The LSU Tigers carry a lot of hype into the new college season and for a good reason. There is a path from Death Valley to the College Football Playoff.
A year ago, few LSU football fans imagined the Brian Kelly era in Baton Rouge would yield a College Football Playoff (CFP) contender in year two. The former Notre Dame boss migrated South and converted a 6-7 team into SEC West Champions with unlimited potential. Today, the LSU Tigers have a clear path to the CFP, which begins on September 3rd in prime time.
Beat Florida State in Orlando on September 3rd
The LSU Tigers send a strong message with a big win over Florida State in their kickoff game on ABC. The Seminoles are currently ranked No. 14 in ESPN’s preseason poll and expect a massive season from quarterback Jordan Travis. Suffice it to say victory over a top-25 team in prime time will validate LSU’s preseason hype. Currently, ESPN ranks the Tigers No. 4.
Losing to Florida State in Week 1 won’t crush LSU football’s CFP hopes. Fans might recall that last year’s loss to the Seminoles in the Superdome didn’t negatively affect the Tigers’ path to the SEC West title. Moreover, losing an early season game to a ranked opponent is hardly a bowl game death blow. Still, momentum is a consideration, and few can argue the LSU Tigers will ride a ton of it with a 1-0 start to their 2023 season.
We expect LSU to beat Florida State and win ensuing games against Grambling and Mississippi State. Then, at 3-0, thenvTigers’ path to the CFP continues with a potential trap game against a familiar foe.