LSU ranked in Preseason AP Top 25, will play No. 14 Wisconsin in opener

NCAA Football: Florida at LSU

The LSU Tigers checked in as the No. 13 ranked team in today’s Preseason AP Top 25 Poll.

The Tigers were the fifth highest ranked team, and seven other SEC teams appeared in the rankings. The Tigers open up the season against Wisconsin, which checked in as the country’s No. 14 team.

Here’s the AP Top 25:

1. Florida State
2. Alabama
3. Oregon
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. Auburn
8. Michigan State
9. South Carolina
10. Baylor
11. Stanford
12. Georgia
13. LSU
14. Wisconsin
15. Southern Cal
16. Clemson
17. Notre Dame
18. Ole Miss
19. Arizona State
20. Kansas State
21. Texas A&M
22. Nebraska
23. North Carolina
24. Missouri
25. Washington

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  • The only two disagreements I have with this list are Oklahoma and Notre Dame.

    Notre Dame barely finished 20th in the AP poll (and didn’t even finish the season ranked in the BCS) because everyone saw how much of a real team they really were as they went 2-3 against ranked teams struggled to beat an already battered Rutgers team in the Pinstripe Bowl. And I just don’t see them being that big of contenders because they lost over half of their starters on both sides of the ball; 6 on offense and 7 on defense, so they’re young, aside from the offensive backfield situation. Their defensive situation has to have gotten worse from last year after losing key starters. I mean jeez, they gave up 41 points to Michigan, 35 to Oklahoma, and 34 to Arizona State and Navy! Those were all running teams, and guess what? They scheduled mostly running teams this year! Uh oh coach Kelly. You’re in for a looong season!

    Next, Oklahoma has the same problem! They lost 9 starters on offense, but only 3 on defense. Their defense is pretty intact, but the offensive situation is up in the air because they have 6 underclassmen starting. A little light on the offensive side of the ball while the defense that wreaked havoc on a lot of offenses (though many were flimsy offenses… Tulsa? ULM? I-State?). But this is pretty much all for not because Bob Stoop-id decided to back up his “weak scheduled” SEC bashing with some pretty weak scheduling of his own. Since OU is the only ranked team out of the Big XII, they had to go for some real power packed non-conference scheduling. Week 1= Louisiana Tech. Ok, that’s solid. Week 2= Tulsa. Man, these guys are fighting tooth and nail. Week 3= Tennessee. I hope Tennessee snaps out of their funk and beats the piss out of this overrated bunch of nothings!

    Other than that, this list is pretty accurate!

    • Damn, a couple brain-fart omission typos.

      … as they went 2-3 against ranked teams and struggled to beat…

      A little light on the offensive side of the ball as far as experience goes while the defense that wreaked havoc on a lot of offenses (though many were flimsy offenses… Tulsa? ULM? I-State?) is pretty experience-heavy.