The LSU Tigers finished 2013 on a 1-5 ATS slump despite going 4-2 SU over that six-game stretch.
They'll need to rely on their signature defense to compete in the SEC, going off at 13/2 to win the conference title.
LSU's offense was one of its strengths in 2013, averaging 35.8 PPG to lead the team to a 10-3 SU and 5-7-1 ATS season. The Tigers will have a whole slew of new faces on offense this season however with QB Zach Mettenberger, leading rusher Jeremy Hill and the team's top three wide receivers all departed to the NFL.
There are some great young players ready to step in at these positions, but there are likely to be some growing pains for the offense over the course of the season.
The Tigers also lost some key players on defense, but there are enough returning starters and prized recruits on that side of the ball for LSU to feel very confident on defense coming into the season. They get tiny Sam Houston State as a Week 2 tuneup.
LSU ranked 15th in the nation in total defense and 21st in scoring defense last year and should be as good or better again in 2014. After trending towards the OVER in 2013 at 8-4-1, LSU's current makeup could be more catered towards the UNDER.
The schedule doesn't do LSU too many favors this season. The Tigers have back to back road games against Auburn and Florida in the middle of their schedule and end the year with a pair of potentially tricky road games at Arkansas and Texas A&M.
LSU does get Alabama at home this season, but the Crimson Tide are 5-2 SU in their last seven games against LSU including a current streak of 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings between the two SEC rivals.
LSU is going off at 22/1 to win the national championship and 5/1 to win the SEC West.
The talent is here for the Tigers to find their way into the SEC title game, but trying to top both Auburn and Alabama in the SEC West with so many newcomers on offense will take a special kind of season.