LSU football finished the 2019 season ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation.
A year later, the Tigers were unranked in the final AP top 25 of the season.
For that reason, it could be hard for folks to predict what the state of LSU’s program will be a few years from now.
But that didn’t stop 247Sports from trying.
Where will LSU football rank in 2025?
247Sports recently took a look at what the top 25 could look like in 2025.
Unsurprisingly, they have a top-five of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
That top five makes a lot of sense — those five programs have been remarkably consistent over the last few years.
So where does 247Sports see the Tigers’ ranking in 2025?
Well, they have LSU as a top 10 program….barely.
247Sports has the Tigers coming at No. 9.
“Staff continuity is going to be paramount for Ed Orgeron over the next few seasons as the Tigers try to get back to the national power they were in 2019,” writes 247Sports’ Brad Crawford. “The stockpile of talent is always going to be there for this program and the downturn this fall is a mere hiccup in what should be a rather quick turnaround.”
“Expect the Tigers to be back in the Top 10 annually in short order as long as nothing comes of this current situation involving former coach Les Miles and reported allegations of misconduct,” added Crawford.
I think this is a fair assessment. LSU may have a recent national championship to its credit, but the program hasn’t displayed the same consistency as Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
But Crawford is right about the stockpile of talent. The elite in-state talent in Louisiana is always going to provide the Tigers with top 10 talent. LSU should be a top 10 program every single year while reaching the College Football Playoff every few years and competing for a national championship.
The 2021 season will be pivotal in Ed Orgeron’s career. This will be his chance to prove that 2019 wasn’t a fluke and that he belongs among the top coaches in the country.