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LSU is ranked No. 17 in ESPN's way too early Top 25 poll for 2015.

17. LSU Tigers
2014 record: 8-5, 4-4 SEC

Returning starters: 8 offense, 6 defense, 2 special teams

Key personnel losses: OT La'el Collins, C Elliott Porter, DE Jermauria Rasco, S Ronald Martin, DE Danielle Hunter, LB Kwon Alexander, RB Terrence Magee, CB Jalen Collins

Why they might finish higher: If LSU can fix its quarterback problem, it might be one of the most-improved teams in the country this season. The Tigers started nine freshmen and sophomores against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl, including tailback Leonard Fournette, who was as good as advertised while running for 1,034 yards with 10 touchdowns as a freshman. Young receivers Travin Dural, Malachi Dupre, John Diarse and Trey Quinn should only continue to get better.

Why they might finish lower: Unless the Tigers can add a transfer quarterback or Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris improve dramatically during the offseason, they'll probably continue to sputter on offense. LSU ranked 116th among FBS teams (and last in the SEC) in passing with only 162.9 yards per game. While there's a ton of talent coming back on defense, the Tigers will miss former defensive coordinator John Chavis, who left for the same position at Texas A&M. LSU's schedule in 2015 includes road games at Mississippi State, Syracuse, South Carolina, Alabama and Ole Miss.
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Reply83 months
It's hard for miles to see much out of that cloud of dust
Reply83 months
Who said 2015 would be our year? Everyone knew 2015 was rebuilding too many freshman...2016 and 17 should be positive growth
Reply83 months
Third string redshirt soph, actually - but I realize it is quicker and easier to comment without being informed
Reply83 months
If tOSU can finish the way they did with a 2nd string QB and then a third string true freshman, then what is Miles excuse for Jennings a sophmore with 2 plus years in the system. So tired of hearing "our quarterbacks are starting to do the things we ask them to do at the position" So tired of hearing "we will have great competition at the quarterback position" So tired of hearing Brandon Harris is getting closer to being in the game" So tired of hearing "we couldn't find a place to get Harris into the game" So tired of hearing excuse after excuse. For gosh sakes Cameron, your an NFL OC and quarterbacks coach. Quit laying down on the job and earn your damn money.
Reply83 months
I agree except for the part about Chavis. We won't miss his prevent bull shite at the end of halves and games
Reply83 months
shouldn't be ranked on day 1 to be honest.
Reply83 months
Miles, if you are reading this, SNAP OUT OF IT!
Reply83 months
Miles is gonna have to step it up another notch this year
Reply83 months
Respect has to be earned. Until the QB situation gets resolved I don't expect much respect.
Reply83 months
But I thought 2015 was going to be our year?
Reply83 months
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