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College football: LSU No. 13 in preseason coaches poll

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By Michael Bonette, LSU Associate Athletic Director/Communications 

BATON ROUGE – LSU will enter the 2021 season ranked in the Top 25 as the Tigers come in at No. 13 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday.

It’s the 21st consecutive season the Tigers start the year ranked in the Top 25, a streak that dates back to 2001. LSU opens the year on September 4 against UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

LSU is one of six Southeastern Conference teams in the USA Today Preseason Top 25, joining No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 11 Florida, and No. 25 Ole Miss. LSU hosts both Texas A&M and Florida in Tiger Stadium this year.

The Tigers returns 18 starters and 54 letterwinners from last year’s 5-5 squad that capped the year with wins over Florida and Ole Miss.

USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Points

1, Alabama (63), 1621

2, Clemson, 1508

3, Oklahoma (2), 1481

4, Ohio State, 1435

5, Georgia, 1386

6, Texas A&M, 1286

7, Notre Dame, 1139

8, Iowa State, 1131

9, North Carolina, 999

10, Cincinnati, 979

11, Florida, 870

12, Oregon, 842

13, LSU, 664

14, USC, 655

15, Wisconsin, 654

16, Miami, 575

17, Indiana, 573

18, Iowa, 554

19, Texas, 427

20, Penn State, 422

21, Washington, 404

22, Oklahoma State, 216

23, UL-Lafayette, 153

24, Coastal Carolina, 150

25, Ole Miss, 149

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