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One final look back at the USA TODAY Sports FBS 1-130 ranking for the 2021 season.
The chapter is finally closed and the Purple and Gold can move forward towards a new era of football. Brian Kelly officially took over the team as head coach on Jan. 5. The day after their 42-20 loss to Kansas State in the Texas Bowl. At least that is when the run of interim coach Brad Davis came to an end, he will return to his post as offensive line coach in 2022.
According to Paul Myerberg’s FBS re-ranking, the LSU Tigers found themselves down to No. 58 overall. Close to where Auburn was ranked at No. 56. Their postseason opponents, Kansas State finished out the year as the No. 38 team climbing 10 spots. The loss to the Wildcats sent LSU tumbling down nine spots in the ranking.
Here is a look at where the 2022 opponents finished in the final ranking. LSU will play Florida State in New Orleans on Sept. 4 to kick off the Brian Kelly era.
2022 Opponents Final Ranking
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Florida State (No. 70)
Southern (FCS team, N/A)
Mississippi State (No. 50)
New Mexico (No. 119)
Auburn (No. 56)
Tennessee (No. 44)
Florida (No. 69)
Ole Miss (No. 12)
Alabama (No. 2)
Arkansas (No. 26)
UAB (No. 35)
Texas A&M (No. 32)
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