The SEC preseason poll hilariously underrates LSU football

LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly addresses the media at the 2023 SEC Football Kickoff Media Days at the Nashville Grand Hyatt on Broadway, Monday, July 17, 2023.
LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly addresses the media at the 2023 SEC Football Kickoff Media Days at the Nashville Grand Hyatt on Broadway, Monday, July 17, 2023. /

The 2023 SEC preseason football media poll was released on Friday. As such, we’re scratching our heads over the media’s thoughts regarding LSU football.

According to the 2023 SEC preseason football media poll, LSU football will finish 2nd in the SEC West in 2023. The poll was released at the conclusion of SEC Media Days in Nashville.

As voted on by hundreds of credentialed media members, the poll favors Georgia football to win the SEC. Exactly 265 writers cast their ballot for the Dawgs to win the conference. Alabama football is ranked 2nd with 165 first-place votes. LSU football is 3rd with 117 first-place votes from the media.

Therein lies our problem.

We’re not sure what the media sees in Alabama that is better than LSU football ahead of the 2023 season. LSU football needed less than one season under Brian Kelly to knock off the Crimson Tide in conference play. But, of course, the 2023 version of the game will unfold in Tuscaloosa.

Regardless, Alabama football has swapped out their Heisman-winning, top NFL draft pick quarterback for a trio of question marks. Conversely, LSU football enters its second season with Jayden Daniels under center.

Daniels was named to the preseason All-SEC first team for a good reason. The 5th-year quarterback is among the most dynamic in college football. Moreover, Daniels is unquestionably the conference’s more talented and experienced quarterback in 2023.

Daniels doesn’t throw the ball 90-yards, but he has also never lost a QB1 battle to Sean Clifford, either.

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Aside from an upper hand under center, LSU football holds a significant advantage over the SEC in coaches. Indeed, LSU football is the only SEC program returning the same head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator from 2022.

Such continuity is a big deal. While other SEC football programs are adjusting on one or both sides of the ball, the LSU Tigers are picking up where they left off.

The media obviously placed Alabama football atop the SEC West because of Nick Saban. We don’t discount Saban’s ability to develop a winning team, but we’re offended at the doubt thrust at Brian Kelly.

Does the media think LSU football’s 2022 season was a fluke?

But, of course, we shouldn’t care what the media thinks. However, five weeks before football returns, we’re in the mood to nitpick. We’re also ready for the collective to start retaking LSU football seriously.

Next. LSU makes a football uniform change for 2023. dark

Conversely, we’re probably getting a tad carried away with the SEC preseason football media poll. After all, eight media members voted for Vanderbilt football to finish the season as SEC champions.

Yes, you read that correctly.