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Football Ranked 13th in Preseason Coaches Poll
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Published: August 01, 2013, 11:00 AM (CT)
Updated: August 02, 2013, 11:19 AM (CT)
by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin), Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – For the 13th straight season, LSU football will open the season ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation as the Tigers were tabbed No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Poll, which was released on Thursday.

It represents the third straight season and eighth time out of nine seasons under head coach Les Miles that the Tigers will take the field in a season-opener ranked in the Coaches’ poll top 15.

After posting a third straight double-digit win total, LSU finished the 2012 season ranked No. 12 in the Coaches’ poll. With the preseason ranking, the Tigers are ranked in the Coaches’ poll for the 65th straight week dating back to the start of the 2009 season.

LSU will face five teams in the top 25 and the Tigers are the only ranked squad to face four top-10 ranked teams. LSU’s season-opening opponent, TCU, comes in at No. 20. The Tigers and Horned Frogs face each other in the Cowboys Classic on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. CT live on ESPN from AT&T Stadium.

Other LSU opponents and their rankings are: Alabama (1), Georgia (5), Texas A&M (6) and Florida (10). Six Southeastern Conference teams are ranked in the top 13 with South Carolina tabbed at No. 7.

LSU reports to camp on Sunday, Aug. 4 before taking the field for the first practice on Monday, Aug. 5.

The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 will be released on Saturday, Aug. 17.

USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll

Rank Team, Record, Points (First Place Votes) Previous Rank
1. Alabama 13-1, 1545 (58), 1
2. Ohio St. 12-0, 1427 (3), NR
3. Oregon 12-1, 1397, 2
4. Stanford 12-2, 1262, 6
5. Georgia 12-2, 1250, 4
6. Texas A&M 11-2, 1215 (1), 5
7. South Carolina 11-2, 1136, 7
8. Clemson 11-2, 1047, 9
9. Louisville 11-2, 1010, 13
10. Florida 11-2, 930, 10
11. Notre Dame 12-1, 872, 3
12. Florida St. 12-2, 844, 8
13. LSU 10-3 797, 12
14. Oklahoma St. 8-5, 726, NR
15. Texas 9-4, 622, 18
16. Oklahoma 10-3, 620, 15
17. Michigan 8-5, 589, NR
18. Nebraska 10-4 426, 23
19. Boise St. 11-2, 420, 14
20. TCU 7-6, 400, NR
21. UCLA 9-5, 202, NR
22. Northwestern 10-3, 186, 16
23. Wisconsin 8-0, 172, NR
24. USC 7-6, 165, NR
25. Oregon St. 9-4, 135, 19

Schools Dropped Out
No. 11 Kansas State (11-2), No. 17 Utah State (11-2), No. 20 Vanderbilt (9-4), No. 21 San Jose State (11-2), No. 22 Cincinnati (10-3), No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 25 Tulsa (11-3).

Others Receiving Votes
Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.List of VotersThe USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 62 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2013 season: David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Tim Beckman, Illinois; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Bill Blankenship, Tulsa; Terry Bowden, Akron; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Dave Clawson, Bowling Green; Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Ron English, Eastern Michigan; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Kyle Flood, Rutgers; Dennis Franchione, Texas State; James Franklin, Vanderbilt; Al Golden, Miami (Fla.); Todd Graham, Arizona State; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State; Bobby Hauck, UNLV; Mark Helfrich, Oregon; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Curtis Johnson, Tulane; Joey Jones, South Alabama; June Jones, Southern Methodist; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jerry Kill, Minnesota; Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech; Mike Leach, Washington State; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Les Miles, LSU; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; George OLeary, Central Florida; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Charlie Strong, Louisville; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Don Treadwell, Miami (Ohio); Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Kyle Whittingham, Utah. AFCA policy bars schools under major NCAA or conference sanctions from receiving votes.

 

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