Michelle Southern reporting.
The SEC Media projections are out and the 2017 LSU football team is picked to finish behind Alabama and Auburn in the SEC West. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says these projections aren't surprising, especially when it comes to Alabama who continues to be the well-deserved favorite in the West.
He says reporters are also big on Auburn right now.
"They bring in a transfer quarterback in Jarrett Stidham who they think can really fit Gus Malzahn's offense and take them to the next level," said Worsham.
LSU is picked number four to outright win the SEC Championship, behind Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.
Worsham says there is a lot of hype about the Bulldogs right now too as they have 10 starters back on defense, and talented sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason.
He says the good news for LSU fans is that SEC projections tend to be wrong.
"The SEC Media has been high on Tennessee the last couple of years in the East, and they haven't really delivered," said Worsham. "They've even been high on LSU in recent years and LSU hasn't lived up to the standards."
Worsham says this LSU football team is one of the most difficult to predict that he's seen in a long time. He says there are a ton of questions headed into the season.
"You're replacing a lot of standouts defensively, there are some questions on offense, particularly at wide receiver," said Worsham. "And you've got a new coach and a new offensive coordinator...AND you've got to add in the fact that LSU has to play five road games in the SEC which is very rare."