After recording double-digit victories for the first time in two-plus seasons under current head coach Ed Orgeron and for the first time in five years overall, the LSU Tigers are hopping to take another step forward to challenge perennially powerful Alabama in the SEC while putting themselves in the mix for a berth in the four-team College Football Playoff.
Whether the Tigers soar or play mostly mediocre football this coming season remains to be seen, but there are a bunch of things you need to know about the Tigers before they take to the gridiron in 2019. Let’s get started with my expert betting guide on LSU’s upcoming campaign.
LSU Tigers 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 10-3 (W-L) / 7-6-0 (ATS) / 4-4-0 (Home) / 3-2-0 (Away) / 6-5-0 (Grass) / 1-1-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 7-5-1 (W-L) / 4-3-1 (Home) / 3-2-0 (Away) / 6-4-1 (Grass) / 1-1-0 (Turf) / 54.2 (Total)
The Tigers went 10-3 last season to reach the double-digit win mark for the first time since 2013. LSU capped off their season by getting past Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. The SEC title hopefuls went 7-6 ATS while covering the chalk four times at home. LSU also recorded a modest 7-5-1 O/U mark while topping their total four times at home and three on the road.
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Nick Brossette (14)
- Rushing: Nick Brossette (1039)
- Passing: Joe Burrow (2894)
- Receiving: Justin Jefferson (875)
- Interceptions: Grant Delpit (5)
A year ago, the Tigers got a team-high 14 touchdowns and 1,039 rushing yards from senior running back Nick Brossette while now, senior quarterback Joe Burrow passed for 2,894 yards despite completing an underwhelming 57.8 percent of his passes. Sophomore wide receiver Justin Jefferson caught 54 passes for a team-high 875 yards while sophomore safety Grant Delpit recorded a team-high five interceptions. While Brossette is gone due to graduation, all of LSU’s other team leaders from last season will be back in 2019.
- Total Yards: 402.1 / Rank 69
- Passing Yards: 228.5 / Rank 67
- Rushing Yards: 173.6 /Rank 59
- Points Scored: 32.4 / Rank 38
- Field Goal %: 87.9 / Rank 10
The Tigers were solid, but not great offensively in ranking 69th overall, 67th in passing, 59th in rushing and an encouraging 38th in scoring (32.4 ppg).
- Total Yards: 338.7 / Rank 26
- Passing Yards: 200.1 / Rank 38
- Rushing Yards: 138.6 /Rank 34
- Points Allowed: 21.8 / Rank 26
- Field Goal %: 76.5 / Rank 82
While the Tigers were solid on offense, they were borderline outstanding defensively in ranking 26th overall, 38th against the pass, 34th against the run and 26th in points allowed (21.8 ppg).
The Tigers return seven starters on offense and another eight on defense so there’s plenty of experience back on both sides of the ball. Another positive for the Tigers would appear to be the hiring of former New Orleans Saints offensive assistant Joe Brady as LSU’s passing game coordinator. LSU has four starting offensive linemen back and are expecting senior quarterback Joe Burrow to take another step forward in his evolution as he will now play in a more explosive offense that the former Ohio State transfer says he’s used to playing in.
LSU also managed to nab the the nation’s No. 2-ranked running back prospect in freshman John Emery Jr. while gifted wide receiver Justin Jefferson is back, although the rest of the receiving group will be mostly inexperienced. The bad news is that the Tigers lost a pair of super elite stars on defense in Butkus award-winning linebacker Devin White and All-American cornerback Greedy Williams.
LSU has what looks like a relatively tough schedule that features a difficult Week 2 road date against Texas and another tough road date at rival Alabama. LSU also has its share of tough home games against Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M. I’m thinking the Tigers are going to suffer at least two regular season losses and quite possibly, three defeats. I’m not real sure that Orgeron is the right guy for the job and I suspect he’ll be on a short leash for the next season or two at most.