Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: Football season is right around the corner and all of us here at Da Boot Sports are just as pumped as anyone... I personally think the Tigers will bounce back in a huge way, with hopefully a return trip to Atlanta at season's end to play for the SEC Championship and clinch a spot in the NCAA playoff.
We all got together to give you each of our staff member's thoughts and predictions on what the Tigers will do in 2021....
My 2021 LSU Football Prediction
I really believe LSU will bounce back big this season. All the piece's are there with a group of experienced and talented players lead by an impressive new coaching staff...
Below is my prediction for the LSU football team in 2021...
GAME 1: Sept. 4 at UCLA 7:30PM
The Tigers open the season on the road against the Bruins of UCLA in the Rose Bowl in a prime time matchup. Chip Kelly has a very experienced team which is returning 19 starters that will test LSU. The Bruins will also have a slight advantage by having played a game before this contest against Hawaii on August 28th.
The Tigers will pull away in the 4th quarter with an explosive offensive and a suffocating Tigers defense to lead the purple and gold to victory....
PREDICTION: LSU 38, UCLA 24 (1-0)
GAME 2: Sept. 11 McNeese State 7:00pm
The Tigers (1-0) take on the McNeese State Cowboys in their home opener and hopefully a jammed packed Tiger Stadium for the first time since 2019. LSU feeds off of the energy from the Death Valley crowd and dismantles an outmatched McNeese team. Coach O shows no mercy on his son, Cowboys' starting quarterback, Cody Orgeron as the Tigers win big with reserves getting to see some valuable playing time late...
PREDICTION: LSU 62, McNeese State 6 (2-0)
GAME 3: Sept. 18 Central Michigan 6:30pm
The Chippewas of Central Michigan come to Baton Rouge to face a red hot LSU team. The Tigers win easily and begin to look ahead to their first revenge game of the season in Starkville next weekend.
PREDICTION: LSU 41, Central Michigan 3 (3-0)
GAME 4: Sept. 25 at Mississippi State TBA
Coach O and the Tigers go into this one with a huge chip on their shoulders as they remember last year's season opener in Tiger Stadium well. LSU will flex their muscles, especially on defense, helping to begin Mike Leach's hot seat season.
PREDICTION: LSU 38, Mississippi State 14 (4-0)
GAME 5: Oct. 2 Auburn TBA
The 4-0 Tigers have had this one circled on the schedule also. Last season LSU lost ugly at Auburn 48-11. Pay back in Death Valley????? You bet.. A new head coach/coaching staff and an inconsistent Bo Nix could very well lead to snaps from T.J. Finley. Auburn has talent, especially on defense. But LSU continues to roll and prove to just be too much for Auburn in Tiger Stadium.
PREDICTION: LSU 34, Auburn 20 (5-0)
GAME 6: Oct. 9 at Kentucky TBA
The Wildcats have always played LSU tough. But the Tigers have no problem in Lexington against a Kentucky squad that simply can't match up to the Tigers talent.
PREDICTION: LSU 27, Kentucky 7 (6-0)
GAME 7: Oct. 16 Florida TBA
The Gators come to Death Valley with revenge on their minds but end up leaving with a loss that hurts their chances at winning the East.
PREDICTION: LSU 31, Florida 10 (7-0)
GAME 8: Oct. 23 at Ole Miss TBA
Most expect this one to be a trap game for the Tigers, but I just don't see Orgeron letting his team have a let down or over look a Ole Miss team that should have another high power offense. Coach O will always have his head coaching experience here at Oxford in the back of his mind. It's a personal game to him. He will make sure the Tigers are ready. The following week, the Tigers have a bye so there is no one to look ahead to. Orgeron adds to the Rebel fan bases hatred for him..
PREDICTION: LSU 48, Ole Miss 31 (8-0)
GAME 9: Nov. 6 at Alabama TBA
What will be built up as the college football regular season game of the year, the 3rd ranked, 8-0 Tigers will head into Tuscaloosa against the #1 ranked, 8-0 Crimson Tide. The Tigers put up a great fight and it will take Bama 3 OTs to defeat LSU. The Tigers head home with their first defeat of the season.
PREDICTION: Alabama 54, LSU 52 3-OTs (8-1)
GAME 10: Nov. 13 Arkansas TBA
The Tigers return home mentally drained with bumps and bruises from the epic overtime battle from the previous weekend. The Razorbacks put up a good fight, but the Tigers know they still have a lot to play for and with an electric Tiger Stadium crowd behind them, they pull out a close victory.
PREDICTION: LSU 24, Arkansas 20 (9-1)
GAME 11: Nov. 20 ULM TBA
LSU takes out frustrations on the Warhawks, resting several starters in the second half and giving some young reserves some valuable game snaps.
PREDICTIONS: LSU 77, ULM 6 (10-1)
GAME 12: Nov. 27 Texas A&M TBA
The Tigers host a Texas A&M team who is ending a disappointing regular season with 8 wins. The game is close for three quarters before the LSU defense and the LSU running game both take control of the contest. The Tigers send the Aggies home with a 8-4 record.
PREDICTION: LSU 38, Texas A&M 27 (11-1)
The Tigers sit home and watch Alabama beat Georgia in the SEC Championship game, but are able to qualify for the NCAA playoffs drawing the #3 seed. #1 Alabama will play #4 Clemson while LSU will battle #2 Oklahoma.
LSU downs the Sooners to advance to the championship game where they will rematch Alabama in an all-SEC national championship game.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Jan. 10 LSU vs. Alabama
The rematch! Many of us still have nightmares from the 2012 national championship game when Bama dominated the LSU offense winning the title with a 21-0 victory in the New Orleans Super Dome.. History will not repeat itself. Coach O, this coaching staff, and these players will find a new level to play at and win the rematch to take the national championship. The loss will lead to Alabama head coach Nick Saban announcing his retirement a couple of weeks later.
PREDICTION: LSU 31, Alabama 27 (13-1)