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LSU football: Where the Tigers rank in the first too-early Top 25 poll

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football, with LSU beat writer Nick Suss. Today we discuss way-too-early preseason polls, regionals, recruiting flips, lucky pennies and more. Enjoy!

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Because the world is a never-ending cycle of football speculation and speculative football, we got a look at one of our first 2017 preseason Top 25s Monday, this one from Athlon Sports.

The LSU football team slid in at No. 11, behind Alabama (No. 1) and Auburn (No. 9) among SEC schools. Other than some early love for Texas and Notre Dame (surprise, surprise), this Top 25 isn’t all that different from last year’s postseason Top 25. All 10 of Athlon Sports’ top 10 teams played in a New Year’s Six Bowl, and three College Football Playoff participants ranked in the top 4.

There are going to be so many more top 25 polls as the season gets closer, so it’s not really worth arguing about LSU’s relative placement compared to these other teams. You’ve heard the compliments and the critiques before. The passing game needs help. Derrius Guice is a workhorse. Arden Key is a menace. The linebackers are thin. It’s not new.

So, if you want to get riled up that Auburn is ranked ahead of LSU, feel free. But just know that if you’re going to be passionate every time a ranking comes out, you’re going to run out of passion by the time the rankings that matter come out.

In polls that do matter

In Monday’s Bayou Bengal Briefing, we talked about Louisiana recruits who got out of LSU’s grasp. I left a poll for you to vote on which Louisiana product you most wish LSU could’ve signed. Almost 300 of you voted. Here are your answers.

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The right answer ran away with the poll. Almost two-thirds of you (64 percent) voted for quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott, formerly of Mississippi State and now with the Dallas Cowboys, was a star at a position where LSU hasn’t been able to find consistency. And he’s a Louisianan at heart. That’s a hard miss.

After that, safety Landon Collins and offensive tackle Cam Robinson split second place pretty evenly, with Robinson snagging 16 percent and Collins grabbing 12 percent. I would’ve expected Collins to fare better in the poll, but then again, LSU hasn’t exactly been hurting at safety without him.

Everyone else in the poll got between 1 and 3 percent, including write-ins. The most interesting write-in to me was linebacker Dylan Moses. Sure, Moses looks like he’s going to be a fine player. But to argue right now that Moses will be better than Prescott or Collins? That’s a lot of faith to put in a freshman linebacker, especially when LSU secured commits from linebackers in the same class who are touted equally, if not better.

That’s not to say it’s a bad choice. The dude is from Baton Rouge and LSU let him get out. I just thought it was an interesting write-in. Thank you whoever suggested it. And thank you to everyone who voted. We do polls in the Bayou Bengal Briefing every Monday. Be sure to check back for them.

Another one who got away

Former LSU football quarterback commit Zadock Dinkelmann committed to BYU Monday.

A Class of 2018 passer, Dinkelmann decommitted from LSU in January after having been committed to the purple and gold since he was in middle school. And it’s hard to blame the kid for changing his mind on a decision he made in the eighth grade. Because, be honest with me, how many of you would be happy in life right now if you followed your eighth grade dreams?

When I was in the eighth grade, for instance, I watched three college football games per year: Ohio State vs. Michigan, the Rose Bowl and the BCS Championship. Now I write about college football professionally. Things change.

Usually, when a kid goes back on his commitment, fans get mad. But can we all agree if a kid makes a decision before he can legally see a PG-13 movie by himself then he shouldn’t be held to that?

Do you, Dinkelmann. Just don’t expect LSU fans to be on your side when you’re tweeting about BYU this September.

Ballers

The SEC released its first- and second-team All-SEC baseball players for 2017 Monday, as well as its All-Freshman team and its All-Defensive team. Here’s a list of LSU players who cracked the lists.

First-Team All-SEC

  • RF Greg Deichmann
  • SP Alex Lange

Second-Team All-SEC

  • SS Kramer Robertson

SEC All-Freshman Team

  • 3B Josh Smith
  • CF Zach Watson
  • SP Eric Walker

SEC All-Defensive Team

  • C Michael Papierski
  • 3B Josh Smith

(Soft)ballers

The LSU softball team advanced to Super Regionals Monday with a win over Louisiana-Lafayette. The Tigers will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on the Florida State Seminoles (54-6-1) in a three-game set with a spot in the Women’s College World Series on the line.

Action begins Friday at 4 p.m. CT on ESPNU and WatchESPN. The Tigers will get the big lights on Saturday when they play at 2 p.m. on ESPN and, if necessary, Sunday’s game will be at noon on ESPNU.

LSU must win two out of three games to qualify for the Women’s College World Series. If LSU loses twice, the season will be over.

ICYMI

Let’s catch up on things worth catching up on. Here’s the biggest LSU football and athletics news you might’ve missed Monday.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, today is “National Lucky Penny Day.” Though, if you really have a lucky penny, every day should be Lucky Penny Day if you think about it.

I’m a firm believer that luck plays a bigger factor in everything than we’re willing to admit, especially sports. I’d say every football game that’s decided by one possession or fewer was ultimately decided by luck, and the same can be said about close games in just about every sport.

When you’re talking about games that literally change on the bounce of a ball, there’s a lot out of your control. So why not leave everything up to a penny you find head’s up? Like Louis from Even Stevens.

That’s right. Today’s forced sitcom reference is a real deep cut. So deep, that we’re going to cut it off right there. Thanks for reading the Bayou Bengal Briefing. May all your pennies be face up today.

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