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Honey Badger Effect

USA TODAY- It is only a preseason national title, but the permanent dismissal last week of the star LSU cornerback for repeated positive drug tests dropped the Tigers from No. 1 to No. 3 in the Associated Press preseason poll released Saturday. LSU was voted No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.

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USA TODAY- Tyrann Mathieu has cost LSU a national championship.

  • Tyrann Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston since being dismissed from the Tigers.

    Dave Martin, AP

    Tyrann Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston since being dismissed from the Tigers.

Dave Martin, AP

Tyrann Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston since being dismissed from the Tigers.

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It is only a preseason national title, but the permanent dismissal last week of the star LSU cornerback for repeated positive drug tests dropped the Tigers from No. 1 to No. 3 in the Associated Press preseason poll released Saturday. LSU was voted No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.

The original deadline for the 60 voters to cast their ballots was Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a release date of Aug. 18. The AP tallied the votes that day and LSU finished No. 1 with 28 first place votes, followed by USC at No. 2 with 22 first place votes and No. 3 Alabama with nine. Those results were unknown to the public at the time because of the release embargo.