As expected, LSU’s loss to Troy knocked the Tigers out of the poll major polls.
Coach Ed Orgeron’s team is not ranked in the coaches or AP poll, slipping from its once lofty position. LSU (3-2) started the season in the top 15 in the preseason rankings and moved up as high as No. 12 entering the game at Mississippi State on Sept. 16 – a 37-7 loss.
The Tigers, No. 22 and No. 25 in last week's polls, don’t usually spend long outside of the top 25. In the last decade, their longest consecutive stretch outside of the coaches or AP polls came in 2008. They missed the final four weeks of the rankings. The upcoming daunting schedule may break that skid. Starting with the matchup at No. 21 Florida (3-1) on Saturday, the Tigers play three of four ranked teams, hosting No. 12 Auburn, traveling to Ole Miss and No. 1 Alabama.
LSU was last absent from the coaches poll almost a year ago exactly. The Tigers re-entered last year’s coaches poll on Oct. 10, two weeks after that loss to Auburn. They slipped from the rankings in November of 2015 before returning after one week. They were out of the polls for two two-week stretches in 2014, too.
When the pressure was on, when LSU needed someone — anyone — to make a play Saturday night i…
There was no wooden horse needed.