LSU Football should’ve received more respect from national publication

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LSU Football has a lot to prove after going 11-11 over the past two seasons.

The Tigers hired Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame to lead the football program after parting ways with Ed Orgeron.

Coach O led the Tigers to a national championship two years ago, but he wasn’t able to come anywhere close to championship-level success in the two seasons that followed.

LSU has the talent. And now they have a coach with a reputation for winning everywhere he’s been.

Can Kelly deliver big results?

247Sports thinks he’ll at least have LSU in the top 10 on a regular basis.

LSU football receives major respect from 247Sports

247Sports recently revealed their projected top 25 rankings for 2025.

And they had the Tigers at No. 9.

I think this is somewhat fair — considering Kelly has to prove he can be successful in the SEC.

But it’s not where I would’ve ranked LSU.

It’s hard to argue against Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State being near the top. There’s nothing to suggest that those programs are slowing down anytime soon.

And I can see putting USC up there, too. Lincoln Riley is a great coach. I have no doubt that he’ll turn the Trojans’ program around.

But LSU at No. 9? This means 247Sports thinks they’re going to be a team on the cusp of the College Football Playoff. That should be the floor for LSU’s program, so it’s a good sign that 247Sports thinks the TIgers will be at that point in a few years.

LSU, however, didn’t hire Kelly to being in the conversation — they hired him to win championships.

247Sports doesn’t seem to think that will be the case.

Next. Brian Kelly once demoted his new OC. dark

We’ll revisit in a few years to see how correct/in-correct 247Sports was. Everyone loves a good freezing cold take, so hopefully the Tigers can prove 247Sports a little wrong.

By the way, I would’ve had LSU around No. 5.