Preseason College Football Rankings 2011: Why LSU Won't Finish in the Top 25
In the college football preseason poll released by the Associated Press the LSU Tigers were ranked No. 4. In fact, they even received a first place vote.
Of course that was before their starting quarterback was allegedly involved in a bar fight and indefinitely suspended by the team.
Details from that fight, including statements from coach Les Miles, seem to indicate that several players were involved in the altercation.
Distractions like that aren't good for a team, especially when you're supposed to be getting ready to play a team that played for the national championship in 2010.
When you look at LSU's schedule its apparent that they wanted to torture themselves in 2011.
Their out of conference games include a neutral site game against Oregon, who is ranked No. 3 in the AP's poll, and an away game against West Virginia, who is ranked No. 22 in the poll.
When you add in SEC games against Florida (No. 24), Alabama (No. 2), Arkansas (No. 15), and Mississippi State (No. 20) the Tigers end up playing six teams in 2011 that are ranked in the preseason.
With the current state of LSU football they might be lucky to win half of those games. Assuming they win half, that's still three losses.
In 2011 I expect LSU to lose to Oregon, Alabama, and Arkansas. More than likely they will drop some additional games, which would mean they should finish the season out of the top 25 in the rankings.
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