LSU coach Ed Orgeron begins his second season as the Tigers' fulltime coach on Sept. 2 against Miami in Arlington, Texas.

The Advocate's LSU beat team predicts the outcome of Sunday's game with Miami ...


LSU 21, Miami 19

The drama is finally over: LSU has its quarterback and the distractions of August have given way to September hope for Ed Orgeron and the Tigers. Orgeron said last week the things that happened in preseason camp galvanized his team. That, and a rock-solid defense that makes big plays, get LSU through this tough season opener.


Miami 23, LSU 16

This is a game LSU can win. Miami has a turnover-prone offense, and that 0-3 finish this past season showed teams picked their lock after a 10-0 start. That said, the Hurricanes possess a stout defense. In week one, it seems too much to ask that Joe Burrow & Co. can answer enough questions to spring the upset.


Miami 24, LSU 20

Red flags rose throughout preseason camp with LSU's offense: high sack numbers from scrimmages; Orgeron's reports of dropped passes; a prolonged quarterback battle; uncertainty at right tackle. Perhaps some of that was provoked by a substantially talented LSU defense. Perhaps the Tigers offense will indeed struggle. Miami's talented on defense, too, with less questions on offense. The Hurricanes are just in better position to win.

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