LSU football will have to make up for a big loss of talent in 2020.
The Tigers lost 14 players to the 2020 NFL Draft, including star quarterback Joe Burrow and the nation’s leader in receptions, wide receiver Justin Jefferson (LSU also lost several players that signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents, including tight end Thaddeus Moss).
With that much talent gone, there’s simply no way the Tigers will repeat their magical 2019 season.
But LSU is still a dangerous team. Opposing programs shouldn’t take Ed Orgeron’s squad lightly just because the Tigers lost some talented players — there’s still plenty of talent on the roster.
Opposing coach recognizes that LSU football still has a good roster
Lindy’s Sports spoke with several opposing SEC coaches for their 2020 college football preview.
One of those unnamed opposing coaches had plenty to say about LSU and the Tigers’ loss of talent.
“They knew they were losing some good players, but they’ve got a good roster. Comparing it to their magical year, you can’t compare it to a magical year,” explained the anonymous coach (via 247Sports).
“No, they’re not going to be what they were last year, but they’ve got good enough players and coaches to be LSU.”
This is how I’ve felt all offseason.
No, the Tigers aren’t going to go 15-0 and completely dominate the way they did in 2019.
But this is still a team that’s capable of reaching the College Football Playoff for the second straight season.
LSU has the talent to repeat as national champions.
Will it be a bit more difficult than it was last season?
Do the Tigers also have the potential to go 10-3 in 2020?
But to discount LSU’s chances at finishing among the top four teams just because they lost 14 players to the NFL draft would be a doing a disservice to the incredible job Coach O has done as the Tigers’ head coach.