LSU Football: 247Sports gives Tigers a respectable ranking in post spring top 25

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The 2020 season didn’t go as planned for LSU football.

After an incredible 15-0 season in 2019 — which culminated with a win in the national championship game against Clemson — the Tigers came back to earth last season.

LSU went 5-5 in 2020, thanks to a struggling defense that never performed up to expectations under defensive coordinator Bo Pelini (who was hired to replace Dave Aranda).

But while the 2020 season was a disappointment, there were signs near the end of the year that LSU was back on track.

The Tigers finished the season on an impressive two-game winning streak (a road win against No. 6 Florida and a home win against Ole Miss). Max Johnson, who is battling Myles Brennan for the starting quarterback job this spring, proved to be a valuable asset for LSU. Johnson started the final two games of the season for the Tigers.

LSU football is a borderline top 10 team according to 247Sports

LSU’s reputation, combined with their strong finish to the 2020 season, led 247Sports to give the Tigers a respectable ranking this week in their post-spring top 25.

247Sports has the Tigers at No. 13, just a spot behind Florida.

“Orgeron replaced half the on-field staff, and there’s some new energy around a locker room that has a nice blend of veterans and talented newcomers,” noted 247Sports’ Shea Dixon.

There was no way the Tigers were ever going to replicate their success from 2019 in 2020.

The letdown season wasn’t a total surprise — considering the amount of talent LSU lost.

This is still a talented team, though. And Orgeron made some great hires this offseason.

That’s why placing the Tigers at No. 13 is completely reasonable.

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