LSU National Title Betting Odds Take A Hit With Jefferson Out

Published on August 27, 2011 by Vincent Tapoglia III

LSU plays in the SEC, which naturally gives the team an advantage going into any season. Of all the teams that have national championship hopes, SEC teams understand that if they take care of business in their conference, they likely will be playing for a title in January.

This year, it is Alabama and LSU that are in the best position, according to the early polls. The Crimson Tide is coming off another strong season, and the Tigers are expected to be one of the top teams in the country with Jordan Jefferson leading the way under center.

On Friday, LSU’s championship betting odds took a hit when Jefferson and one of his teammates were arrested for their role in a bar fight in Louisiana. Jefferson was expected to be much improved this year, and had the opportunity to lead the Tigers to the promised land, but now he may not even suit up on Saturday’s.

LSU’s first game could go a long way towards determining whether or not they are playing for the title in January. The Tigers open in Dallas Stadium, against one of only three teams that are ranked higher in the preseason polls. The Oregon Ducks will provide a big challenge for LSU, especially if Jefferson is still suspended when that game takes place.

LSU officials have already suspended Jefferson and teammate Joshua Johns indefinitely. The two are likely to not be reinstated until the legal process in the case against them plays out. That could take months, and may leave the Tigers searching for a new starting quarterback for the majority of the season.

There is still a chance that other LSU players will be implicated in the bar fight situation. Offensive lineman Chris Davenport and wide receiver Jarvis Landry are named as people of interest in the case, although they have yet to be charged with a crime. Law enforcement officials are still reviewing the details of the case.

LSU would have had a tough run through the SEC even with Jefferson. Without their much maligned quarterback, the Tigers will have to rely on someone else under center against some of the best teams in college football week in and week out. Odds makers have already started to adjust the betting lines for LSU’s first game, and their title run.

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