The 2005 Vols never resolved their quarterback dilemma and wound up finishing 5-6. Perhaps Les Miles' Tigers will learn from Tennessee's mistake and avoid a similar mishap in 2006. You know the old saying: Those who don't learn from history are destined to repeat it.
Certainly, you can make a strong case for each of LSU's quarterback contenders. Russell completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,443 yards last fall. Flynn completed 56.2 percent for a mere 457 yards but posted a better passer-efficiency rating (180.18 to 136.56). He also threw one touchdown pass for every seven attempts (7 of 48), compared to Russell's one TD per 21 attempts (15 of 311). And Flynn was downright awesome in LSU's 40-3 Peach Bowl blowout of Miami.
If Les Miles' Tigers can settle on a quarterback plan that works they could challenge for the league championship. Despite the loss of first-round NFL Draft pick Joseph Addai, LSU has a nice 1-2 punch at tailback in Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent. Moreover, Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis and Early Doucet might be the SEC's best trio of receivers.
Still, Miles' biggest concern may be a schedule that features Southeastern Conference road games at Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas. If the Tigers are good enough to win all four of those games, they should claim the national title.
TOMORROW: My take on Mike Shula's Alabama Crimson Tide.