Coach: Ed Orgeron, first season (22-29 overall).
Last year: 8-4 overall, 5-3 in the SEC (T-2nd in the West). Defeated Louisville 29-9 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
Best case scenario: An improved passing game under new offensive coordinator Matt Canada gives the Tigers an offensive balance that has been missing in recent seasons and creates a lot of big-play opportunities for star tailback Derrius Guice. A more innovative offense, coupled with LSU’s usually strong defense, puts the Tigers in a position to seriously challenge Alabama in the West.
Worst case scenario: Orgeron failed in his first stint as an SEC head coach, going 10-25 at Ole Miss (2005-07). Given that track record, some are skeptical about where Orgeron will take this program. If the Tigers get off to a slow start and underachieve on offense, there will be some intense early pressure on Orgeron and his team.
Quotable: “It’s still a quarterback competition heading into fall camp. Right now, if we were to play today, Danny (Etling) would be our starter. He loves competition. He loved every minute of the quarterback competition (in the spring). He actually thrived in it. There’s still a competition there, but right now, Danny is the leader.” — Orgeron