Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/4/12
The LSU Tigers have managed to clinch the No. 1 spot in the just released USA Today top 25 Coaches poll despite having fewer first place votes (18) than both the Alabama Crimson Tide (20) and the USC Trojans (19).  LSU's rank may have been a surprise to some considering the pummeling the Tigers suffered at the hands of Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game last year where they were shut out 21-0. What fans with short memories may fail to recall is that LSU was undefeated entering the National Championship, including a win against then No. 2 Alabama in a 9-6 overtime squeaker.  Fans may also have forgotten that the Tigers bulldozed plenty of other top-notch teams en route to to the BCS title game; No. 3 Oregon, No. 25 Mississippi State, No. 16 West Virginia, No. 17 Florida, No. 20 Auburn, No. 3 Arkansas and No. 16 Georgia.  In fact, LSU actually outscored their opponents 500-137 while playing in college football's toughest conference, the SEC. That's a pretty impressive resum...
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