LSU Football Futures Bets Louisiana Sports Bettors Should Make
Following a 6-7 season that saw head coach Ed Orgeron leave the program along with numerous players, the LSU Tigers are further down the college football betting futures odds boards than normal.
Here’s an overview of where things stand as LSU prepares for its first season of the Brian Kelly era.
Brian Kelly Takes Over As LSU’s Coach
Kelly stunned the college football landscape when he decided to leave Notre Dame to become LSU’s next football coach. He agreed to a 10-year, $95 million deal that also has incentives.
“I could not be more excited to join a program with the commitment to excellence, rich traditional and unrivaled pride and passion of LSU football,” Kelly said in a statement released by the school announcing his hiring. “I am fully committed to recruiting, developing and graduating elite student-athletes, winning championships and working together with our administration to make Louisiana proud. Our potential is unlimited, and I cannot wait to call Baton Rouge home.”
Kelly became the winningest coach in Notre Dame this past season, recording a 113-40 record. He led Notre Dame to a BCS title game appearance in 2012 and reached the College Football Playoff in 2018 and 2020.
Kelly has spent the offseason building his coaching staff and developing a roster through the transfer portal. By last season’s Texas Bowl, LSU had fewer than 40 scholarship players available as many entered the transfer portal with a new coaching regime taking over.
Could Caleb Williams Be Coming?
Kelly was able to keep one quarterback on the roster after Max Johnson decided to transfer to Texas A&M. Following a discussion with Kelly, Myles Brennan elected to take his name out of the transfer portal and stay with the Tigers.
The sixth-year senior was expected to start after Joe Burrow led LSU to a national title in 2019, but an injury sidelined Brennan after three games in 2020. Brennan never saw the field in 2021 with another injury. Now, he could be the experienced starter in Kelly’s first year.
But this is college football and rumors run rampant, especially in the age of the transfer portal, and LSU finds itself at the forefront of one of the biggest unknowns this offseason: the Caleb Williams sweepstakes.
The five-star freshman quarterback was one of the most electrifying players in college football last season, throwing for 1,912 yards, rushing for 564 yards (9.2 per carry) and recording a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 21-4 for the Oklahoma Sooners.
With Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma to take the coaching position at Southern Cal, Williams entered his name into the portal and LSU has been a rumored spot for the top transfer prize.
Dean Blevins, a TV reporter in Oklahoma has gone on record saying, “It’s down to USC-LSU for Caleb.”
Wisconsin has been a late addition for a possible landing spot for Williams, and others have reported that LSU is out of the running. Really, it depends on who you want to believe. It is somewhat strange, though, that Williams has taken this long to decide.
LSU National Title Futures
The potential of Williams joining LSU makes the Tigers an interesting prospect for a national title futures bet. LSU’s odds will immediately drop if Williams becomes the Tigers quarterback, so it might be worth a shot to place a bet on LSU now.
There is a large discrepancy in LSU futures, which highlights the importance of shopping around for the best line. The Tigers are +15000 to win it all on FanDuel Sportsbook Louisiana, meaning a $100 bet would produce a $15,000 win.
At BetMGM, LSU is +8000 to be next season’s national champions and at DraftKings, the Tigers are +6000. A $100 bet would net $8,000 at BetMGM and $100 at DraftKings would have a return of $6000.
If you’re a Tigers fan looking to back the team in hopes of a special season, the best value is at FanDuel.
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