LSU was voted as the No. 1 team in America in the preseason USA Today Coaches' poll, which was released Thursday.
The Tigers picked up 18 first-place votes, which were two fewer than Alabama. But the defending national champion Crimson Tide fell four total points short of the top spot, as LSU collected 1,403 points in voting of the nation's coaches.
USC also had more first-place votes than LSU, netting 19 and coming in No. 3 in the initial poll.
Oklahoma, which received one first-place vote, is fourth. Oregon checks in at No. 5.
The SEC has five of the nation's top 10 teams and seven teams overall in the preseason poll. The Big 12 has six teams.
Here is the complete USA Today Coaches' poll:
Zach Mettenberger and the Tigers are the preseason No. 1 team in the USA Today Coaches' poll.
7. Florida State
9. South Carolina
11. West Virginia
13. Michigan State
19. Oklahoma State
20. Virginia Tech
21. Kansas State
22. Boise State
24. Notre Dame
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