Dusty Dvoracek submits surprising SEC team as national championship contender in 2023
Dusty Dvoracek knew it was “crazy” from the outset, but explained anyway.
LSU could make it to the national championship this season.
“I think they’ve got a real chance to play for a national championship, Year 2, Brian Kelly, is that crazy,” he said on SiriusXM College. “Jayden Daniels is back, they’ve got a bunch — they didn’t lose many guys at all. They’ve got dudes.”
He then referenced the LSU-Florida State game being “off the charts,” and then opened a discussion about other Year 2 coaches, like Jim Tressel and Bob Stoops, who had this kind of success.
“There’s something interesting about Year 2s and LSU is a team I would say to keep an eye on,” he said.
Our @DustyDvoracek has high expectations for @LSUfootball in Brian Kelly’s second year as Head Coach.
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— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) March 7, 2023
This Year 2 discussion also left out Georgia’s Kirby Smart, who had a berth in the national title game that season. Nick Saban and Ryan Day at Alabama and Ohio State also saw notable improvements in their second season, or first full season.
There’s one thing certain that a returning quarterback with experience goes a long way toward being in the College Football Playoff mix.
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Seems very unlikely. Too many missing pieces, and the QB hasn’t really shown much ability. I would be surprised if it happened.
Compare this team to the 2019 team. Okay, maybe that’s not fair. Compare it to Georgia. We have new starters, probably transfers, at both CB positions. We don’t know who our third WR will be. We have an OL that gave up 4 sacks per game, and that was with a mobile QB. We did okay in most stats, usually around 30th nationally, but 63rd in run defense, and we lost 3 of our 4 starting defensive linemen and our leading tackler. There’s reason for optimism, but a national championship?
We aren’t competing against 2019 LSU or last year’s UGA team. The CB’s should be an upgrade. Mason Smith being back is huge for the DLine. Hopefully Anderson is our 3rd receiver. The freshmen on the OLine should be improved. I’m certainly not expecting a national title this season, but every team has issues and concerns at this time. If LSU can stay healthy, they have a shot.
2019 LSU defense was not what carried them. In fact it was one of the worst ever for a National Champ.
If our OLine shows the improvement they should and bringing back nearly the whole unit, our offense should take a big step forward.
But to predict a Natty? I’m not going there.
Hopefully LSU ends the Clown School hype charade in Orlando.
Road trips to Starkville, Oxford, and Tuscaloosa. Tough slate to go 3-0 through.
I’m not overly concerned about the two Mississippi schools. If LSU wants to be a national title contender, those are games they have to win. The trip to Alabama is a different story, but they did lose several key players. LSU certainly has a shot.
Why is that “surprising”? They finished in the top 20 and have a returning starting QB. Their last four recruiting classes are: 5,7,3 and 4. Any logical person would put them in the top 10.
LSU legit championship contender and Jayden Daniels legit Heisman contender. And it only gets better.