BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU will start the season in the top 10 of another poll. USA Today released its preseason top 25 on Thursday and LSU checks in at No. 5.
That's the good news. The bad news is three of the four teams ahead of the Tigers are from the SEC.
Florida is ranked No. 1 ahead of Louisville (2), Vanderbilt (3), Texas A&M (4) and LSU (5).
Other SEC teams in the poll include Miss. State (17), Arkansas (22) and South Carolina (23).
Preseason rankings for the Tigers:
USA Today: No. 5
Collegiate Baseball: No. 7
D1 Baseball: No. 7
Baseball America: No. 11
LSU opens the season against Cincinnati on Friday, Feb. 19 in Alex Box Stadium.