LSU Football in top 5 of PFF’s early top 25

LSU Football WR Ja'Marr Chase (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
LSU Football WR Ja'Marr Chase (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

LSU football will be among the top programs in the country in 2020 according to Pro Football Focus.

Most analysts seem to be down on LSU football heading into the 2020 season, despite the Tigers’ national championship win in 2019.

247Sports doesn’t have LSU reaching the College Football Playoff in 2020, and Las Vegas only has the Tigers with the fifth-best odds to win the SEC this season.

One publication, however, is giving the Tigers the proper respect.

Pro Football Focus, one of the most respected publications in college football, has LSU at No. 4 in their early top 25.

“LSU does not fall as far in this ranking as it might in others, due in large part to the strength of the program, led by Ed Orgeron,” wrote PFF’s Eric Eager.

LSU football is being perceived the wrong way in 2020

The main reason that analysts are down on LSU in 2020 is because of the amount of talent the Tigers lost from their national championship winning team.

LSU had 14 players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, including quarterback Joe Burrow, wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Tigers also had several players sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents (including tight end Thaddeus Moss).

It seems that analysts/publications are focusing on the talent LSU lost, instead of the talent that’s present in Baton Rouge.

The Tigers have the best wide receiver in the nation (Ja’Marr Chase) on the roster. They also have the best defensive back in the nation (Derek Stingley Jr). Any team in the SEC with two of the best players in the nation is going to be a threat to reach the playoff.

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LSU has top-five talent. And it’s nice to see PFF recognize that.

And the folks that don’t recognize it likely will by the end of the season.