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Annual picks battle begins this week

The annual tradition of sportswriters and media types making wild predictions is upon us again.
You don’t have to agree with the choices – but please don’t cuss us or throw things at our cars.
It is just an attempt to start conversations and not really provide fuel for locker room speeches.
The Eunice News picks champion for the past two seasons was Caleb Andrus from Basile State Bank.
Last year, Caleb had a 79-21 record to push ahead of John Burson (75-25) and me (74-26).
In 2016, Mr. Andrus finished at 74-26, while John was 72-28.

LSU cooks Rice, Cajuns face Jags

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 11th in the series previewing the 2018 football season.
With two games left in the season, LSU could be either on the bring of an exciting finish or limping to a disappointing conclusion.
The Tigers are favored to win in five games: Southeastern, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas and then Rice on Nov. 17.
LSU would need a win somewhere else along the way to finish at worst 6-6.

LSU favored over the Razorbacks

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 10th in the series previewing the 2018 football season.
After nine games of facing tough and tougher teams, the Tigers and Cajuns could finally get a chance at an “easier win” on Nov. 10.
LSU is traveling to Arkansas, while the Cajuns enertain Georgia State.
Arkansas is predicted to finish last in the SEC West under new head coach Chad Morris.
The Razorbacks quarterback battle will be between Ty Storey and Cole Kelley as Morris brought the spread offense with him from Southern Methodist.

Can LSU’s year turn with the Tide?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the ninth in the series previewing the 2018 football season.
Alabama has won seven straight over LSU and the Crimson Tide should still be undefeated when it makes the Nov. 3 trip to Tiger Stadium.
The last two years, the Tide was the top-ranked team but LSU battled before falling 24-10 last year and 10-0 in 2016.
This year, LSU is predicted to have only a 22.2 percent chance of a win.

LSU battles Bulldogs, Cajuns head to Boone

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh in the series previewing the 2018 football season.
No. 10 Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida and No. 4 Georgia are LSU’s first four SEC opponents in the 2018 season.
Then No. 18 Mississippi State visits Tiger Stadium on Oct. 20.
Joe Moorehead was hired after Dan Mullen left for Florida and the cries of Hail State could be in full force as the Bulldogs adapt to the new system
Mullen managed to lead MSU to eight straight bowl games while going 69-46 during his tenure.

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