The No. 2 ranking for the Tigers is the highest preseason ranking in the coaches poll since its inception in 1982. It also marks the highest preseason ranking for LSU since starting the 2004 season ranked No. 3 in the nation.
In addition, it marks the fourth consecutive year in which LSU goes into a season-opener ranked in the top 10. A year ago, the Tigers were No. 8 in the Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the coaches poll to start the season.
LSU returns 15 starters and 46 letterwinners from last year's squad that posted an 11-2 overall mark and beat Notre Dame, 41-14, in the Sugar Bowl. LSU won its final seven games last year and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.
Southern Cal came in at No. 1 in the poll, capturing 45 of the 60 first place votes for a total of 1,481 points. LSU followed with four first place votes and a total of 1,372 points. Florida was third in the poll, followed by Texas and Michigan.
The bottom half of the top 10 starts with West Virginia at No. 6, followed by Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Ohio State.
Other Southeastern Conference teams in the poll include Georgia at No. 13, Auburn at No. 14, Tennessee at No. 15, and Arkansas at No. 20.
In all, the Tigers are scheduled to play four teams who are ranked in the pre-season top 25 with all four of those contests coming in Tiger Stadium.
LSU will hold its first practice of the season on Saturday morning when the veterans workout at 9 a.m. The freshmen will follow on Saturday afternoon with their first workout.
2. LSU (4) 11-2 1,372 3
9. Virginia Tech 10-3 1,005 18
14. Auburn 11-2 595 8
17. UCLA 7-6 454 NR
22. TCU 11-2 233 21