LSU ranked 16 to start 2013 season

ESPN’s way too early to tell poll has the Tigers ranked No. 16.

This comes as no surprise coming off last season’s Chick-Fil-A bowl loss. Everybody knows the early rankings are affected by how the team finished the year before.

ESPN gives Ohio State the No. 1 ranking for now. Defending champion Alabama comes in at No. 2. Oregon, Louisville, and Stanford round out the top 5. There are 5 SEC teams ahead of LSU. No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 South Carolina, and No. 11 Florida.

Tiger fans shouldn’t be worried. Last year, Notre Dame started the season unranked. As long as the Tigers can take care of business, they will move their way back up.

Anybody who follows preseason polls knows they don’t have much merit. That being said, the Tigers have some work to do if they want to compete for another national championship.

Here are the full rankings:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Alabama
  3. Oregon
  4. Louisville
  5. Stanford
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Georgia
  8. South Carolina
  9. Michigan
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Florida
  12. Clemson
  13. Texas
  14. Florida State
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. LSU
  17. Oklahoma
  18. TCU
  19. UCLA
  20. Kansas State
  21. Boise State
  22. Nebraska
  23. USC
  24. Northwestern
  25. Wisconsin
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About Gregory Renoud

Greg Renoud is a master’s student at LSU where he also received his B.A. in mass communications. He was the lead producer for WAFB-TV’s “9 News Sunday Morning” program for a year. Renoud plays saxophone as a fifth-year member of LSU’s “Golden Band from Tiger Land.” A native of Long Beach, N.Y., he currently resides in Baton Rouge.

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