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I'd rather face the lions in the coliseum
than the Tigers in Baton Rogue.
Bobby Dodd

2002 Overall Record:  8-5
Conference Record:  5-3
 
Returning Starters:  Offense 8, Defense 7, Kicker/Punter 1

Next Game: August 30 vs UL-Monroe @ Baton Rouge

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SEC West Out of Conference Opponents

2003 Forecast:

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The Bayou Bengals return 8 offensive and 7 defensive starters from last year's squad that finished 8-5 (2-4 in the last 6 games).  They were one drive away from a return trip to Atlanta and the SEC championship game.  The Tigers are picked by many to challenge Auburn for top billing in the SEC West, and with good reason.
 
The OOC schedule is cream-puff (Louisiana Monroe, Arizona, Western Illinois, and La Tech).  The Tigers get Georgia, Florida, Auburn, and Arkansas at home.
 
Coach Nick Saban is building his type of club in Baton Rouge.  After 3 great recruiting seasons (#1 this last year by most accounts), the Tigers have depth at the line positions.  The Tigers have big asses on the line, and world class speed to burn at the skill positions.
 
Last year, LSU was marching towards the SEC West crown after a drubbing of Florida in Gainesville.  In the closing minutes of that game, the life was sucked out of them.  A foot injury to QB Matt Mauck sidelined him for the remainder of the season.  The expulsion from the team of safety Damien James, a couple of weeks later, sealed their fate.  The Tigers floundered late and lost to Arkansas on a last second desperation heave (Arkansas? Throw?) that gave Arkansas the right to represent the SEC West in the SEC title game.
 
QB matt Mauck returns.  His playing injury free is the key to the Tigers' fate this year.  The other postion of concern this year for LSU is the defensive backfield.  3 starters were lost last year.  Safety Jack Hunt has experience, but is undersized.
 
Joseph Addai will get the bulk of the carries.  WR Michael Clayton may be another Josh Reed, but the Tigers must get him the ball this year.  MLB Lionel Turner will head the defense for the Tigers.  CB Corey Webster had 7 interceprions last year.
 
Experience, speed, size, and depth.
 
The Tigers, if injury is avoided at the QB slot, will challenge for the crown.
 
Prediction:  9-3 Overall.  5-3 SEC.  The Tigers will play in a major bowl (possibly BCS) again.  Top 15 ranking.

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LSU News:

CFN 2003 LSU Tigers Preview

8-21 LSU's Jones set at punter; Gaudet, Jackson battle at kicker

8-21 Saban pleased with Tigers in wet scrimmage

8-20 Saban adds speed to give different look

8-20 Plugging holes

8-20 Saban foresees truly special teams

8-19 Amp Hill-Hurt MCL and PCL a week ago

8-10 West gives up minor leagues to play at LSU

8-9 Tigers turn to sophomore Williams to replace Allen at defensive tackle

8-8 Saban counting on Vaughn to boost defense

8-7 Saban impressed by Tigers' first workout

8-7 Tigers in good shape as they open practice

8-7 Addai LSU's top tailback

8-7 Hard to knock a healthy Mauck

8-6 Questions for LSU to answer

8-5 Saban concerned as Tigers report

8-2 Baby might put Peterman on sideline

8-1 Saban seeking heart, desire

8-1 Family life won't slow LSU lineman

7-31 Fans, atmosphere earn Tiger Stadium No. 5 ranking

7-31 LSU players test experimental helmet

7-29 Saban can rest easy at Media Days

7-25 Saban gives deposition in academic fraud suit

7-24 Glenn Guilbeau: Looking ahead to basketball season

7-23 Henry named SEC Women's Indoor Co-Coach of Year

7-22 Football team lands eighth commitment for 2004 season

7-18 Coach banged head, was unconscious under water

7-17 'Bluegrass Miracle' nets ESPY

7-13 LSU looking at 'Plan B' to upgrade athletic facilities

7-13 Saban wants what others already have

7-8 Women's basketball attendance makes quantum leap

7-7 Saban embraces life as LSU's coach

7-3 LSU's Johnson gets call to play on United States team in Croatia

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SEC Sports Smack note:  The Tigers are making strides to become a dominant player in the SEC.  Three solid recruiting years (2 great ones) have given the Tigers depth at key positions, and are well coached.
 
I think the Tigers are a year and a quarterback away from greatness.  But, if Mauck's return is anywhere close to his game vs Florida last year, watch out.  If he doesn't, do not be surprised to see either of the true freshman QB's (J. Russell or Flynn) get the start by mid-season. 

Tiger Stadium (91,600)
National Championship:  1958
SEC Championships:  1935, 36, 58, 61, 70, 86, 88, 2001
Alltime Record:  636-367-47
Bowl Record:  16-17-1

2003 LSU Tigers Football Schedule

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