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Where would you rather LSU be ranked to open a season?

  1. #1 with target on our back?

    18 vote(s)
    45.0%
  2. Anywhere else...underdogs or not respected

    22 vote(s)
    55.0%
  1. Richdog

    Richdog 02 Cecilia alumni champs

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    Where would you rather be ranked?
    #1 to open season
    Anywhere else

    I've seen people complaining about not wanting to be ranked #1 because the target is on our back
    While others complain about not being ranked higher (most recently in baseball being ranked behind such powerhouses as coastal carolina and tcu)

    where do you stand?
     
  2. KingEmeritus

    KingEmeritus ofthePoint

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    In football, I would rather be ranked #1. You start off with a lot of respect. You don't have to earn it. Now the SEC is on such a run right now, that as long as you take care of business, you will play in the BCS title game.

    In baseball, rankings early in the season don't matter. There are plenty of games to prove your worth.
     
  3. ehusson80

    ehusson80 Founding Member

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    I welcome the challenge of starting the year #1. The more pressure and adversity the team faces, the sweeter the victory is in the end. I would rather see us win a championship with a brutal schedule than a softer one with few or no tough road trips and/or OOC games. If we run the table next year, I don't see anyone claiming we had an easy OOC schedule or played most or all of our tough games at home.
     
  4. StaceyO

    StaceyO Football Turns Me On

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    In college football, starting high in the polls is paramount. Starting #2 in '07 is what allowed us back into the championship picture when the impossible happened the last week of the season.

    We are LSU; we should not worry about "targets" on our backs. We've had one firmly there since the '03 championship. Any team that has one 2 MNC's in the past 8 years is going to be targeted.

    Bring on #1. Have we ever been ranked #1 to start a season? Obviously, it's really possible this year, with Oregon probably at #2 because the media would salivate over that matchup in Jerry World on opening weekend.
     
  5. TigerCliff

    TigerCliff Veteran Member

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    Well I don't want to see the red team with a short coach be ranked #1
     
  6. TUSKtimes

    TUSKtimes Riding the Wave

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    Preseason polls are like the starting gate at the Kentucky derby. Don't mean much till those gates swing open.

    We shall see who has Secretariat.
     
  7. MobileBengal

    MobileBengal Founding Member

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    Except that's not true. As was mentioned earlier, being ranked highly in the preseason is important, if you have any national championship aspirations. Teams don't start out even, as the horses do.
     
  8. lsudolemite

    lsudolemite CodeJockey Extraordinaire

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    LSU has not done well handling the pressure of a #1 football ranking, especially in 2007, and that's something I want to see changed. If you're truly a notch above the competition, then you welcome the challenge of that bullseye and prove that you deserve the ranking. I seriously doubt we will start out there, but if we start the season in the Top 10 and win the opener against Oregon, then we should be sitting pretty in the Top 5.
     
  9. TUSKtimes

    TUSKtimes Riding the Wave

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    The barn started in less then idea preseason ranking last time out. I believe what holds true for LSU, holds true for Bama, holds true for Florida. Just win.
     
  10. LaSalleAve

    LaSalleAve when in doubt, mumble

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    I would not want to be ranked number 1. Look at our schedule. If we run the table or drop 1 game and win the SEC we are playing for the marbles. We don't need to be ranked number 1 at the beginning of the season. Those rankings shouldn't even come out until week 7.
     

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