LSU football misses out on preseason USA TODAY Sports coaches poll for first time since 2000

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BATON ROUGE -- LSU football has missed the top 25 of the USA TODAY AFCA football coaches poll for the first time since 2000.

The Tigers received 143 votes but were not one of the six SEC schools that cracked the top 25. Ole Miss, Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia all made the rankings.

The Tigers, under first-year coach Brian Kelly, head into the 2022 season after posting an 11-12 record over the past two years.

LSU last season was the No. 13-ranked team in the preseason poll. The Tigers lost to unranked UCLA in the season opener and dropped out of the poll for the remainder of the year.

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LSU posted a 6-7 record last season as its season ended against Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Jan. 5. Coach Ed Orgeron agreed to part ways with the school in October but finished the the regular season.

Kelly, after spending 12 seasons at Notre Dame, was hired on Nov. 30. During the offseason, Kelly changed out all but one member of LSU's on-field coaching staff and added 15 players from the transfer portal.

The Tigers' season opener is on Sept. 4 in New Orleans against Florida State.

Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at kriley@theadvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.

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