LSU tops The Sporting News poll

The best team in college football for the 2011 season?

The Sporting News has tabbed LSU No. 1 in its annual preseason magazine. The Tigers will likely be a consensus top 5 pick in every preseason poll. We'll find out right away how valid that ranking is. Their opponent in the Sept. 3 season opener is Oregon, which is ranked No. 5 in The Sporting News poll.

Alabama was No. 3, giving the SEC two of the top three teams.

Six SEC teams cracked The Sporting News' Top 25. The other four were Arkansas at No. 11, Mississippi State at No. 15, South Carolina at No. 19 and Auburn at No. 21.

Anybody surprised that Florida and Georgia were both left out?

If that holds true, the Eastern Division could be even weaker than it was a year ago.

When's the last time we've gone into a season and neither Florida or Georgia was in the preseason Top 25?

The short answer: It's been a while.