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The good news for LSU football fans is that the first USAToday poll for the 2014 season says that the Tigers are the 13th best team in the land. That's a lot of respect for a team that has lost a lot of top players to the NFLthe past two years.

The bad news for LSU, is that rating still places them only 3rd in the SEC West and 5th in the SECoverall.

Alabama is ranked 2nd, Auburn 5th, South Carolina 9th and Georgia 12th - all ahead of LSU.

Other SECschools included Ole Miss at 19 and Texas A&M at 20.

Florida State is the top-ranked team overall.

1. Florida State (56) 14-0 1543 1
2. Alabama 11-2 1455 8
3. Oklahoma (3) 11-2 1382 6
4. Oregon (1) 11-2 1314 9
5. Auburn 12-2 1271 2
6. Ohio State (1) 12-2 1267 10
7. UCLA 10-3 1085 16
8. Michigan State 13-1 1050 3
9. South Carolina (1) 11-2 1009 4
10. Baylor 11-2 965 13
11. Stanford 11-3 955 10
12. Georgia 8-5 905 --
13. LSU 10-3 833 14
14. Wisconsin 9-4 654 21
15. Southern Cal 10-4 627 19
16. Clemson 11-2 535 7
17. Notre Dame 9-4 509 24
18. Arizona State 10-4 358 20
19. Mississippi 8-5 346 --
20. Texas A&M 9-4 266 18
21. Kansas State 8-5 257 --
22. Nebraska 9-4 228 25
23. North Carolina 7-6 175 --
24. Texas 8-5 143 --
25. Washington 9-4 142 --

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