This will be the first game of the Brian Kelly era for LSU after he bolted from Notre Dame following the end of the 2021 regular season. Kelly has yet to announce a starting quarterback for the Florida State game — it will come down between Arizona State junior transfer Jayden Daniels and redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier.
He has a lot to prove at LSU after failing to win a championship in his decade with the Fighting Irish, and this Sunday night matchup will be his first major test — without even playing an SEC game first.
FSU had a lot of just-barely losses last year against good teams, dropping in the final minutes to Notre Dame, Clemson, and Florida, and Mike Norvell’s Noles will return a lot of talent and experience in 2022. With running back Trey Benson and wide receiver Mycah Pittman coming in from Oregon through the transfer portal, as well, they have all the pieces to put together an explosive offense this season — it’s just a question of making the puzzle fit.
The Tigers are a three-point favorite, and the point total is set at 49.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook. That makes LSU -155 on the moneyline, with FSU a +135 underdog.