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LSU needs quick maturation from underclassmen to answer questions | BootTalk

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LSU enters 2017 at No. 12 in the preseason coaches’ poll (Jerit Roser, DatBoot.com).

LSU enters the fast-approaching 2017 football season with high hopes, as always, and a No. 12 ranking in the nation.

But the Tigers’ ability to reach lofty goals will hinge heavily on a thus-far unproven, albeit talented, group of underclassmen stepping into larger roles.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss key story lines to watch in the podcast below — from expectations for the offense under new coordinator Matt Canada, the potential of the offensive line, which young players they feel are most ready to excel and where the biggest question marks remain.

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Louisiana’s 2018 class full of future college, pro stars | Jerit and the Kid

Jerit and the KidLouisiana’s 2018 recruiting class is full of star power that appears poised to excel on not only the college level, but also professionally.

And Jerit Roser and Jordan Burkett could help but spend the inaugural edition of “Jerit and the Kid” discussing the talented group.

Check out the podcast below for some rankings, a few under-the-radar names and some other notable story lines, including LSU’s biggest challengers for these prospects and which playmakers are most closely watching new Tigers offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s offense this fall.

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Hashing through LSU’s coaching announcements, subsequent recruiting news

Ed Orgeron will be LSU’s football coaching moving forward, Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced Saturday after a week-long whirlwind of rumors linked Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman to the position.

And within just four days, the subsequent news and developments have given fans little opportunity to catch their breath.

Most notably and anticipated, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will remain on board — with a pay raise and extension at that — while the Tigers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto.

A pair of prospects with longstanding relationships with Orgeron took steps away from LSU.

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LSU’s big Thanksgiving: Texas A&M on Thursday, coaching decision by Sunday? | Podcast

LSU will complete its regular season Thursday at Texas A&M, but the biggest developments of the week could come in the days to follow.

Sources have indicated to several media outlets, including DatBoot.com, that a decision on the program’s head coaching position could be determined as early as this weekend with reports swirling that an aggressive run is being made at Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements dive into the Tigers’ date with the Aggies and the potentially imminent hire in the podcast below.

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LSU vs. Florida brings wealth of storylines, animosity, significance

Could Saturday’s matchup with Florida have been any more heavily anticipated a month ago, considering the Gators may have been considered the least threatening opponent remaining on LSU’s schedule at the time?

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LSU running backs Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice chat during pregame warmups for the Tigers’ eventual rout of Southern Miss. (Jerit Roser)

The rivalry always bears its share of intensity and talk — whether in the lead-up to games or the offseason. But the public squabbles over the eventual postponement of a contest originally scheduled for Oct. 8, controversial photographs with a cat skeleton and a recently unleashed blunt swagger from the Tigers’ players have heaped gallons of fuel upon that fire.

All for a game that has plenty of storylines, regardless of all that talk.

Saturday will mark the final game in Tiger Stadium for seniors such as Kendell Beckwith, Tre’Davious White and Lewis Neal, as well as likely some juniors such as Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams and Davon Godchaux — although Fournette drew headlines this week he might consider otherwise.

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