LSU Football: Picking Every 2012 Game on the Board Against the Spread

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IJune 22, 2012

LSU Football: Picking Every 2012 Game on the Board Against the Spread

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    Think it's too early to begin placing your bets for the upcoming 2012 college football season?

    Think again.

    The well-known Golden Nugget sportsbook in Las Vegas recently released its game of the year lines for the upcoming season.

    The LSU Tigers, who are ranked in the top three in the country in nearly every 2012 preseason poll imaginable, are favorites in every game on their schedule in the upcoming year. But is it possible that the Tigers run the table and cover the spread as well?

    Let's break down all of LSU's big-time games in 2012 and tell you which ones you should be placing your bets on and why, Bleacher Report style!

LSU vs. Washington

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    What: LSU vs. Washington

    When: Saturday, Sept. 8

    Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA

    Line: LSU -21

    Why take the Tigers: Washington is one of the most improved programs throughout college football over the past couple of years. After Jake Locker took off for the NFL, many believed that would be the end of the Huskies' run, but that is clearly not the case.

    Sophomore quarterback Keith Price was outstanding for the Huskies last season, passing for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, including 438 yards and four touchdown strikes against Baylor in that memorable Alamo Bowl performance.

    But let's keep in mind that Price put up those big numbers playing in the Pac-12, which is not the SEC. Going up against the likes of Utah, Colorado and Oregon State is not like going up against Tyrann Mathieu and this dominant LSU defense.

    I would say that Washington would have a chance to keep this within 21 points if it were on their home field, but in Baton Rouge in Week 2 of the season, no way, no how.

    LSU covers.

    Make it: LSU 31, Washington 7

LSU at Auburn

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    What: LSU at Auburn

    When: Saturday, Sept. 22

    Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

    Line: LSU -10.5

    Why take the Tigers: It's amazing to think that Auburn is just two years removed from a National Championship and so much of the talent on that team is already gone.

    There are no more Cam Newtons, Nick Fairley's or Michael Dyers on this year's Auburn team.

    In the matchup of Tigers, Auburn does have the advantage of playing on their home field, but this LSU team is better at just about every spot on the football field.

    Don't be surprised to see a grind-it-out type of football game with two solid defenses and two tough backfields.

    LSU covers.

    Make it: LSU 24, Auburn 13

LSU at Florida

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    What: LSU at Florida

    When: Saturday, Oct. 6

    Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainsville, FL

    Line: LSU -7

    Why take the Tigers: This will be a big game for the Tigers early on in the SEC season.

    Florida has been down the past couple of years, but with Will Muschamp now settled in and a strong defense as always, the Gators should be an improved bunch in 2012.

    Traveling to The Swamp is never easy for any team, but this LSU squad is loaded with veterans who know how to win big games on the road.

    Don't be surprised if this game is closer than last year's 41-11 blowout win, but in the end,  the Tigers' defensive firepower will lead them to yet another SEC victory.

    LSU covers.

    Make it: LSU 27, Florida 14

LSU at Texas A&M

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    What: LSU at Texas A&M

    When: Saturday, Oct. 20

    Where: Kyle Field, College Station, TX

    Line: LSU -8

    Why take the Tigers: Welcome to the SEC, Aggies. Your fourth conference game of the season will come against an LSU team that has been picked by many as the No. 1 preseason team in the nation in 2012.

    Texas A&M is going to look like a whole new team in 2012 with a new coach, quarterback, running back and conference.

    The good thing for the Aggies is that they will host LSU on their home turf. The bad thing is that this LSU defense will take advantage of any mistakes this young A&M offense will make, which could mean that the Aggies are in for a long day in this one.

    I know LSU is on the road, but taking the Tigers at -8 in this one looks like the lock of the year in my opinion.

    Make it: LSU 34, Texas A&M 6

LSU vs. Alabama

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    What: LSU vs. Alabama

    When: Saturday, Nov. 3

    Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA

    Line: LSU -2

    Why take the Tigers: This is the game that the entire college football world will be waiting to see in 2012.

    Last season, these two teams meant in the regular season in a 9-6 grind-it-out thriller that resulted in an LSU victory. They meant again in the BCS Championship Game in which Alabama embarrassed LSU in a 21-0 route, which marked the first shutout ever in a BCS Title Game.

    Both teams are expected to be among the best in the country again in 2012.

    The difference here could very well come down to home field advantage. The Tigers played Alabama away and on a neutral sight last season, but this year's home game could be a huge advantage for the Tigers.

    Either way, this should be another defensive battle between two teams that really don't like each other very much.

    LSU covers.

    Make it: LSU 17, Alabama 10

LSU vs. Mississippi State

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    What: LSU vs. Mississippi State

    When: Saturday, Nov. 10

    Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA

    Line: LSU -17

    Why take the Tigers: These two teams meant earlier on in the season last year, and many expected it to be one of the top games in the SEC.

    It turned out to be a one-sided affair, as LSU's defense proved to be too dominant for anything that Mississippi State tried to throw their way.

    Don't be surprised to see much of the same story this year.

    Mississippi State lost its do-it-all back, Vick Ballard, who is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts. That means that this offense should have an even more difficult time adjusting to this quick-paced LSU defense.

    I know that Mississippi State is a good football program, but with a young team playing on the road at LSU, don't be surprised to see this one turn into a blowout.

    LSU covers.

    Make it: LSU 34, Mississippi State 7

LSU vs. Ole Miss

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    What: LSU vs. Ole Miss

    When: Saturday, Nov. 17

    Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA

    Line: LSU -26

    Why take the Tigers: If we were creating a list of the potential biggest blowout games of the 2012 season, this would have to top that list.

    This game features arguably the best team in the SEC in LSU against the hands-down worst team in the SEC in Ole Miss. Not to mention, this game is going to be played in Baton Rouge with potential BCS implications on the line for the Tigers.

    When these two teams played last season, LSU won in a 52-3 blowout, and that game was played on Ole Miss' home field.

    In other words, get ready for an ole' fashion butt kicking in this one.

    This is the lock of the year.

    LSU covers.

    Make it: LSU 62, Ole Miss 3

LSU at Arkansas

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    What: LSU at Arkansas

    When: Friday, Nov. 23

    Where: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Line: LSU -3

    Why take the Tigers: The Alabama/LSU game will be a great one, but if you like offense and excitement, this is going to be the most thrilling game of the SEC season.

    Arkansas has an explosive offense, led by two preseason All-American candidates, quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis. But it will be interesting to see how this high-powered offense does against LSU's dominant defense.

    Make no mistake about it, LSU can put up points in bunches on the offensive end, especially with a gunslinger like Zach Mettenberger behind center now. If these two teams want to get into a shootout, LSU has the firepower to go blow-for-blow with the Razorbacks.

    This has the makings of a great college football game, but in the end, what it really comes down to is the fact that LSU's defense can get stops, and I'm not so sure Arkansas' can say the same.

    LSU covers.

    Make it: LSU 35, Arkansas 28