In annual Herbie Awards, college football analyst says LSU could contend for national title _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field for the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU lost 34-29.

At least one college football expert thinks the LSU Tigers could find themselves among the elite four college football playoff teams at the end of the 2015 season.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, in his annual Herbie Awards, picks LSU to win the Southeastern Conference championship (over runner-up Tennessee) and contend for the national championship. Ultimately, Herbstreit picks Ohio State to win it all.

While Tiger players have garnered several preseason accolades, LSU has generally been considered a middle-of-the-pack SEC team this season and an unlikely national championship contender.

Herbstreit will discuss his reasoning during the Herbies Preseason Special at 5 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

LSU gets several other mentions in the Herbies, which feature such “awards” as “The Enforcer,” “Best-Kept Secret” and “Unsung Warrior.” Here are LSU’s nominations:

• The Enforcer: Jamal Adams

• Top Cover Men: Tre’Davious White

• Ultimate Game-Changer: Leonard Fournette

• Unsung Warrier: Kendell Beckwith

• Looks the Part: Leonard Fournette

Alas, LSU players failed to win any individual awards.

See the entire Herbie Awards feature here.