Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Sports Illustrated released their 2017 Preseason Top 25 this week and ranked LSU at No. 5 just ahead of the Clemson Tigers who check in at No. 6.

Ed Orgeron’s first full season in Baton Rouge is built for success considering he returns one of the best defensive coordinators in the game, Dave Aranda, and one of the nation’s best running backs, Derrius Guice.
1. Alabama
2. USC
3. Penn State
4. Florida State
5. LSU
6. Clemson
7. Ohio State
8. Oklahoma
9. Washington
10. Michigan
11. Wisconsin
12. Oklahoma State
13. Louisville
14. Auburn
15. Georgia
16. Tennessee
17. Stanford
18. Texas
19. Florida
20. West Virginia
21. Kansas State
22. Oregon
23. Miami
25. South Florida
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ellessuuuu90 months
Hope I'm wrong about O and we finish in the Top 5. Although Miles problem was never being in the Preseason or "way-to-early" Top 5, but was living up to the level of our talent.
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slackster90 months
@ UF, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Tennessee is no slouch. I don't see a top 5 finish unless LSU overachieves and the rest of the conference sans Alabama is worse than expected.
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keakar90 months
why is USC rated so high and Michigan rated so low? to be honest I don't think LSU deserves to be in the top 10 just yet either. these polls seem to be unrealistic and based on emotion rather then facts
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WilliamTaylor2190 months
Darnold is a bad man.. possibly the #1 pick when he comes out. Him + the rest of their talent + being in the PAC12 = USC in the playoff discussion.
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slackster90 months
Michigan basically loses everyone of note.
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Lsu10120590 months
I am cautiously optimistic. We are really strong in certain places. But we are losing quite a bit. First year starters can and have done very well in these positions (Duke Riley comes to mind). So sure lets roll with it. Geaux Tigers!
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Lexman190 months
These polls mean nothing until the CFP poll comes out later in the season. Still, it's good to have recognition as one of the better teams in the nation. Recruiting, team morale, and a winning attitude can be results of this.
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Who_Dat_Tiger90 months
that is a lot of traditional powerhouses in the top 10 #brandrecognition
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TigerB890 months
So Penn State is over night awesome.....guess I will have to do some studying as to why.
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cas4t90 months
without looking at the roster, they did beat OSU and win the Big 10. Franklin has done a hell of a job.
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WPBTiger90 months
I believe they also bring back almost all starters on both sides of the ball.
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panzer90 months
I thought Franklin would fail. I was wrong.
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