LSU will probably be a better team in 2012 than their 2011 team that went to the championship game, and that's saying something.
The Tigers will have an easier schedule than the 2011 season, and are also bringing in one of the top recruiting classes. Expect Les Miles and the defense to be as strong as they were in 2011 even with key players leaving.
Key to Success: More potent offense
The Tigers' offense showed its true colors in the last game of the bowl series, struggling to move the chains.
With Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson gone, LSU will have to rely on Zach Mettenberger, or incoming freshman Gunner Kiel, to not just be a game manager, but a threat to throw the ball downfield, something Lee or Jefferson weren't expected to do by opposing defenses.
The receivers and running backs must be able to perform and help the quarterback. The defense can't win all by themselves, and the offense must perform in 2012.