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Sports Illustrated recently released their "Way-Too-Early College Football Top 25" for the 2017 season and pegged the LSU at No. 5. Here is what they had to say about the Tigers.
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5. LSU Tigers

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.
Here’s SI’s complete way-too-early top 25:
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
24. UCLA
25. South Florida
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31 Comments
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Lsu10120588 months
Are my expectations high? No not really. Is my optimism and excitement high? Through the roof... This could be a really fun year. Geaux Tigers
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emanresu88 months
Penn State will crash back into mediocrity next season. Last year was a fluke.
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Dignan88 months
Damn. Respect.
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DBeaux22588 months
Clemson and FSU should swap
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LSUTumbler88 months
I am curious to see Clemson without Watson. Now we see how good they are
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DoubleDown88 months
Look I'm not saying Alabama is gonna do anything this year but has any other team been in the top 5 as long as they have, pre-season to seasons end? Maybe the early 2000s with USC? I dunno, this run that Bama is on is pretty insane, like it or not.
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JPinLondon88 months
I think Florida State has some record associated with that. Something like 20 years of Top Five finishes, from mid-1980s to mid-2000s.
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PGuy_7788 months
at No.5 Hype is perhaps a bit overblown, but I have said this hundreds of times. ZERO excuses not to have a 10-win season this year. 5th year senior QB, best Back in the SEC (Country?), top-7 classes last 4 years, and two pick of the litter coordinators.
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ChunkyLover5488 months
2016 we were primed. We have a shot again
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Lexman188 months
Very valid points, DoubleDown. They will remain there until we take them down in Tuscaloosa! I'm saying it right now! LSU will be victorious and the balance of power will shift back to BR!
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Fonzarelli88 months
Ah yes, the yearly "we're going to win and restore all that is right" comment
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SECdragonmaster88 months
14. Auburn 15. Georgia Incoming!!!
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JustinT3788 months
USC & Pedo State in the top 3...! How haha wtf?
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chalupa88 months
I'm not sure who they lost this year, but I remember them coming on strong at the end of last year. But yeah, USC is always over rated.
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NFLU788 months
USC has the best QB in the cpunted and Penn State is full of Juniors and Seniors returning including their top two players on offense. It's not hard to see why they're top 3 considering they were both top 10 last year
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NFLU788 months
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X123F4588 months
Win or lose, at least it isn't 170000 run attempts per season. Big O is bring variety
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TriDitty88 months
Wow... as much purp and gold Kool-Aid as I drink, I am still amazed at the respect that these polls give LSU. Lets face it guys, we are going to lose what could end up being known as the best draft class in LSU history and we are still getting top 5 respect! We lost 4 games with those guys (even though they were nail biters) and replacing them won't be automatic. Anyway, I have faith and next year will be one hell of a ride!
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Rickdaddy418888 months
This isnt the best draft class in lsu history. Also we have had great classes the last 5 years amd there is no reason for us to not be a good team.
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Whynotme88 months
Etling at QB doesn't give me a lot of confidence in LSU this year. I hope he proves me wrong.
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SoFresh88 months
Why don't people like etling? His pocket presence is phenomenal, he throws a nice catchable ball, and he is a fifth year senior... He's not deshaun watson and we will likely not beat alabama this year, but we are looking at 9-10 wins even with only 6 home games
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TriDitty88 months
I love what Etling has brought to the table. He's a great field general and should be just fine since he is surrounded by talent. He simply doesn't need to put the team on his back. Sure, it would be nice to have a Watson or Jackson in Red Stick but is simply is not necc. with the right playmakers and a great scheme to go along with an Aranda defense.
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takemking88 months
I always think about Matt Flynn in comparison. We need a game manager. Let the team do the rest. Very similar in those respects.
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ChunkyLover5488 months
Lol at USC. Guice is the real deal
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TigahTeeth88 months
The USC love is back! Give me a break already.
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RedPants88 months
14. Auburn 15. Georgia 16. Tennessee 17. Stanford 18. Texas 19. Florida 20. West Virginia 21. Kansas State 22. Oregon 23. Miami 24. UCLA 25. South Florida Wow, college football is down.
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AlabamasSalaryCap88 months
jesus this is ridiculous. We are not a top 5 team.
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AlabamasSalaryCap88 months
jesus this is ridiculous. We are not a top 5 team.
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Mouche33788 months
It will be nice to see what LSU can do without the Les/Cam handicap out of the picture.
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Mouche33788 months
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