CFP Contenders in the SEC: Where does LSU football rank?

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Oct 25, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) carries the ball past Mississippi Rebels defensive back Senquez Golson (21) in the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi 10-7. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

4. LSU

Coming into the 2015 season, the LSU football team has talent on both sides of the ball. However, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered in the affirmative for the Tigers to have success and make it into the College Football Playoff.

The first and foremost, the most important question on the roster is who is going to start at quarterback for the Tigers. Junior quarterback and last year’s starter Anthony Jennings was likely favored to be the starter entering the summer, but recent legal issues and a subsequent suspension has led many to believe that Harris will take the reigns of the offense in 2015.

Harris has been gaining momentum, something that his teammates have noticed, and he could very well be LSU’s best option at the position. Jennings’ numbers in 2014 were not impressive, only completing 48.9 percent of his passes and throwing for 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. LSU quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron has had success grooming signal callers in the past, though, with the tremendous senior campaign of Zach Mettenberger being a perfect example.

With a wealth of talent at wide receiver, whoever the starter is will have a full arsenal of weapons to work with and it is up to them to take full advantage of the opportunity.

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In the backfield Leonard Fournette is an preseason favorite to win the Heisman trophy. Last season, Fournette broke the LSU freshman rushing record while eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark. This year, Fournette is expected to lead a unit of talented running backs that includes fellow sophomore Darrell Williams along with incoming freshman Nick Brossette, Derrius Guice and David Ducre. If Fournete and the rest of the backfield can live up to the hype, they will take a lot of pressure off the quarterback.

Right now, LSU is predicted to finish third in the SEC West behind Auburn and Alabama and fourth overall in the SEC.  However, with a new starting quarterback at Auburn and a weak Alabama secondary that can be exposed, LSU has a tremendous shot to get back on top of the SEC and find their way into the 2015 College Football Playoff.

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