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LSU Seeks to Become Kelly’s Heroes in 2022

CFB 2022 Future Betting: LSU Tigers

The most shocking news from the 2022 College football betting coaching carousel was Brian Kelly leaving Notre Dame to start over at LSU.  But these days, LSU is the program with more upside and national championship potential.  Notre Dame has found a limit on how far it can go in today’s environment.  However, the LSU football program is in serious need of some bold action.  LSU is less than three years removed from a 15–0 season and a national championship.  Since then, the Bayou Bengals have been a mediocre 11–12.

CFB 2022 Future Betting: LSU Tigers

2022 LSU Tigers CashBet Future Odds: Over/Under Win Total 7.5
Odds to Win National Championship +7520
Odds to Win SEC Conference +3500

Kelly Inherits Gutted Out Roster

Last January, LSU was down to less than 40 scholarship players for their Texas Bowl loss to K-State.  But Kelly believes he can return to 84 scholarship players by August.  Such online sportsbook problems are why Kelly is now on the Bayou.    Kelly’s staff has the relentless task of rebuilding a championship contender in college football’s toughest division.

Quarterback Quandary for Kelly’s Offense

Last January, LSU’s quarterback room was wiped out for the bowl game.  Thus, receiver Jontre Kirklin, a high school quarterback, was forced into betting on college football action.  Somehow, the Tigers had a full quarterback room at the start of spring practice in late March.  Such is the power of the transfer portal in 2022.

At the beginning of the depth chart is sixth-year senior Myles Brennan.  Brennan hasn’t played since early 2020 because of injuries.  He was talked back from the bet on NCAAF transfer portal by Kelly.  Next is former Arizona State starter Jayden Daniels, who transferred in just before spring football.  And then there is redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier, who saw limited action in 2021.  Also in the mix is a true freshman mid-term enrollee in Walker Howard, the son of former Tiger quarterback Jamie Howard.

The man that wins the starting quarterback job will have one of the nation’s top betting on NCAAF receiving threats in Kayshon Boutte.  Getting him to return was a major achievement for Kelly’s first team.  Also, on the positive side was getting senior running back John Emery Jr. eligible after he lost his 2021 season with academic trouble.

Meanwhile, the offensive line returns three players who started games last season.  Offensive line coach Brad Davis served as LSU’s interim coach for the Texas Bowl.  Specifically, he was the only holdover from former head coach Ed Orgeron’s staff.

Also, Kelly hired former McNeese head coach Frank Wilson as the running backs coach.  Most important of all, Wilson brings strong recruiting ties to the state.  Kelly also sought out an old hand by hiring offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock.  Denbrock spent the previous five seasons at Cincinnati, where he developed one of America’s most dynamic offenses.

Defending The Bayou

For the defense, Kelly appointed former Kansas City Chiefs linebackers coach Matt House as his coordinator.  The Tigers will go with a three-man front with top pass rusher BJ Ojulari assigned to linebacker.  The defensive front is stout with the surprising return of senior end Ali Gaye.  But the Tigers will have a seriously retooled defensive back lineup.

Specifically, at punter, Kelly is importing Jay Bramblett.  The senior who handled those duties for him at Notre Dame. Bramblett averaged 43.1 yards per punt last season, with 19 of his punts downed inside the 20.  The placekicking duties will probably go to freshman Nathan Dibert.

The unusually large roster turnover on LSU’s roster means that the Tigers are a challenging team to evaluate.  If Brian Kelly can sort out the lineup, the schedule will allow for a potential surprise season.


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