Early 2022 SEC predictions and superlatives

It has been quite some time since our last morning rush, so what better time than now to bring it back? In this edition, we have Athlon Sports’ early 2022 SEC predictions. Of course, these can change at any moment with new information, but we will journey down this path. We also have the not-so-bright superlatives from 2021 to get to as well.

We will start with how the LSU Tigers are “expected” to finish in 2022 according to one media outlet.

Early predictions for the SEC

It is never too early to talk next season right? Well, Athlon Sports put together their predictions for the 2022 season in the SEC. The not-so-great part of this has the LSU Tigers finished fourth, in the West. It is a realistic scenario in which they finish behind Alabama, Texas A&M, and Arkansas in the upcoming season.

Steve Lassan breaks down the offense and as expected the biggest question mark is on the offensive line.

The Tigers might be the biggest wild card team in the SEC next year. Brian Kelly is the right hire for the Bayou Bengals, but the roster features several pressing questions. Myles Brennan opted to return to Baton Rouge instead of transferring, which gives LSU a proven quarterback to lean on in ’22. Receiver Kayshon Boutte is back from injury and should push for All-America honors. Restocking the offensive line and finding a more consistent (and productive) ground game is a must.

On defense, it really comes down to that secondary that lost major pieces in 2021. There could be some major growing pains on the backside of this group.

Defensively, the linebacker and cornerback spots top the list of concerns for Kelly and new coordinator Matt House. Talent is never an issue at LSU. But how fast can Kelly fill the voids in his first year?

Full SEC standings prediction

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