It's SEC Media Days. That means sound bites, predictions and all-conference teams. LSU is a team with a number of question marks on it and a number of very high-profile positions that are still very much up for competition.
But fear not LSU fans! Your humble correspondent has looked into his personal crystal ball and discovered the truth! You may not hear these predictions come out of Birmingham this week, but I assure you that they are IRON CLAD! In fact, you should feel free to act on these predictions as if the games have ALREADY BEEN PLAYED!*
*Note: I have no idea what this term means but I hear it all the time in those JONATHAN STONE radio commercials.*
- Anthony Jennings will take a sack, throw an interception and/or fail to convert a third-down or red-zone opportunity. A group of LSU fans will wonder why Jennings was playing instead of Brandon Harris, insisting that Les Miles refuses to trust the freshmen.
- Brandon Harris will take a sack, throw an interception and/or fail to convert a third-down or red-zone opportunity. A group of LSU fans will wonder why Harris was playing instead of Anthony Jennings. The offense needed a steadier hand at that moment, not a risk-taking freshman.
- Terrence Magee or Kenny Hilliard will be tackled for a short gain, thrown for a loss, fail to convert a short-yardage situation or fumble the ball. Some LSU fans will insist that Leonard Fournette would have made the play regardless of circumstances, and that Les Miles is holding the talented freshman back.
- Leonard Fournette will be tackled for a short gain, thrown for a loss, fail to convert a short-yardage situation or fumble the ball. Some LSU fans will then insist that Miles is running the young freshman into the ground, and wonder why Terrence Magee or Kenny Hilliard weren't used to spell him.
- If the offense skews particularly run-heavy in a game, regardless of success, Les Miles will be accused of "meddling" or "mingling" in the offense. Particularly if the option is used.
- LSU will allow an opponent to convert a third-and-long. An LSU fan will bring up "third and Chavis" and demand to know why the Tigers didn't blitz on that play.
- If LSU loses a game in which some of the upperclassmen receivers caught more passes than members of the loaded freshman class, the coaching staff will be blamed for not involving the freshmen more and be accused of favoring the upperclassmen.
- If LSU loses a game in which the tight ends fail to make a major impact, some fans will blame that particular factoid for the loss. They will call the passing game "limited" or "unimaginative" and be very satisfied with themselves.
- If Malachi Dupre has a huge game, some very small segment of LSU fans will wonder why LSU seems to be ignoring his freshman teammate Trey Quinn.
- If Trey Quinn has a huge game, some very small segment of LSU fans will wonder why LSU seems to be ignoring his freshman teammate Malachi Dupre.
- Every time the LSU defense gives up a successful run, LSU fans will blame D.J. Welter, regardless of whether the run is inside or outside the tackles.
- If LSU wins 10 games or fewer and doesn't capture an SEC West Division title, many fans and pundits a like will talk about the program's clear state of decline.