LSU 2010: Early Schedule Prediction

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Things have not been going so well since the Tigers won the 2007 BCS National Championship title. A 2008 let down year, it happened to the '07 Gators, followed by another middle of the road season.

So, lets move onto predictions.

September 4th, North Carolina: The Bengal Tigers have had plenty of success in the Georgia Dome. The Tar Heels seemed at times to be on their way last year but actually forgot to put the car in drive. Inexplicable losses to Virginia and 5-7 NC State had the fans befuddled. With the Heels returning ten starters on offense and nine on a top 10 defense LSU will have more than it can handle. -L-

September 11th, at Vanderbilt: Thank God for Vandy. After Bobby Johnson got the Dors to the Big House for the first time in forty plus years he promptly took them back to the outhouse. Injuries aside, it is just to damn hard to get into Vanderbilt, no depth. Enjoy Music City LSU fans. -W-

September 18th, Mississippi State: What a game last year in Starkville. Fortunately for LSU Tyson Lee didn't know how to stretch his hands, with the ball in them, over the goal line. This year the new quarterback want make the same mistake...because he will not get the chance. Lite on the quarterback and short in the running backs, the Bulldogs wont stand a chance in Death Valley. -W-

September 25th, West Virginia: With Noel Devine returning for his senior season the Mountaineers will have some mojo. Starting quarterback, Geno Smith, gives them some concern, however, WVU returns the core of its defense. This game is a tight one, but I have to give it to the home team even with their own issues. -W-

October 2nd, Tennessee: If you think LSU is losing some starters then you need to look at UT. The Vols will come into Death Valley short on linemen, quarterback, running backs, and a few other positions. Bryce Brown can't carry the load himself. Chavis will actually feel bad for his old employer and try to make it fair. -W-

October 9th, at Florida: With Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes, Joe Hayden, Riley Cooper, Carlos Dunlap, Brandon James, Aaron Hernandez, David Nelson, Maurkice Pouncey and Major Wright gone the Gators are going to be in a bind. I don't care what anybody says. I know they are deep with talent, but they are not deep with experience. UF will be coming off of a loss against Alabama and will be looking to rebound. This will be the best chance LSU will have at them for some time. This game could easily go either way and those who carry the confidence win. -W-

October 16th, McNeese State: This game is "neese". The Tigers will flex their muscles and put a check mark in the W column. Les is forgetting something. -W-

October 23rd, at Auburn: Thinking about how they have bested Auburn the last three years, LSU is feeling quite comfortable with themselves. They have broken the trend like a bone and started a new one, winning consecutively. But, even broken bones mend the same. Oh yeah, that is what Les forgot, he forgot to win this game. Auburn's defense is better than last years and offensively they can be dangerous. -L-

November 6th, Alabama: The Saban Bowl is getting old. Now we are just calling it the LSU/Bama game. Though the Tide loses several key defensive starters they replace them with Nick Saban's "process". And, Tiger fans know about this process. Bama also keeps most of the offensive team. The bi-week helps LSU, but it helps Bama even more. -L-

November 13th, Louisiana-Monroe: The Tigers grudgingly go through this game as if they were playing the scout team. The score is not special nor are the defensive plays but there is nothing to worry about. -W-

November 20th, Mississippi: Nutt has done it for the last time! He sure has. Without Shay Hodge and Dexter McCluster Ole Miss will be treading some water. And down on the Bayou that ain't good. LSU talent keeps them going in this game and poor coaching decisions are not needed at the end. -W-

November 27th, at Arkansas: When are they going to move this game to Fayetteville? Last year the Tigers staved off execution at the last play in overtime. This year even if you had four Patrick Petersons you wouldn't be able stop the Mallet Express. -L-

End Notes: This is a peculiar year for the Bengal Tigers. Losing proven talent such as Charles Scott, Brandon Lefell, Keiland Williams, Ciron Black, Chad Jones, Rahim Alem, and Riley Perry might make you stop and think. And it does. However, LSU has been bringing in talent over the past several years.

The problem has been developing that talent to finish the games. We all have to admit that Miles has made some less than stellar calls on the field. He has gotten away with quite a few of those as well.

If he does that this season he will be looking for a new job next year. Unless there is no one to hire.

A couple of these games could go either way on paper at this point, Auburn being one of them. However, West Virginia and Florida are definite swing games. It could get very rocky down in Red Stick.

Or, it could turn out to be as peaceful as a Monday morning bayou.