College Football Futures Odds: LSU a Good Bet to Go 'Under' 8 Wins

David Lawrence

Saturday, July 11, 2015 5:06 PM GMT

Saturday, Jul. 11, 2015 5:06 PM GMT

LSU is fighting for respect in a division it has not won since 2011, and which it has won only once since 2007. How will the Fighting Tigers move forward and what are their betting odds to win the SEC West Division?

The LSU Tigers have to deal with the SEC West Division, just like everyone else: Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Auburn. One team is going to win this division, but the question on a lot of people’s minds is if the team that wins the division is good enough (as Alabama was last year) to make the College Football Playoff, or if everyone’s going to beat up everyone else and perhaps create a multi-team tie that needs to be broken by tiebreaker rules. 

 

Is LSU a Good Bet To Win The SEC?
The Tigers are a very bad bet to win the SEC this season. All you have to do is look at the quarterback position. LSU has been consistently held back at quarterback. Even in the 2011 season, when the team made the national title game, it could not find a consistent signal caller. Now, the situation is much worse: LSU looks like one slightly above average team in a division with a lot of above average teams. LSU was humiliated last year by Auburn, Arkansas, and others, and the Tigers have to therefore make huge improvements if they’re going to win both the SEC West and the SEC at large. Is this likely to happen based on what was seen from the team’s two top quarterbacks in the spring game?

Anthony Jennings, who completed under 50 percent of his passes despite starting 12 games for LSU last season, was moderately good in a game that was not played with a maximum of pace or with full hitting: He created two touchdowns and a field goal in eight total series. He completed 13 of 20 passes for 242 yards and two TDs. He rushed for minus 11 yards, getting sacked three times for losses of 18 yards.

Brandon Harris, who was awful against Auburn in his one start from 2014, is challenging Jennings. In the spring game, he played eight series as well, scoring four touchdowns. He completed 11 of 17 for 178 yards, two TDs, one interception. He rushed for 24 yards on 10 carries.

LSU has not yet named a starting quarterback, which points to the idea that neither quarterback has clearly established himself as the main man. That has to worry LSU, whose defense should be strong and whose front seven is going to be very disruptive next season. If the offense can’t do enough to help the defense, this is going to be another long season in Baton Rouge. LSU appears to be imbalanced, with the offense in trouble… unless one quarterback steps up. The Tigers can’t be seen as a top-two or even top-three choice on the college football odds to win the conference. Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss should be in better shape.

 

Is LSU a Good Bet to Go Over Their Regular Season Win Total
The quarterback spot is such a mess, and this SEC West is just too nasty to let LSU off the hook. The Tigers should lose to Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, and maybe Mississippi State in conference. That’s not good. Take the under for the win total.

College Football Pick: Under 8 wins at 5Dimes

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