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Dr. Saturday will be looking at the 25 most interesting teams headed into spring football through March, examining which programs have the biggest questions, the most expectations and the best storylines. This isn’t a list of the 25 best teams going into the spring, just the 25 we’re keeping the closest eye on. Previously: Arkansas
What happened in 2012
This is life at LSU: Expectations are such that a 10-3 record, with all three losses against very good teams in close games including two losses in the final minute, is just not good enough.
Had LSU held on to beat Alabama, the 2012 season would have looked a lot different. But A.J. McCarron led a late touchdown drive, and instead of an 11-1 regular-season record and a trip to the SEC championship game and likely a BCS title game on the line, the Tigers were relegated to a December bowl game. And they lost on a last-second field goal to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. So had LSU’s defense gotten one more stop after holding McCarron and Alabama down most of the game, this might be about how well the Tigers are equipped to defend their national title.
Les Miles understands the life of an LSU coach, and signed a lucrative seven-year extension after an out-of-the-blue talk with Arkansas about that job. He’ll have the same expectations in 2013 that he did in 2012, which is that anything less than an SEC division title, at absolute minimum, won’t be celebrated in Baton Rouge.
What makes them interesting in 2013
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