Don't be surprised college football fans, if the LSU Tigers pull an Ohio State and win the SEC and go back into the National Title Game. Like I compared West Virginia to Louisville of 2007, and South Florida to Rutgers of 2007, you will now see how I came to my decision of the likelihood of LSU in the title game.
LSU is fresh off an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. Ohio State was pre-2007 also.
This preseason many have LSU ranked in the top 15. Ohio State was also ranked in the top 15 preseason 2007, only to make the jump up the polls all year, and eventually to get the number one spot.
LSU also loses their starting quarterback, Matt Flynn, who was a fifth round draft pick, and doesn't return a quarterback that is older than a sophomore, none of which have starting experience. Ohio State lost Troy Smith to the NFL after 2006, and he was also a fifth round pick in the 2007 draft. Sophomore Todd Boeckman took over for Ohio State with no starting experience and Ohio State went to the BCS title game again.
LSU lost top wide receiver Early Doucet. After the 2006 season Ohio State lost top wide receiver Tedd Ginn Jr.
LSU returns all their running backs just like Ohio State did in 2007. LSU returns four of their five starting offensive linemen. Ohio State returned four of five offensive linemen in 2007.
LSU also returns their entire starting defensive line except sack monster All American Glenn Dorsey, but Ricky Jean-Francois (who was the MVP of last year's title game) is still back, and should become the new Glenn Dorsey. LSU also only returns one linebacker which Ohio State did in pre-2007 with James Laurinitis returning. They ended up having the number one defense in the country.
They also both have had great recruiting classes in the past few years. So look out Auburn and Alabama, LSU looks to surprise everyone and take the jump back to the top of the SEC for the second year in a row.