SUN 9/2 | 7:30 PM EDT | AT&T STADIUM
Miami was “back” in 2017’and then it wasn’t.But it was clear that Mark Richt has a good thing going at Hard Rock Stadium, a 10-0 record gave way to three straight losses to end the season.. Although there’s churn along the line the defense that became famous for its celebratory turnover chain returns playmakers like LB Shaquille Quarterman and S Jaquan Johnson. As is mercurial quarterback Malik Rosier plenty of weapons are back on offense. The Hurricanes could find themselves in the conference title game for a second straight season if he can stay consistent.
- Hurricanes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Under is 6-0 in Hurricanes last 6 neutral site games.
- Hurricanes are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.
The feel around Baton Rouge is one of uncertainty, is it put-up-or-shut-up time for coach Ed Orgeron? While the rest of the West seems to be improving. The former offensive coordinator who was let go after just one season orgeron’s contentious relationship with Matt Canada, speaks to the state of the program. Still, it will always recruit loads of NFL-caliber talent, especially on defense. There are more questions about the offense, especially QB, the Tigers’ perpetual Achilles heel. This season, junior linebacker Devin White will unleash what defensive coordinator Dave Aranda cooks up on the field. Danny Etling is gone, which is hardly a death sentence, but there’s no sense of a true starter. Combine all of this with one of the toughest schedules in the country, and it could be a down year for LSU.
- Under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 neutral site games.
- Tigers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
- Tigers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games in September.
The Hurricanes return most of their starters from last year’s 10-win breakout campaign in Mark Richt’s first season at the helm. They should be in good shape for a second straight ACC title game appearance. The Tigers recovered nicely from their embarrassing loss to Troy to finish strong. But their best players on both sides of the ball, RB Derrius Guice and LB Arden Key, have departed for the NFL. This LSU club will be a work in progress and much better toward the season’s end. But the Week 1 lies squarely with the Hurricanes.
Prediction: MIAMI (FLA.) -3