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College football: LSU No. 16 in preseason AP Top 25; Louisiana-Lafayette No. 23

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LSU is ranked No. 16 in the preseason AP Top 25.

The Tigers, who open the season Sept. 4 against UCLA in the Rose Bowl, are among five SEC teams in the top 25. LSU was unranked in the final poll last season after going 5-5.

Three SEC teams are in the top 6. Defending conference and national champion Alabama is No. 1. Georgia is No. 5 and Texas A&M No. 6.

LSU was ranked No. 13 in the coaches’ preseason poll released last week.

Alabama received 47 of a possible 63 first-place votes in the AP poll. No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Clemson received six each. No. 4 Ohio State received one and Georgia received three.

Louisiana-Lafayette is ranked No. 23. The Cajuns, who finished last season at No. 15 after going 10-1, open the season Sept. 4 at No. 21 Texas.

The ranking marks the first time in program history that the Louisiana-Lafayette has been ranked in the news agency’s national preseason poll.

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