5 reasons LSU football can win the national championship

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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

The LSU football team is coming off a disappointing 2014 campaign, but here are five reasons that the Tigers can bounce back and win the national championship in 2015. 

In 2014, the LSU football team had arguably its worst performance under head coach Les Miles.

The Tigers went 8-5, the first time they had failed to reach the 10-win mark since 2009. In doing so, they tied the worst record of Miles’ decade at the helm of the program.

Despite this, however, LSU enters the 2015 college football season as a legitimate national title contender.

It may not seem that way on paper. After all, the Tigers lost defensive coordinator John Chavis, who led the best defense in the SEC last season. They also had one of the worst passing attacks in the nation a year ago, and another similar performance could easily send LSU to the bottom of the conference standings.

But one thing that is easily forgotten among the pessimism is how young this team was last season, and how much they have grown since then.

LSU’s wide receivers had a total of seven career receptions heading into the 2014 season. Quarterback Anthony Jennings had started just one game in his collegiate career. And arguably the most talented skill player on the roster, running back Leonard Fournette, was a 19-year old freshman.

These young players are now seasoned veterans, and given the overall talent on this team, the sky is the limit.

Here are five reasons that the LSU Tigers have a chance to be crowned national champions this season.

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