Predicting and Analyzing The LSU Tigers' November Schedule
The LSU Tigers have been one of the most consistent teams in all of college football the past 15 years. They have won two national titles in that time span, those coming in 2003 and 2007, and they are yet again in contention to win an SEC title.
The season started off rough for LSU as they just barely escaped in week one against Wisconsin. They rallied from a double digit deficit in the second half to beat Wisconsin and they have slowly improved ever since week one.
They struggled against Auburn the first week of October, but haven’t loss since that October 4th game in Auburn, Alabama. The Tigers are one of the hottest teams in all of college football entering November and the difference between a really good season and an average season rides on a battle against Alabama on November 8 in Death Valley.
The Tigers sit at 7-2 with three games remaining in their 2014 regular season schedule and they still have a shot to make a New Year’s Day bowl. Let’s take a look at the remaining three games for LSU and see how they finish out the 2014 season.
The Tigers host Alabama on November 8 in Baton Rouge. In the preseason I felt the Tigers of LSU would defeat Alabama, but as we now sit here early November I’m not so sure about that. I have been very impressed with how well Alabama has rebounded from their final two games in 2013.
The Crimson Tide have slowly gotten better and better this season and a win against LSU and they would be the favorites to represent the SEC West in the SEC title game. As I mentioned previously, the LSU Tigers have also improved the past month behind the improved play of quarterback Anthony Jennings.
I feel the Tide will go on the road and hand LSU their third loss of the season.
The Tigers then have to travel to Arkansas to play a Razorback team that hasn’t won an SEC game since the 2012 season. Arkansas has come so close on a number of occasions this year, but just haven’t been able to overcome that hurdle of winning an SEC game.
This would be a great spot for Arkansas to finally win an SEC game because of the brutal battle LSU will have with Alabama. A loss to Alabama would have LSU on an emotional low and Arkansas playing the Tigers in Fayetteville could take advantage of that.
I still believe LSU will find a way to win, but don’t be shocked at all if the Razorbacks beat LSU on November 15.
Finally, the LSU Tigers close out the 2014 season playing in Kyle Field against the Aggies of Texas A&M. This is a brutal stretch for LSU to end the season with and going to College Station, Texas could be the toughest of all three games.
The Aggies started the season as the hottest team in all of college football, but have cooled off significantly now that their schedule has hit the big boys of the SEC West. The Aggies will also be in a prime position to beat LSU because of the tough final three games the Tigers have to face.
So, overall I feel LSU will finish the 2014 season going 1-2 with that lone win coming against either Arkansas or Texas A&M.
I believe Alabama will defeat LSU and then that loss will lead to yet another loss to most likely Texas A&M to close out the 2014 regular season. The Tigers have had a nice bounce back in October, but their youth will begin to show in November.
The 2015 season will be one with great promise for LSU. I feel the Tigers of LSU will be national title contenders next season once all their youthful talent gets a year of experience under their belt. The Tigers should consider this season a success already and if they manage to win two of these last three games it will only enhance their season.
I have the Tigers finishing the 2014 regular season at 8-4 and losers of two of their last three games. If they can find a way to make some magic in Death Valley and beat Alabama then it’s an entirely different story. The key to a very good season will come down to the Alabama game as it seems to be each year with LSU.
The Tigers are a team on the rise and will be scary to play in 2015. Their youth is only getting better and the SEC will have to contend with the Tigers for the next several years as serious national title challengers. LSU is a powerhouse in the sport of college football and that will only continue in the years to come.