Top 25 BCS Championship Favorites For 2012: No.2 LSU Tigers

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Despite the loss in the BCS Championship game to Alabama, The LSU Tigers still put together one of the better seasons in college football history. They beat a host of top-25 teams, and beat them soundly en route to a perfect 13-0 record prior to the national title game.

And coming into the 2012 College Football season, oddsmakers do not see much reason to move the Tigers down the list of favorites to win the BCS Championship. In fact, they are right near the top, with only one team in front of them.

BCS Championship Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set LSU in the No.2 slot of the favorites, going off at 5/1 to win it all. They are behind only the USC Trojans, and just in front of SEC West rival Alabama.

LSU did not lose much to the NFL, and will likely start quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is a former Georgia transfer. Coaches at LSU like the upside of Mettenberger, and expect big things from him this season.

The difficulty of the LSU schedule will obviously be a big hurdle to clear out of the SEC West. Obviously they play Alabama and Arkansas, but will also play Florida out of the East Division. And then there is also Texas A&M who joins the SEC West division this season. The Tigers didn’t have a problem getting through the regular season last season, but this is a new team and a new year.

The out-of-conference slate for the Tigers is certainly easier than last year. They will not be opening on a neutral field against a top-five opponent this time. Instead, North Texas, Washington, Idaho and Towson are the four opponents outside of the SEC for LSU in 2012.

But away games at Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas to close out the season will definitely present the Tigers will some tough challenges. And then of course the home game with Alabama on Nov. 3.

Overall though, things definitely look good for the Tigers in Baton Rouge for the upcoming college football season, as fans will have a lot to look forward too. But with big expectations of a national championship or bust puts a lot of pressure on a team. And coming off of the disappointment of losing a national championship game to your archrival, head coach Les Miles might have one of his toughest coaching jobs to date. But these BCS Championship Favorites will come to play.

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