The LSU Tigers have won more games than any other Southeastern Conference program over the last nine years, but that doesn’t mean they’ll automatically go over their regular season win total in 2014.
Miles is a Monster
Les Miles’ 95 wins since taking over at LSU in 2005 are the most of any SEC school during that span, which makes them an attractive option to go OVER 9.5 wins (-149) at Pinnacle Sports, but it’s important to point out that the team lost a lot of talent.
The Tigers are certainly capable of making a push for one of four spots in the upcoming college football playoff, but the 29 true freshman that they’ve played in the last two years will need to lead the charge.
LSU’s season opener against Wisconsin will go a long way in determining the fate of this team in regards to future odds, considering it’s currently a four-point neutral-site in that matchup at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
College football handicappers will find it hard for the Tigers to replace the talent they lost on the offensive side of the football, especially since they were the first team in SEC history to featured a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard running back.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is one of the best in the business, but his playbook may be limited due to the quarterback situation in Baton Rouge, as Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings due battle on the practice field.
Despite the questions under center, it's important to consider when looking at LSU's College Football Odds, that they will be able to move the ball on the ground, with senior running backs Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee combining for nearly 1,900 yards and 29 touchdowns during their time on campus.
Chavis is a Master
Miles has been known to surround himself with some of the greatest minds in football, which is certainly the case with defensive coordinator John Chavis, who has wached his unit hold opponents to 18 or fewer points per game four times in five years.
LSU returns seven starters on the defensive side of the ball, while six of its top eight players in the secondary will be ready to make things happen against an inexperienced group of signal-callers in the conference.
Control The Football
The strength of this team will be its offensive line, with four starters returning, including preseason All-America offensive tackle La’el Collins. He’s projected to be a first round pick in the 2015 NFL draft and has made 25 career starts.
LSU has a chance of reaching a double-digit win total during the regular season if it protects the football, but that will be a major challenge with an inexperienced player under center.
I really don’t find an edge in playing this regular season total, as I believe the Tigers will land right on the number, but sports bettors are receiving some value when looking at the UNDER (+127).