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Tigers Picked to Finish Second in SEC

Annual summer poll of conference SIDs has LSU tied with Auburn.

NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Louisiana State vs Louisville Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports conducted its annual poll of Sports Information Directors at the SEC’s 14 schools, and the results appear to match the general chalk for the league in 2017 — with LSU picked to finish second.

The Tigers were tied with Auburn for No. 2 behind (duh) Alabama, with 142 total points: one first-place vote, four second-place choices, two third and five fourth-place votes.

The first-place vote slightly skews the consensus on LSU, which begins its first full season under coach Ed Orgeron (pictured). The Tigers return running back Derrius Guice and quarterback Danny Etling. Led by Arden Key, LSU's defensive line will be absolutely loaded this season.