Peter Burns has a ton of faith in his LSU Tigers.
Sitting in for the absent Paul Finebaum on Monday, the SEC Network host took over the hosting responsibilities for the “Paul Finebaum Show” and one of the topics on his mind during the first hour of the program was LSU’s opener against Miami in Arlington. Burns was joined by LSU insider and ESPN 104.5/104.9 Baton Rouge host Matt Moscona to discuss the team as Ed Orgeron’s program gears up for fall camp in the coming days and the opener against the Hurricanes.
Despite the fact that Miami is a consensus three-point favorite in the game heading into August, Burns stated his opinion that the Tigers will win the game by “2+ touchdowns” on Twitter:
And LSU will roll Miami by 2+ touchdowns. https://t.co/nfV1JVKasB
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) July 23, 2018
Here’s what Burns had to say about the importance of this game for LSU during Hour 1 of the Finebaum Show.
“I liken the LSU-Miami opener as arguably the biggest opener for LSU football in maybe a decade,” Burns said. “Simply because of the fact, you lose that game all of a sudden I think the wheels get a little wobbly right off the bat. You win that game, all of a sudden people may start buying in that haven’t already bought into all this LSU team is going to be better — especially on the offensive and defensive line.”
Later in the conversation, Burns asked his guest if Joe Burrow will start for the Tigers:
“I would be shocked if he didn’t,” Moscona answered. “You don’t bring him here to sit. If coming out of spring, they were confident or content, that guy is the guy right now.”
That belief is supported by the betting public as well, as the LSU quarterback competition has been taken off BetDSI’s prop bet list following heavy action.
This isn’t the first time Burns has made a bold offseason prediction to get people talking about the Finebaum Show during one of his appearances — back in 2015 he said he thought Alabama could lose four games in the regular season (Alabama went 14-1 and won the national title that season).
We’ll see if he does better this time with his offseason prediction.