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LSU Tigers 2008 College Football Predictions

by Thomas Jensen on Thursday, June 19th, 2008

College Football Predictions 2008 LSU Tigers PredictionsThe LSU Tigers will try to defend their national championship when the 2008 season opens. The Tigers will have to do so without QB Ryan Perrilloux who was booted in early May for off-the-field problems. SportsBetting.com has the LSU Tigers 12 to 1 odds to win the 2009 BCS Championship. Will the Tigers still be the best in the SEC West without him and do they still have a shot at repeating as national champs? Find out in College Football Predictions Expert Jimmy Boyd's 2008 LSU Tigers predictions and season preview for Point-Spreads.com.

Offense – QB Ryan Perrilloux was a leader on the field , but off of it, he was nothing of the sort. Red shirt freshman Jarrett Lee or junior Andrew Hatch will be in for an eye-opening experience when one of them is thrown to the wolves to take over under center. The good news is that they will have experienced running backs to work with. Charles Scott and Keiland Williams have played well under the departed Jacob Hester. I look for both players to step up to the challenge of more carries without a problem. The speedy Williams could elevate his status to one of the SEC's elite this season. With four starting lineman returning, there is no doubt that the Tigers will be able to run the football. Herman Johnson and Ciron Black, first and second team All-SEC selections, will lead the charge with center Brett Helms being another all-conference candidate. Brandon LaFell and Demetrius Byrd will lead the receiving attack. LaFell caught 50 balls for 656 yards last season and you might remember the talented Byrd from his last second catch to beat Auburn.

Defense – No Glenn Dorsey and no defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, but the Tigers will still be very good on this side of the football in 2008. Senior tackle Tyson Jackson and senior defensive end Kirston Pittman will head up this physical unit. Pittman led the Tigers with eight sacks a season ago and Jackson was constantly in opponents backfields, credited with 15 hurries. The Tigers are also excited about the return of defensive ends Charles Alexander and Ricky Jean-Francois. A knee injury kept Alexander sidelined for most of last season and Jean-Francois showed glimpses of being a stud after returning from a 12-game academic suspension. Returning senior Darry Beckworth will be the man in the middle, holding down the linebacker corps. Even with an inexperienced defensive backfield, I think the Tigers will once again be one of the best defensive teams in the SEC. Last year, they held opponents to a league-leading 288.8 yards per game. If they can come close to those numbers again, LSU should be on its way to another SEC West title.

Special Teams – The return game has not been a big asset in the past, but I think that changes completely with the speedy Trindon Holliday mastering the art form last season. He has two kickoff returns in his career and he figures to give the Tigers a big field position advantage. Senior place kicker Colt David is coming off a stellar season in which he scored an SEC-record 147 points and booted a school-record 26 field goals.

College Football Predictions for the 2008 LSU Tigers  – 1st in SEC West

A down SEC West likely keeps the Tigers on top despite their QB problems. The defense will still be elite and you know how the old saying goes, "defense wins championships." The national title repeat is likely out of the question, but if a few things go LSU's way, it could happen.

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SportsBetting.com has posted football betting odds on various 2008 College Football Predictions:

Alabama        
60 – 1
    
Arizona        
100 – 1
    
Arizona St        
100 – 1
    
Arkansas        
100 – 1
    
Auburn        
40 – 1
    
Boise St        
100 – 1
    
Boston College        
100 – 1
    
California        
100 – 1
    
Clemson        
30 – 1
    
Florida        
6 – 1
    
Florida St        
60 – 1
    
Georgia        
6 – 1
    
Georgia Tech        
100 – 1
    
Illinois        
50 – 1
    
Iowa        
100 – 1
    
Kansas        
75 – 1
    
Kansas St        
100 – 1
    
Kentucky        
100 – 1
    
LSU        
12 – 1
    
Louisville        
100 – 1
    
Maryland        
100 – 1
    
Miami FL        
100 – 1
    
Michigan        
30 – 1
    
Michigan St        
100 – 1
    
Missouri        
15 – 1
    
Nebraska        
75 – 1
    
North Carolina        
100 – 1
    
North Carolina St        
100 – 1
    
Notre Dame        
100 – 1
    
Ohio St        
6 – 1
    
Oklahoma        
6 – 1
    
Oklahoma St        
100 – 1
    
Oregon        
100 – 1
    
Oregon St        
100 – 1
    
Penn St        
50 – 1
    
Rutgers        
100 – 1
    
South Carolina        
75 – 1
    
South Florida        
100 – 1
    
Tennessee        
100 – 1
    
Texas        
30 – 1
    
Texas A&M        
100 – 1
    
Texas Tech        
75 – 1
    
UCLA        
75 – 1
    
USC        
3 – 1
    
Virginia        
100 – 1
    
Virginia Tech        
40 – 1
    
Wake Forest        
100 – 1
    
West Virginia        
20 – 1
    
Wisconsin        
50 – 1
    
Field (Any Other Team)        
25 – 1

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