LSU is a top 15 team. At least that’s what college football’s coaches think.

The Tigers debuted at No. 13 in the USA Today/coaches preseason poll released Thursday – the first of the two major rankings revealed. The AP poll is set for release Aug. 23. The coaches poll releases exactly a week before LSU opens fall camp, next Thursday.

LSU is ranked in the USA Today/coaches preseason poll for the 15th straight season.

Ohio State is ranked No. 1, and xxx SEC teams are ahead of the Tigers in the rankings: 3 Alabama, 7 Auburn, 9 Georgia. LSU plays four teams ranked in the poll, including 20 Arkansas and 15 Ole Miss.

Here’s the full poll.

LSU finished last season unranked in the AP and USA Today/coaches poll for the first time since 2008, as the Tigers slid to an 8-5 finish, capped with a 31-28 loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.

LSU was ranked No. 13 in the USA Today/coaches preseason poll last year and the year before. The first regular-season poll is scheduled to be released Sept. 8. The final regular-season poll is scheduled to be released Dec. 6.

The voting panel, consisting of 64 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches, is chosen conference by conference by the American Football Coaches Association via a random draw. A coach must indicate to the AFCA his willingness to participate before his name is included in the pool.

Les Miles xxxxx in the poll.

Miles and his crew have had an active off-season. Three players have transferred, including highly touted defensive recruits Clifton Garrett and Travonte Valentine, and five players were arrested in a month span.

Anthony Jennings, last year’s starting quarterback and a guy expected to compete for the gig with Brandon Harris in fall camp, remains suspended along with two others for his arrest on unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling. DA Hillar Moore on Wednesday suggested the case against Jennings and others could be dropped soon.

LSU in the coaches preseason poll…final poll since 2008

2014: 13…NR

2013: 13…14

2012: 1…12

2011: 4…2

2010: 16…8

2009: 9…17

2008: 6…NR