LSU lands No. 5 ranking in Sports Illustrated's Preseason Top 25

LSU lands No. 5 ranking in Sports Illustrated's Preseason Top 25

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU has cracked the top 5 in Sports Illustrated's Preseason College Football Poll.

The Tigers are ranked at No. 5 while Alabama is once again ranked No. 1, followed by Clemson, Florida State, and Michigan at Nos. 2, 3, and 4 respectively.

SI's LSU Scouting Report:

Bruising back Leonard Fournette, the nation's most explosive rusher, returns to gallop behind a steady offensive line alongside wideouts Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural. But this group's potential lies on the shoulders of inconsistent quarterback Brandon Harris, who completed just 53.6% of his throws in 2015.
LSU's deep secondary features five players with starting experience, including talented safety Jamal Adams (four interceptions in 2015). Expect more versatility up front in coordinator Dave Aranda's 3-4 scheme, allowing skilled ends Lewis Neal and Arden Key to stand up in pass-rush situations.

The Tigers are ranked No. 6 in the CBS Top 128 released on Tuesday and No. 6 in the Amway Coaches Top 25 released last week.

Other SEC teams joining Alabama and LSU in the poll are Tennessee at No. 10, Georgia at No. 16 and Ole Miss at No. 19.

There are a couple of surprise teams in the top 10. The Washington Huskies are ranked No. 7 after going 7-6 in 2015 and the Houston Cougars are ranked No. 8.

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