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The college football preview magazines are flooding the racks like a Lane Kiffin press conference.
And if they don't get you ready for football, check your pulse.
Lindy's Football Preview and Athlon's are my favorites.
There's a lot of great information and their photos have always been spectacular.
Athlon's picks LSU No. 17 in the nation and third in the SEC West behind Alabama and Ole Miss.
ULM is ranked No. 113, while UL Lafayette comes in at 114. There are 120 if you are wondering.
Athlon's did rate LSU's 2009 recruiting class as the best in the nation.
One interesting tidbit of a bunch is that visiting teams were 24-23 in the SEC last season. And for the fifth time in six seasons, the SEC did not have a 1,000-yard receiver, but has featured at least one 1,000-yard rusher every season since 1974.
Athlon's has an SEC All-Decade Team with LSU represented by Josh Reed, Glenn Dorsey and LaRon Landry. Each school has to be represented and no school can have more than three players.
Phil Steele's College Football Preview shares some interesting stats from last year and the past few years.
LSU ranks 14th in all-time winningest FBS (boy, I really miss Div. I-A) with a .640 percentage (698-382-47).
Michigan leads with a .740 percentage (871-294-36).
Notre Dame is second at .736, while Texas is third at .718.
Boise State has the highest overall winning percentage from 199-2008 at .843.
I wonder how Tiger Stadium would look with a blue field? Can you imagine some of those folks who consume the spirits walking in and looking down at a shade of blue?
Texas, Oklahoma and Southern Cal follow with Ohio State at No. 5 with a .769 percentage.
Tulsa led the nation in most touchdown drives of five plays or less with 39. Florida was second at 36, while Oregon had 33. Louisiana-Lafayette ranked 10th with 22.
Southern Mississippi ranked 25th with 17.
The Golden Eagles ranked 11th in most TD drives under two minutes with 21. Tulsa led in that category, as well with 45.
The Ragin' Cajuns led the nation in most offensive touchdowns of 50 yards or more with 11. Houston, Oregon and Georgia Tech had eight each.
LSU ranks third in wins away from home over the past six years, carrying a .778 percentage.
The Tigers are 28-8. USC is 36-6 over the past six years (.857). while Texas is 32-7 (.821).
The Tigers are 37-6 at home in the past six years (.860), which ranks No. 9. Boise State is No. 1 at 38-1, while Oklahoma is 37-1 and USC is 35-1.
Ole Miss is sixth among current win streaks with six. Utah is carrying a 14-game winning streak, while Florida has a 10-game winning streak.
Oklahoma has the best home winning streak at 23. Georgia has won eight straight road games.
Washington, which hosts LSU in its opener this fall, has the longest current losing streak at 14. Iowa State and SMU have 10 straight losses, while Tulane is carrying an eight-game losing streak.
Southern Mississippi's DeAndre Brown was the top freshman receiver with 67 catches for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Florida State has made the most consecutive bowl appearances with 27. Florida is next at 18, while Virginia Tech is at 16. LSU ranks ninth at nine. Southern Miss has seven.
Florida State played the most true freshmen last year with 22, while Miami (Fla.) had 21.
Arkansas was third at 16, while Toledo, SMU and Alabama had 15 each. Tulane played 12.