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Ed Orgeron and the Tigers begin the season top 15 in both major preseason polls.

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The media think LSU is a top-15 team, too.

The Tigers are No. 13 in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll released Monday, one spot lower than their No. 12 ranking in the coaches poll published earlier this month.

LSU is one of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll, joining No. 1 Alabama, No. 12 Auburn, No. 15 Georgia, No. 17 Florida and No. 25 Tennessee.

The Crimson Tide received 52 of 61 first-place votes. Florida State (four), Ohio State (three) and Southern Cal (two) got the others. 

The Tigers begin their first full season under coach Ed Orgeron on Sept. 2 against BYU in Houston. Their three-week preseason camp ended Saturday with a final scrimmage. The team began preparations for BYU on Monday.

LSU finished last season at No. 13 in the AP. The team started last season ranked fifth in the preseason version before a 2-2 start led to a drop in the rankings and the firing of coach Les Miles.

LSU has not finished better than its preseason AP ranking since 2011, a five-year stretch that saw the Tigers finish the season no better than No. 13.

This is the 17th straight season in which LSU has started ranked in the preseason AP poll, the longest active streak by any SEC team.

Court date rescheduled

The court date for LSU offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell has been moved.

Campbell’s plea arraignment for an April arrest is now Sept. 8 in Fulton County State Court in Atlanta, according to court records. Campbell’s initial plea date was Aug. 16, last Wednesday.

Campbell was arrested in November on Georgia Tech’s campus and charged with two counts of battery, both misdemeanors, connected to a fight that unfolded during LSU’s open week at a Georgia Tech fraternity house.

Campbell, a sophomore who’s expected to contribute this season on the offensive line, was reinstated to the team a few weeks after his arrest.

Growden on watch list

LSU punter Josh Growden was added to the Ray Guy Award watch list Monday.

Growden joins more than 30 players on the watch list for an award that honors the nation’s top punter. Growden, a third-year sophomore, finished last season 56th nationally with an average of 41.35 yards a punt.


In the polls

LSU’s history over the past decade in the AP preseason and final poll:

 Season

 Preseason ranking

 Final ranking

 2016

 5

 13

 2015

 14

 16

 2014

 13

 NR

 2013

 12

 14

 2012

 3

 14

 2011

 4

 2

 2010

 21

 8

 2009

 11

 17

 2008

 7

 NR

 2007

 2

 1

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