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Betting preview: LSU Tigers

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Best college football bets

ESPN Chalk's Phil Steele breaks down his best bets for the upcoming college football season.

With college football season on the horizon, ESPN Chalk's college football experts -- Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica -- combine to give you betting previews of the top 25 teams, according to the ESPN College Football Rankings. They break down each team's strengths and weaknesses, along with season win total bets and national title odds.

Odds from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Sept. 1.

LSU Tigers

National title odds: 20-1
Season win total: 8.5


Phil Steele

Strengths: LSU is one of the most complete teams in the country. The Tigers may have the fastest defense that Les Miles has put on the field, with seven returning starters, and, for once, very few players lost to the NFL.