LSU ranked third by 'Blue Ribbon'

Staff reports
LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team out.

BATON ROUGE - LSU has been selected as a pre-season top 5 pick by another national publication as Blue Ribbon Yearbook tabbed the Tigers as the nation's No. 3 team heading into the 2011 season.

Oklahoma is ranked first in the Blue Ribbon Top 25. LSU is one of six Southeastern Conference teams in the poll with Alabama leading the way at No. 2. LSU is followed by South Carolina No. 10, Arkansas No. 14, Georgia No. 16, and Mississippi State No. 21.

Oregon, LSU's season-opening opponent, is ranked No. 5, while West Virginia, the Tigers' opponent on Sept. 24, is ranked No. 23. In all, LSU will face five teams in the Blue Ribbon Yearbook Top 25.

LSU returns 16 starters (9 offense, 7 defense) and 52 letterwinners from last year's team that posted an 11-2 overall record and finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Blue Ribbon Yearbook Top 25

1. Oklahoma

2. Alabama

3. LSU

4. Stanford

5. Oregon

6. Boise State

7. Florida State

8. Texas A&M

9. Nebraska

10. South Carolina

11. Virginia Tech

12. Oklahoma State

13. Wisconsin

14. Arkansas

15. Michigan State

16. Georgia

17. TCU

18. Ohio State

19. Notre Dame

20. Arizona State

21. Mississippi State

22. Southern Cal

23. West Virginia

24. Missouri

25. Southern Miss