2015 Football Preview: LSU Tigers

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Oct 25, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cheerleaders perform for fans prior to kickoff against the Mississippi Rebels at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Although the LSU Tigers football team lost some defensive workhorses to the professional level after the 2014 season, most of the offense returns to Baton Rouge in 2015.

Coach Les Miles and the Tigers had sort of a down year in 2014, falling to 8-5 as Mississippi State and Ole Miss rose to prominence in the SEC West.

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In 2015, the Tigers will return to the top of the SEC West alongside Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss in a four-way battle for the top spot in one of the nation’s toughest football conferences.   And if it is not the hardest, it’s definitely the most competitive.

The biggest storyline circling this LSU team during the offseason was the departure of defensive coordinator John Chavis to SEC West rival Texas A&M. His replacement, Kevin Steele is primarily a guy who runs the 3-4 defense – at least thats what his defenses used in his last SEC job at Alabama from 2013 to 2014.  There he served as the linebackers coach under Nick Saban.

The Tigers will rely on the running game of star running back Leonard Fournette to score points and a newly coached defense to keep them ahead in games. We will see what this season has in store for LSU.

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