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Football Ranked No. 3 by 'Blue Ribbon'
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Published: June 27, 2011, 05:21 PM (CT)
by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette), Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU has been selected as a pre-season top 5 pick by another national publication as Blue Ribbon Yearbook tabbed the Tigers as the nation's No. 3 team heading into the 2011 season.

Oklahoma is ranked first in the Blue Ribbon Top 25. LSU is one of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll with Alabama leading the way at No. 2. LSU is followed by South Carolina No. 10, Arkansas No. 14, Georgia No. 16, and Mississippi State No. 21.

Oregon, LSU's season-opening opponent, is ranked No. 5, while West Virginia, the Tigers' opponent on Sept. 24, is ranked No. 23. In all, LSU will face five teams in the Blue Ribbon Yearbook Top 25.

LSU returns 16 starters (9 offense, 7 defense) and 52 letterwinners from last year's team that posted an 11-2 overall record and finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Blue Ribbon Yearbook Top 25
1. Oklahoma
2. Alabama
3. LSU
4. Stanford
5. Oregon
6. Boise State
7. Florida State
8. Texas A&M
9. Nebraska
10. South Carolina
11. Virginia Tech
12. Oklahoma State
13. Wisconsin
14. Arkansas
15. Michigan State
16. Georgia
17. TCU
18. Ohio State
19. Notre Dame
20. Arizona State
21. Mississippi State
22. Southern Cal
23. West Virginia
24. Missouri
25. Southern Miss


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