LSU football has a lot of doubters to prove wrong in 2021.
In 2019, the Tigers were at the top of the mountain. LSU went 15-0 and took home the national championship that season. It was total domination from start to finish.
The 2020 season, however, wasn’t quite as fun for the Tigers.
LSU suffered a surprising season-opening loss to Mississippi State. At one point, The Tigers were 3-5 and in danger of their first losing season in over 20 years.
True freshman Max Johnson, however, led LSU to two straight wins to close the 2020 season.
While the Tigers finished the season on a high note, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the program. LSU will be looking to prove in 2021 that the 2019 season wasn’t a fluke.
So how do the experts feel about the Tigers this season?
Cole Cubelic predicts where LSU football will finish in the SEC West
SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic, a former Auburn offensive lineman, tweeted his SEC West projections this week.
And he’s feeling pretty good about LSU.
Cubelic has the Tigers finishing second in the SEC West, behind Alabama.
Here are his full SEC West predictions.
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- Mississippi State
This feels about right. There’s no doubt that Alabama is the favorite to win the division.
And second place in the division should definitely be an intense battle between LSU and Texas A&M. I could understand putting either of those programs at No. 2.
From there, I would expect Ole Miss to be the next biggest threat. Lane Kiffin is a savvy game caller that will give defensive coordinators nightmares. The Rebels will likely pull some upsets, while also blowing some games because of their defense.
Auburn is a wild card after moving on from Gus Malzahn this past offseason.
And Mississippi State and Arkansas are certainly the favorites to finish in the cellar, though neither will be an easy win on a weekly basis.
It should be a fun season. It’ll be good to get back to a somewhat “normal” feeling with full stands and a full schedule.