SEC Football: Four most overrated teams in preseason top 25

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Oct 25, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles claps for his team during pre game warm ups on the field prior to kickoff against the Mississippi Rebels at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi 10-7. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

1. LSU Tigers

  • Preseason SEC Rank: Fourth overall, and third in the SEC West
  • Preseason Top 25 Rank: 13
  • Last Year: LSU finished 8-5 overall and fifth in the SEC West

2014 just wasn’t kind to the Tigers on the Bayou, as LSU lost three of their last four games and had other issues midseason. “Just who’s the quarterback gonna be”, is the main theme as the Tigers start fall camp, but there are other growing concerns now about depth, especially along the defensive front as Maquedius Bain left the team, he being the third defensive lineman to leave LSU since the spring.

LSU is traditionally a top ten recruiter and has some fantastic athletes across the board, but we started seeing last year that the mass exodus of players over the years for an early NFL ticket is starting to cause depth issues.

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And while big things are expected from Leonard Fournette at running back, if the Tigers cannot find a viable option at quarterback, this offense could stumble again in 2015. The Tigers completed right at 50 percent of their passes last year and that has to improve drastically for this team to be a viable threat in the SEC West.

Depth concerns in key areas, quarterback play and the always rugged SEC slate should be major concerns down in Baton Rouge.

It will be a disappointment if The Tigers again finish under nine wins. Seven of the last ten seasons, LSU football has produced double-digit wins, but last year was a major cause for concern as the Tigers hardly looked like a traditional LSU defense. The Tigers have big tests early against Mississippi State, Auburn, South Carolina and Florida. If the Tigers stumble in multiple games along that stretch, it could get dicey in Baton Rouge by season’s end.

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