- Tigers a long shot for SEC, national titles in Kelly’s first season
- LSU pegged to finish middle of the pack in the tough SEC
- Tigers’ quarterback battle could figure in Heisman Trophy race
In joining the SEC, new LSU head coach Brian Kelly has come into a league where the Tigers have been an overwhelming underdog, year-in, year-out.
The Bayou Bengals penned a national championship in 2019 after opening with distant +3300 odds to win the title. LSU wound up finishing a perfect 15-0 and served Clemson a 42-25 defeat on their way to that national championship.
The Tigers open the 2022 season at +5000 to win the SEC. They are tied with Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky with those same odds to win what is looking like a very balanced league.
LSU is sitting with +6600 odds to win the national championship in 2022, which are twice as long as their aforementioned +3300 odds to begin the 2019-20 campaign.
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Bayou Bengals Pegged To Finish In the Middle of a Loaded SEC
Last season with a straight-up 6-7 ledger, LSU held the same record in the over/under while finishing 5-7-1 against the spread.
LSU has been set with an opening over/under of 6.5 wins. According to the sportsbooks, going over the number (-130) is more likely than falling under (+100).
If they don’t, both sides of the ball could make hitting the over on 6.5 wins a challenge, especially given the SEC and how the schedule breaks down.
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Transfer Jayden Daniels Opens As LSU’s Best Heisman Trophy Candidate
LSU viewed adding an impact player via the transfer portal as a top priority this offseason. Fortunately, they appear to have landed one.
Arizona State transfer quarterback Jayden Daniels just arrived in town ahead of the new season. The QB, who opens with distant +6600 Heisman Trophy odds, is slated to be LSU’s most likely challenger for the coveted award. Last season, Daniels’ Heisman odds moved as high as +3000 when his Sun Devils started at 5-1 and were looking like a potential champion of the Pac-12 South.
Daniels and returning Tigers QB Myles Brennan could develop into one of the top quarterback battles in college football. Brennan, like Daniels, is set with long +6600 odds to win the Heisman Trophy.
Wide receiver Kayshon Boutte (+15000) could emerge as one of the Tigers’ more undervalued Heisman Trophy candidates, although his quarterback situation is a major question mark. Boutte had his 2021 campaign end with multiple injuries as he played in six games and went over 100 yards receiving in two of those outings. He notched 509 yards and nine touchdowns overall.