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LSU Tigers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

LSU Tigers 2016 Preview

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The LSU Tigers enter yet another season under head coach Les Miles with SEC title hopes as this program has not missed a bowl appearance since the 1999 season. LSU has failed to win double-digit games the last two seasons but there’s always enough talent in Baton Rouge to compete at the highest level.

This season is no different.

LSU Tigers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Here is your 2016 LSU Tigers college football preview.

Offense: The LSU Tigers offense will live and die with the best running back in the country Leonard Fournette. A Heisman Trophy candidate, Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns last season and is the type of player who can take over games by himself. LSU has an experienced quarterback in Brandon Harris, who completed 53.6 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and showed flashes at times of being an OK passer. You’d like to see Harris complete a higher percentage, and having a 1-2 punch in Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural should help. Those two receivers combined for 71 receptions and nine touchdowns last season. LSU has talent on the outside and the best running back in college football. If Harris can manage games well and be more consistent with his throws, the Tigers will have one of the scarier offenses in the SEC.

Defense: As expected with LSU football, the defense is in good shape, even with a new defensive coordinator in Dave Aranda calling the shots. LSU’s defense always starts in the trenches, and that’s where you can count on guys such as Lewis Neal, Davon Godchaux, Arden Key and Tashawn Bower. LSU was tied for third in the SEC last season with 34 sacks and majority of that production returns. Kendell Beckwith is one of the best linebackers in the SEC who could have easily entered the NFL draft and Jamal Adams is one of the better defensive backs in the entire country. That doesn’t even include guys such as Christian LaCouture and Tre'davious White, players who are one of the best in the country at their respective position. Even with a new coordinator and defensive line coach in Ed Orgeron, the LSU Tigers defense will once again be one of the dangerous units in college football.

Special Teams: Trent Domingue returns at kicker after making 13 of 17 field goal attempts and 49 of 50 extra points. Domingue is also expected to replace Jamie Keehn at punter, something he hasn’t done since high school.

Outlook: The expectations for the LSU Tigers never change as there’s so much talent each season due to impressive recruiting. Expectations aren’t changing this season either as long as Fournette is getting the ball 20-plus times a game. LSU has the potential to be a playoff team, especially if Harris can develop into a reliable passer who keeps the defense honest. There’s a lot to like in Louisiana State this season.

Schedule

Sept. 3 Wisconsin (Green Bay)
Sept. 10 JACKSONVILLE STATE
Sept. 17 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Sept. 24 at Auburn
Oct. 1 MISSOURI
Oct. 8 at Florida
Oct. 15 SOUTHERN MISS
Oct. 22 OLE MISS
Oct. 29 Open date
Nov. 5 ALABAMA
Nov. 12 at Arkansas
Nov. 19 SOUTH ALABAMA
Nov. 24 (Thu.) at Texas A&M

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