College Football Top 25 Team Previews: LSU

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LSU Tigers

2017 Record: 9-4 (6-2) - Lost to Notre Dame in Citrus Bowl

2018 Coaches Poll Top 25 Rank: No. 24

Season Outlook

Can you say rebuilding?

LSU's offense last year was Derrius Guice, Darrell Williams, Danny Etling, D.J. Chark and Russell Gage almost in its entirety, and now all of those players are off in the NFL. The Tigers leading returning rusher had 96 yards last season, and their leading returning receiver is tight end Foster Moreau, who had 278 yards receiving. Yikes!

Defensively, however, the Tigers are just fine. Turnover is nothing new for their secondary, and they still return future first round pick cornerback Greedy Williams and another likely high draft pick in safety Grant Delpit (only a true sophomore). NFL prospects litter the rest of the defense, from Rashard Lawrence and Breiden Fehoko on the defensive line to Devin White at linebacker.

LSU will need their defense to be great while a young offensive line gels together with transfer quarterback Joe Burrow and a host of 4-star wide receivers. With Auburn and Alabama re-loading as well, the SEC West is a little more manageable at the top than it typically is, but LSU will need the offense to come together quickly to hold off risers in Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.