LSU Football 2001 Preview

This is another segment in a series of previews on every SEC football and basketball team.

LSU Bayou Bengals

Coach: Nick Saban
2000 Record: 8-4, 5-3 SEC
Returning Starters: 7 Offense, 10 Defense

All-Star Candidates:  WR Josh Reed, ILB Trev Faulk, TE Robert Royal, QB Rohan Davey, OLB Bradie James.

2001 Schedule
Sep. 1 Tulane
Sep. 8 Utah State
Sep. 15 Auburn
Sep. 29 at Tennessee
Oct. 6 Florida
Oct. 13 at Kentucky
Oct. 20 at Mississippi State
Oct. 27 Ole Miss
Nov. 3 at Alabama
Nov. 10 Middle Tennessee
Nov. 24 Arkansas

Strengths: Quarterback, wide receiver.  Team depth.

Weaknesses: NA

Key Game: Florida,  October 6.  The Tigers fell to the Gators 41-9 in Gainseville last season and need need to top Florida if they are to contend for the National Championship.

Coach Saban says:<P>

"Last year we won two games in overtime, two games in fourth quarter and another game in the second half. Those were five wins that were not wins where put the team away. Really good teams, teams that win championships, have the ability because of the standard of excellence to think they are the more dominant team."

"We Proved we could play 60 minutes. Now we need to prove we can be dominant for 60 minutes and put some teams away in first half or finish them in second half. Every game can't come down to the wire. If we give those opportunities, teams be lot more prepared than year ago."

Overall projection: Expect LSU to win 9-11 games and the SEC West.  They've got just about everyone back from the 2000 team.  Rohan Davey is a dangerous quarterback who has tremendous ability to throw under pressure.


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