LSU Football 2012: LSU's Success as a Preseason Top-5 Team

William Scott@@wscottbrContributor IJune 2, 2012

Matt Flynn, 2007 National Championship
Matt Flynn, 2007 National Championship

Coming into this season, the LSU Tigers are projected to be ranked No. 2 in a lot of polls.

The last time LSU was ranked No. 2 in the preseason polls was in 2007, the year the Tigers won their third National Championship.

Who was No. 1 in the preseason polls that year? USC. Is history possibly repeating itself?

LSU has had a great deal of success when they start as a preseason top-five team. Since 2003, LSU has been ranked in the top five of the preseason polls four times.

In those seasons, LSU has a record of 45-8. In the seasons of not being ranked in the preseason top five since 2003, LSU has gone 38-13. 

The 2007 LSU team had a new quarterback going into that season in Matt Flynn, and so did the 2003 National Championship team with Matt Mauck. The 2012 LSU team also has a new quarterback going into the upcoming season, Zach Mettenberger.

All of LSU's BCS National Championship teams have had many similarities to the 2012 team. Can another similarity be that they all won the National Championship? We shall see. 


William Scott, 13-year-old sportswriter

Twitter: @wscottbr