Mississippi State with some momentum. But the Tigers must also guard against a letdown vs. Despite the two conference losses, the Bulldogs gained confidence two weeks ago with an emphatic win over Auburn.
After going with a win in the Fiesta Bowl last season, head coach Ed Orgeron seems to have the LSU Tigers finally back on the right track heading into the campaign.
Despite a perennially strong run game and a stout defense, the Tigers have won double-digit games only once since last season. With a middling passing attack, the Tigers have struggled to hang with fellow SEC powerhouses like Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia — all of whom have incorporated heavy spread elements into their schemes.
One of the biggest question marks as the Tigers transition into the future is how the offensive line will hold up.
The Tigers are returning nearly their entire starting unit from last season, yet the unit struggled as a whole and bled sacks. The up-tempo scheme should help tire defenses out a bit more and in turn ease up the pass rush as the game goes on.
While an improvement from the unit should be expected regardless, the new offense might help make their jobs just a little bit easier. Per usual, the Tigers are absolutely loaded at defensive back this season.
Stingley was the top DB prospect in the nation last season and graduated high school early to get a head start on preparing with the Tigers during bowl season. He has made waves with his lockdown play since stepping foot onto campus and is now finally eligible to show off his skills in live games.
Opposite the super-prospect Stingley will likely be senior Kristian Fulton — who is no slouch himself. With a stellar incoming recruiting class and a number of high-profile contributors coming back, expectations are sky-high in Death Valley as the Tigers look to build on their strongest season in recent memory.