Sure, I see them yearly in the top five behind Bama at #1. Am also aware that the b-2-b natty champ has more returning starters and proven contributors to date. Or that LSU when more experienced, and loaded with NFL draft ready players last year than this coming one, lost three times, and played ATM, UM, and Ark to the wire.
Or that LSU has a long 100 year history of rarely going unbeaten, losing home games in it's last two natty title seasons, and losing twice with the far best team in the country in 2007..
Which, like Bama's last two natty title winning campaigns, dropping a homer is a very rare formula for a school from any conference to win the natty title.
And that schedule is a huge factor in title runs, thus playing at loaded Bama and UGA, with elite level QBs back for dominant home winning percentage programs(even if LSU won in it's last trip to each stadium)..
Makes it an uphill battle, yet not impossible.
P.S. Sorry I'm not more gung-ho and guns ablazing about 2013. Expecting 9-3/8-4 isn't what I'd call being a doomsayer..just expecting a slight rebuild on the fly of an elite LSU program.
This post was edited on 7/31 at 12:00 am