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ESPN updated its 2020 Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings on Wednesday and pegged LSU down at No. 8.
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No. 8 LSU

2019 record: 15-0, 8-0 SEC

Returning starters: three offense, five defense, two special teams

Key losses: QB Joe Burrow, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, WR Justin Jefferson, TE Thaddeus Moss, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, LB K'Lavon Chaisson, LB Jacob Phillips, LB Patrick Queen, S Grant Delpit.

Outlook: The paint was barely dry on LSU's dream season before a mass exodus began. A whopping nine underclassmen, including leading rusher Edwards-Helaire, top pass-catcher Jefferson and leading tackler Phillips, left early for the NFL draft. Passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who helped Burrow win the Heisman Trophy, left to become the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator. Baylor hired defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its new head coach. There's no question coach Ed Orgeron faces a monumental rebuilding job, but the Tigers are hardly a one-hit wonder. Orgeron lured Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini back to LSU as defensive coordinator, and longtime NFL coach Scott Linehan will help Steve Ensminger run the offense in 2020. Myles Brennan, who attempted 40 passes in 2019, is the favorite to replace Burrow. At least he'll have Biletnikoff Award winner Ja'Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr. to throw to.
Top 10:
1. Clemson
2. Ohio State
3. Alabama
4. Georgia
5. Penn State
6. Oregon
7. Florida
8. LSU
9. Oklahoma
10. Notre Dame
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Penn State, Florida, Oregon and Georgia all ahead of LSU? Lmfao. Tell me more lies. LSU has destroyed GA the last two years with a decent team and then the best team in the history of CFB. We’ll have better than decent but not quite historic next year. Penn State and Oregon is laughable, so much so it hurts. Florida would have an argument if we hadn’t beat them by 14 last year and lost by a score the year before with a decent team at their place. LSU is coming for blood again in 2020. They just keep doubting y’all boys!! Y’all just keep doing what Louisiana does best. Kick some ass, prove your a much better class without saying a word. Just do it but when you do it, do it leaving no doubts what LSU football and it’s fans already know. These media morons have no clue how to rank LSU because LSU and Louisiana has something these fools lack. It’s heart, toughness, character, smarts, work ethic and a will that just can’t be measured. It isn’t learned or taught. It’s bred into us like no other place in the country. They all talk a good game, until the game is on. That’s where we shine.
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We are no worse then 6th because we know at least Penn State and Oregon are overrated
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Wut ev! Let’s talk in December!
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LSU will still have one of the most if not the most explosive offense again. LSU's defense is still stacked. I don't see how they are outside the top 4
Reply1 month
LSU's about to hit the chizik years and everyone pretty much knows it.
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Eat a dick Fackler!
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GFY Pandy
1 month
Where you get that shite from?
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Being underrated worked out last year..I'll take it.
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been said over and over and over ESPN doesnt know jack about college football
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NO respect. Lets earn it again
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Screw ESPN!
Reply1 month
Regardless of LSU... I always thought the the reigning National Champ should be just that until such time as they lose, or if the season's play shows something else... BUT #1 should be #1 at the start of the season.
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Why? It's a different team with different players, starters, and coaches. What you did last year is completely irrelevant to this year.
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So your saying Clemson should have been ranked number 1 before the playoff?
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I think the rankings shouldn't come out until week 5 or so vOv
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Our team is better than at least 6 of those teams. Toss up would be Bama, Clemson, Ohio State.
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Fuk dem
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That's about right considering what's been lost (players and coaches)
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LSU should be ahead of Georgia, Penn State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and possibly Florida. We should be #4 or #5 on that list. What a joke.
Reply1 month
Typical useless preseason poll
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prepreseason*
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Penn State... ND... LMAO. Same garbage every year. Surprised they didn't throw USC and Michigan up there just for shits.
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If the Tigers are undefeated on 11/8 no one on this list will be ahead of them. All we have to do is just win!
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Hmm so your saying LSU has to go undefeated till 11-8 and at that point LSU will be 9-0, & 5-0 in SEC play with wins over #3 Alabama, #7 Florida, #23 Texas we will then be good to be rated #1?? Damn that doesn't sound hard... While Clemson can be ranked #1 through 11-7 without any top 25 wins... Makes sense
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frick the ESPN haters, I absolutely hate ESPN media members for the most part. Namely Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard and Allison Williams. Hope I have the opportunity to talk to them one day and tell them how completely unprofessional and close minded they are
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My early prediction is LSU wins the west and loses to UF and goes 11-1 in the regular season. LSU then beats UF in the SEC Championship Game for a 2 seed in the Playoffs where they go to play OSU in the natty for a repeat national championship. All led by Brennan at QB.
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I'd definitely take that.
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They call it "Way to Early" for a reason. Only thing it does is rile up a bunch of guys posting BS.
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Probably should be higher. But, we are not Alabama who gets benefit of the doubt all the time. And really how good is Clemson? We know they have talent but they do not play anyone till CFP. For instance UK Basketball is very good every year and they lose but the actually play other good teams during the year. Clemson does not.
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