LSU Morning Rush: Top Tigers stories of the day

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We look around the wide world web for the top stories of the day surrounding the LSU Tigers.

Derek Stingley Jr wins a Herbie Award

College football analyst Kirk Herbstreit handed out his Herbie Awards for the upcoming season. Current Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr was named for the most exciting player. Despite a down year in 2020, he still has six interceptions and 21 passes defended in 22 career games. Stingley is looking for a rebound year as he gets closer to heading to the next level with the NFL draft for 2022.

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LSU picked to finish third in the SEC West

CBS Sports put out their predictions for the SEC, the Tigers expected to finish third behind the Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies. Of the seven analysts polled, LSU was picked third in four of the seven. One had them second, one had them fifth, and one had them at the top.

Barrett Sallee had one bold prediction for the team:

LSU will rebound from its extremely disappointing 2020 season and look more like the 2019 team that ran the table and won the national title. This team won’t run the SEC, but it will top Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the second time in three years, win the SEC West with one loss (an upset by Ole Miss) and produce one of the most dangerous offenses in the country.

USA TODAY Sports predicts bowl matchup

After Thursday’s update where ESPN projected the LSU Tigers to face off with the Big Ten in the Outback Bowl, we have a different slot for the Bayou Bengals. Erick Smith is going with the Citrus Bowl in a Jan. 1 matchup against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

In the most not shocking manner, he projects Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Oklahoma as the four teams in the College Football Playoffs. The national championship would be the Tide facing the Sooners.