There are several ways to approach the dreaded task of a conference preview. You can focus on the numbers, though then you'll have to decide which ones matter most - strength of schedule, previous recruiting rankings, yards/points per play/possession, and so on. You can go with a personnel-oriented approach, addressing returning starters, promising transfers and new underclassmen, or interesting coaching changes. Or you can just ignore all that and go with your gut.
Each route has its merits, and each is almost certainly going to yield a prognostication that doesn't match up with what actually takes place. There is, however, another way. A way that needs no words at all. A way that conveys all the information you could possibly need in one simple, stirring image.
A Freek way. Without further ado, here is LSUFreek's 2013 SEC Preview.
You can still get LSU at 20/1 to win the national title, so enjoy having twenty times your current net worth come next January.