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The LSU football team, coming off of its first unranked football season since 2008, is ranked No. 14 in the Sporting News' Preseason Top 25 poll released Thursday.

The Southeastern Conference teams ranked ahead of LSU in the poll are Auburn (No. 3) and Alabama (No. 5).

LSU opens the season against McNeese State on Sept. 5 in Tiger Stadium.

Click here to see the entire poll.