2010 College Football Predictions: LSU and the End of Les Miles?

Adam Fisher@@adamfisher32Contributor IIAugust 13, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Brandon LaFell #1 and Stevan Ridley #34 of the LSU Tigers celebrate after Ridley scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 2010 Capital One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Offense

LSU has said they want to run the ball a lot more and revitalize their physical nature of the past.

Jordan Jefferson returns for his second full year as starter for Les Miles. He will have tons of targets to throw to: Terrence Toliver, Russell Shepard, Rueben Randle, and Michael Ford, with Richard Murphy and Stevan Ridley to run the ball.

But they will need to find their offensive firepower fast or it could mean the end of Les Miles at LSU, which many fans are hoping for.

Defense

The defensive line returns only one starter in Lazarius Levingston. The defensive line will have to step up big time.

The linebackers for LSU should be fine with Sheppard, who led the team in tackles last year with 110.

The secondary should also be fine and LSU does have the best CB in the nation, Patrick Peterson, who held Julio Jones to three receptions and A.J. Green to four receptions last season. Teams will try to throw away from Peterson's area most of the game because Morris Claiborne will be a first-time starter as a sophomore.

Overview

LSU will go 9-3 in the regular season, losing to Florida, Alabama, and Arkansas, and it will be the end of Les Miles in Baton Rouge.

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