Our colleagues at College Football News continue their preview of the 2021 college football season. This time a preview with game-by-game predictions for the entire Southeastern Conference.

After winning everything in 2019, the Louisiana State Tigers took a giant step back with a 5-5 record to complete the 2020 campaign shortened by the pandemic. The team had to replace star quarterback Joe Burrow, a stud receiver in Justin Jefferson among the others.

Quarterback Myles Brennan put together some big numbers in just three games as he shared time with Max Johnson and TJ Finley. When Finley is gone, it depends on the elder Brennan or the second Johnson. The team also has questions about their running backs with Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery Jr.Can the duo increase production in 2021?

Can a young stallion without Terrace Marshall Jr or Ja’Marr Chase who went to the NFL be up to the opportunity? Last year, Kayshon Boutte led the team in receiving yards but shared the goals of Arik Gilbert (now at Georgia) and Marshall (NFL). Without another primary goal, Boutte will get the opportunity to be the featured pass catcher.


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CFN predicts the Tigers will finish second in the SEC West Division. LSU Tigers Wire takes a look at the game-to-game breakdown:

September 4th: at UCLA Bruins

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LSU will travel to the Rose Bowl for the first time in the regular season. This will be the first game for the Tigers in the historic stadium, which hosts the Rose Bowl and many Super Bowl games every year.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 1-0

September 11th: McNeese State Cowboys

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These two schools met in the 2010 season. The Tigers went away with a 32:10 win in Baton Rouge as the winner. That year LSU won the Cotton Bowl Classic bowl game against today’s SEC rival Texas A&M.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 2-0

September 18: Central Michigan Chippewas

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For the third game without a conference before the SEC kick-off, the Tigers will host Central Michigan. This will be the first meeting between the two schools and CFN predicts a perfect start for the 2021 campaign.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 3-0

September 25th: with the Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Almost a year before last year’s debacle, the Tigers travel to Starkville to take on the Bulldogs. This time around, Myles Brennan and Co. should be much better prepared for Mississippi State and head coach Mike Leach. The LSU leads in the all-time series 75-36-3.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 4-0

Oct 2: Auburn Tigers

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Much like the game in Mississippi State the week before, LSU will have revenge on their minds after losing 48:11 last season. LSU leads the all-time series 31-23-1 in the Battle of the Tigers.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 5-0

October 9: at Kentucky Wildcats

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Kentucky and Louisiana State haven’t met on the field since 2014, with the SEC East squad aiming to defeat the Tigers in Lexington. However, CFN sees this in favor of the Bayou Bengals. LSU leads the all-time series 40-16-1.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 6-0

October 16: Florida Gators


Last year’s meeting between LSU and Florida was an all-time classic for all the wrong reasons. It was a shoe throw that ultimately resulted in the Gators falling after a missed field goal when regulation ended. CFN sees no retaliation for the Gators. Florida leads the all-time series 33-31-3.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 7-0

October 23: at Ole Miss Rebels

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Before the open date on the schedule, LSU must travel to Ole Miss to take on the rebels. For the first time this season, CFN sees the Tigers fall. The defeat would mean a winning streak of five games for LSU, the Tigers hold the all-time series lead 64-40-4.

CFN prediction: loss

Record number: 7-1

November 6: Alabama Crimson Tide

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Alabama and LSU, one of the biggest rivalries in any sport, go on a collision course in Tuscaloosa on November 6th. The Tigers have not won any consecutive games since the 2010-11 season as it has been a struggle for them overall. LSU is looking for revenge, but will likely fall short, as CFN predicts. Alabama leads the all-time series 54-26-5.

CFN prediction: loss

Record number: 7-2

November 13: Arkansas Razorbacks

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LSU and Arkansas will play for the Boot Trophy in their matchup. LSU has not lost this match since 2015, last season the Tigers won 27-24. The all-time series record favored the state of Louisiana, 42-22-2.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 8-2

November 20: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

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For the first time since the 2014 season, the national opponents LSU and Louisiana-Monroe meet in Death Valley. They have met three times in their history since 2003, with each game being played in Baton Rouge. In 2014, LSU won this match 31-0 on the way to an 8-5 record.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 9-2

November 27th: Texas A&M Aggies

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At the season finale, LSU will host the Aggies to Death Valley. These two teams have developed quite a rivalry since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012. During this period the Tigers have a 7-2 record against them. Overall, the LSU owns the all-time series 34-22-3.

CFN prediction: Win

Record number: 10-2