LSU football is looking to rebound after losing 14 players to the 2020 NFL Draft.
The expecations for LSU football aren’t high in 2020, thanks to a massive loss of talent from their 2019 national championship team.
Losing players like Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, K’Lavon Chaisson, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, among several others, to the NFL is a tough pill to swallow.
Add in 2020 season opt outs like Ja’Marr Chase (the best wide receiver in the nation) and Tyler Shelvin and it’s easy to see why folks are wondering if LSU can win seven games in a shortened ten-game season.
But things aren’t as bad as they may seem. While LSU likely won’t be competing for a national championship in 2020, they should be right back in the mix in 2021.
In fact, I think the Tigers should be the favorites to win it all in 2021.
Ed Orgeron will bring another championship to LSU football in 2021
It’s a bit premature to say this, but I feel really, really good about LSU winning the College Football Playoff in 2021.
And it’s because of the insane amount of talent that Coach O and his staff have brought to Baton Rouge.
Just think about it for a moment. Myles Brennan will be a redshirt senior in 2021, which means he’ll have a year of starting experience under his belt. He may not take a Burrow-like leap in 2021, but he’ll be the best version of himself as a redshirt senior.
Then there’s tight end sensation Arik Gilbert. He’ll be a true freshman in 2020. By 2021, he could have a Ja’Marr Chase-like impact on the offense. Gilbert is freakishly athletic for his size and nearly impossible to cover. Give him a year of experience and he could be the most dominant offensive player in college football.
Plus there’s Kayshon Boutte, who is poised to start as a true freshman in 2020 (another Chase-like player maybe?). He should be even better in 2021.
The Tigers probably won’t have Terrace Marshall next season, but they’ll have Koy Moore, another true freshman who should see significant playing time in 2020.
And let’s not forget Derek Stingley Jr. He’s already the best non-quarterback in the nation. And he’ll be back to LSU in 2021 for his junior season. Imagine how dominant Stingley and the rest of the defense will be in year two of Bo Pelini’s defense.
A scary thought for the rest of the SEC.
I know anything can happen. But for now, I don’t see any team I like better in 2021 than LSU.