LSU is going to win, win, win and keep winning this year is because nobody thinks they can. Nothing motivates real winners more than being told that they don't measure up. Fourth out of Six teams in the SEC West?! Les Miles on the hot seat?! Last year LSU always seemed to have a lull or a gaff in each game. This year LSU will focus and play hard for 60minute each and every game.