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2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 112
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 26

In the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the year of the tiger. Will that be a positive omen for LSU? After just missing double digit wins last year, the LSU Tigers look to use its strong recruiting class to vault itself back into national championship contention.

2009 was surely a disappointment for LSU’s offense. Finishing as one of the worst in the country, the team had a hard time moving the ball all season. Because of an offensive line that was both inexperienced and one of the smallest in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the Tigers could only manage 3.7 yards per carry and allowed 37 sacks. The team is hoping with a full year under their belt and some top recruits, the line will be much improved in 2010.

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Who the line will be blocking for is a big question facing the Tigers. Last year’s starter, Jordan Jefferson, threw for just over 2,000 yards and looked ineffective at many times. Look for junior Jarrett Lee to challenge for the position. Two highly touted running back recruits, Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill, will likely to get a lot of playing time this season with senior Richard Murphy.

The LSU Tigers defense is being described as everything from dominant to fierce. Starting in the secondary, arguably the best in the nation, this defense strikes fear into the hearts of opposing offensive coordinators. Shutdown cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne set the tone for the team. Kelvin Sheppard returns, along with his 110 tackles from last season, to lead a very underrated group of linebackers. Finally the front four, which may be considered the weakest part of the defense, should still be strong after adding five star recruit Anthony Johnson.

Head coach Les Miles did another great job of recruiting in 2010, landing the 2nd best class in the country according to ESPN scouting. If the Tigers can fix their offensive woes and rely on their tough defense, they have a chance to surprise a lot of people and challenge Alabama for the SEC title.

Louisiana State’s odds to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC): +800

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