5 bold predictions for the LSU football season

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January 10, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detail view of the College Playoff Trophy during Media Day for the College Football Playoff National Championship at Dallas Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

College Football Playoff aspirations would be a little extreme for most teams coming off an 8-5 season. Not for LSU.

The Tigers return eight starters on each side of the ball. It could also be argued that they are improved at every position on the football field, despite early departures to the NFL.

Of equal importance, though, their biggest competition in the SEC West is facing serious question marks heading into the season.

Both Auburn and Alabama are being projected to finish at the top of the SEC standings. However, both teams are also fielding first-year starters at quarterback. While Jeremy Johnson and Jacob Coker have received high praise, we have yet to see what they can do on the football field.

Both teams are also facing concerns in the secondary, one of the easiest areas for an opponent to exploit. This could open up the door for LSU to reach the conference title game if they are able to find an answer at the quarterback position, as everywhere else on the roster appears rock solid.

An SEC Championship all but assures a trip to the College Football Playoff. Regardless of conversations of whether or not the SEC is declining, one cannot deny that it is the strongest conference in college football. It only makes sense for the winner to have a shot at the national championship, something that is all but certain to occur.

If the LSU football team finds a reliable quarterback that does not cost them games, they could easily emerge as a favorite to win the SEC. If so, they will find themselves in the heart of the College Football Playoff race as the season winds down.

Next: LSU football positional breakdown for the 2015 season

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