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College Football expert Phil Steele unveiled his annual projected top 10 of the preseason AP poll and pegged LSU at No. 5.

5. LSU Tigers
Les Miles was on the verge of being fired late last year, but he has proven to be a Tiger with nine lives and bounced back with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. I have great respect for the folks at ESPN Stats & Info, and their Football Power Index (FPI) has LSU rated No. 1 -- one of my main sets of power ratings agrees with that. The Tigers have 18 returning starters, which is the most in the SEC, and one of those returnees is running back and Heisman favorite Leonard Fournette. While LSU was depleted by the number of players leaving early for the NFL in 2012 and 2013, and three left early after last season, just one starter left early after 2015 (offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins).
Projected preseason AP top 10 teams:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Oklahoma
4. Florida State
5. LSU
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan
8. Baylor
9. Stanford
10. Tennessee
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ffhouston97 months
So three of the four 2015 playoff teams are in his preseason top four. Talk about unimaginative (and nearly certain to be wrong come years end).
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Tigers4Lyfe97 months
One isn't supposed to make predictions based on imaginations.
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Andre97 months
Must be a slow news day, Phil Steele posted this nearly 6 weeks ago.
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Random LSU Hero97 months
Phil Steele prediction...Bama number 1?!?! SHOCKERRRRRRRRRRR
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WalkingTurtles97 months
Phil's info and predictions are legit
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tigersbh97 months
I like Phil now. LOL!
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NorthshoreTiger7697 months
I've always liked Phil
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