LSU, November 5, Baton Rouge
Note to Les Miles. Playing Florida every season has never cost your team a division title. Never. Not a single time. You’d be better off lobbying to avoid Alabama because your real problem is the elephant in the room, not the alligator.
If you can’t beat the Tide this year, at home, maybe you can start a Far West Division with Texas A&M and a couple teams from Japan.
Despite all the whining from Red Stick, LSU has the talent to win the division. Leonard Fournette is the best runner in the unpaid world. The defense will be a little older, a little more gifted, and a whole lot more well-coached.
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New Defensive Coordinator Dave Aranda comes to Baton Rouge from Wisconsin, just in time to go back to Wisconsin to play the Badgers at Lambeau Field. By the time he faces Alabama, he should have a stingy unit.
LSU’s problem, as usual, is QB. And their QB problems are nothing like Alabama’s. The Tide trots a new one out there almost every year it seems, then proceeds to beat the hell out of you and then tracks down your family.
LSU, on the other hand, starts the same one for three years in a row and still manages to lose at least 3 games.
This year that trend stops. Everybody loses a game these days, especially in the SEC, and this might be the one for Alabama.
Prediction: LSU 23, Bama 20.