BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- It's hard for the sixth-ranked LSU Tigers to argue they're being underrated and overlooked now.
Their circumstances have shifted markedly since August, when the program was surrounded by questions stemming from defensive player losses to the NFL, the offseason arrest of a top running back and an unproven passing game under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
The Tigers began the season ranked 12th, behind five other Southeastern Conference teams. Now, as LSU (3-0) enters its SEC schedule this Saturday night at home against Auburn, the "Bayou Bengals" are ranked below only one team in their league: No. 1 Alabama.
After three convincing wins, LSU coach Les Miles said is team is ready and eager for a league game against an Auburn team that has surprisingly also started 3-0.