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ESPN released College Football Preseason Power Rankings last week, along with best-case and worst-case scenarios for each team in the Top 25.

ESPN slotted LSU at No. 5, where they are ranked in both the preseason AP and Coaches Polls, with the best-case scenario being a trip to the College Football Playoffs and the worst case being an 8-5 season.
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No. 5 LSU Tigers

Best case: College Football Playoff semifinal. Nobody saw LSU getting to the SEC championship game a year ago, especially after getting pummeled by Tennessee 40-13 at home the second week of October. But the Tigers picked themselves up off the turf, kept getting better, and Brian Kelly squeezed everything and then some out of his first LSU team. His second team will be even deeper. Kelly knows more about this team, and most importantly, the Tigers have a seasoned quarterback, Jayden Daniels, who has proven on big stages he can beat teams both passing and running. If LSU can manage to get through the month of September unscathed, that Nov. 4 game at Alabama could end up being a play-in game for the playoff.

Worst case: 8-5 with losses to Florida State, Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas A&M and the bowl opponent. The Tigers finished 10-4 last season, and that was with losses in two of their final three games. Winning just eight games as an encore to what LSU did a year ago would be a disappointment on the Bayou. But there aren't a lot of easy outs on LSU's schedule, and the September slate is filled with potholes. Getting Alabama in Tuscaloosa this season automatically makes it a more difficult schedule, and four of the first six games are away from Tiger Stadium. LSU's talent level is such that there shouldn't be a significant drop-off, but making it back to the SEC championship game will prove difficult.
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bluebuck110 months
The greatest believe they are the greatest. They have the discipline to prove they are. Kelly is that guy and his team will follow. They have the tools. No injuries and I am sure their goal is to go 1-0 every week.
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ZenFNmaster10 months
The Tigers have had more success at Bama, and Bama has had more success at Death Valley.
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bluebuck110 months
Saban’s nightmare has always been playing against a running accurate QB with a good defense. We may have both of those, this year.
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GoldenGuy10 months
“ Getting Alabama in Tuscaloosa this season automatically makes it a more difficult schedule”
Yes, ESPN… fire this one. They know nothing of our rivalry the past thirty years.
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Commenting on losing 2 out of the last 3 games of the season is dumb when one of them was the SECG.
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Timeoday10 months
Best case: You have a safe flight.
Worst Case: The wings fall off.

It's why I do not pay attention to ESPN.
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SteveLSU3510 months
Worst case being 8-5 is a pretty solid worst case.
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sabbertooth10 months
Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one.
It’s preseason no one has a legitimate clue.
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TouchdownTony10 months
This. Nobody knows. A team gets some injuries, offensive philosophy is changed that suits the players better, defensive philosophy changes, a call here, a call there. So many variables. It is nothing more than a guess right now.
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LSU910210 months
“ Getting Alabama in Tuscaloosa this season automatically makes it a more difficult schedule”

Tigers have more success historically in Bama
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NASA_ISS_Tiger10 months
"Tigers have more success historically in Bama" Everyone conveniently forgets that little tid bit of information. It's amazing to me they do that every single time.
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wallowinit10 months
Still doesn’t make it less difficult and less of a risk of a loss.
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WildTchoupitoulas10 months
LSU beat Alabama in Alabama in each of their 4 National Championship seasons.
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CanebreakCajun10 months
Best case 15-0 National Champs. Worst case 14-1 National Champs. Fixed it.
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Brotorious10 months
I’m in!!
Frick those downvotes!
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Mike Honcho10 months
Best case is national champ and that is definitely on the table.

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LSUBrown10 months
Seems fair.
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