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:
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- South Carolina
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- Oklahoma State
- Kansas State
- Boise State