In doing some of our preseason college football schedule analysis we stumbled upon something in the SEC worth noting. Whoever made LSU's conference schedule
must have it out for the Tigers. For starters, LSU draws Georgia and Florida from the East Division. Based on regular season over/under wins, those are the top two teams in the East with the Bulldogs lined at 10.5 wins and the Gators 8. Next, and most important, is how many SEC teams play LSU off of bye week
. In Week 8, LSU will be playing its fourth straight SEC game while Mississippi State enters off of a bye. In Week 11, after playing rival Alabama, the Tigers travel to Arkansas who comes in off of a bye week. Only twice does LSU play a conference foe that played a league game the week prior: Florida at Mississippi State and then vs. LSU; Georgia vs. Vanderbilt and then at LSU. Overall, there are three teams (Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi State) that face LSU rested and ready. South Carolina plays two squads (Ole Miss and Missouri) off of a bye. Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Florida all have bye weeks that essentially cancel each other out because of traditional rivalries. LSU does get a boost by playing Georgia and Alabama in Baton Rouge but oddsmakers don't appear to have much faith in the Tigers with their current season win total sitting at 7un-125 (5Dimes). Since Nick Saban took over in 2000, LSU has never won fewer than seven regular season games.