Athlon Sports considers three SEC teams to be among college football’s largest wild cards for the 2018 season.
On Thursday, Steven Lassan included LSU, Florida and Texas A&M within a list of teams that are hardest to project for the coming campaign. The post is titled, “10 Biggest Wild Card College Football Teams in 2018,” but the entire Big 12 is included as one entry.
Click here to see the complete list. Below are snippets of what Lassan wrote about the SEC mentions.
On LSU: “LSU has finished in the final Associated Press poll 15 times out of the last 18 seasons. Barring major improvement on offense, 7-5 isn’t out of the question.”
On Florida: “The Gators aren’t going to challenge Georgia for the SEC East title. However, there’s more than enough talent in place to potentially double last year’s win total.”
On Texas A&M: “The biggest concerns for [Jimbo] Fisher rest on the offensive line and depth at defensive end. If Fisher can maximize the talent on the roster and develop some of the younger players, Texas A&M has enough pieces in place to be a top 25 team.”
Questions about Florida and Texas A&M are fair. The Gators are beginning a new era under coach Dan Mullen, and the Aggies are entering their first year under Fisher. Likely, this will be a fall of growing pains for both programs as Mullen and Fisher try to position their respective teams to make runs in future seasons.
LSU, meanwhile, is 15-6 under coach Ed Orgeron. Some pundits have placed Orgeron on the SEC’s hottest seat entering the 2018 season. The Tigers must show more life offensively under coordinator Steve Ensminger after weak production last season under then-coordinator Matt Canada.
The Tigers are in the running for Ohio State grad transfer quarterback Joe Burrow. His addition would help LSU’s cause. But the Tigers must show progress this year for Orgeron to gain much-needed momentum in Baton Rouge.
The situations at LSU, Florida and Texas A&M will be interesting to follow.