Tigers Vault Over Sooners to # 1 Ranking

BATON ROUGE — After completing a brutal September schedule that included three road wins against ranked opponents, the LSU football team (4-0, 1-0 SEC) moved to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday.

The Tigers also moved into a tie for No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

LSU jumped No. 1 Oklahoma into the top spot in the writers’ poll, as the Tigers earned 42 of 60 first-place votes. The Sooners were No. 2, followed by Alabama, Boise State and Oklahoma State.

LSU was last ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 in January of 2008 after winning the 2007 BCS National Championship game against Ohio State.

After flip-flopping with SEC rival Alabama in the opening weeks of the coaches’ poll, the schools were tied in the week 4 poll.

The Tigers received 20 of 59 first-place votes from the coaches, while No. 1 Oklahoma held the top spot with 32. Alabama had seven first-place votes after a home victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

On Saturday night, LSU opened a 13-0 lead at West Virginia and scored the game’s final 20 points to beat the then-16th ranked Mountaineers, 47-21.

The victory came on the heels of a 19-6 Thursday night win at then-No. 25 Mississippi State and a season-opening victory over No. 2 Oregon in the Cowboys Classic.

LSU returns to Tiger Stadium on Saturday when the Tigers welcome Kentucky for an 11:21 a.m. CT kickoff on the SEC Network.

The AP Top 25
By The Associated Press

Team (First-Place Votes) Record Points Previous
1. LSU (42) 4-0 1,471 2
2. Oklahoma (12) 3-0 1,422 1
3. Alabama (5) 4-0 1,413 3
4. Boise St. (1) 3-0 1,280 4
5. Oklahoma St. 4-0 1,209 7
6. Stanford 3-0 1,205 5
7. Wisconsin 4-0 1,177 6

8. Nebraska 4-0 991 9
9. Oregon 3-1 985 10
10. South Carolina 4-0 950 12
11. Virginia Tech 4-0 883 13
12. Florida 4-0 820 15
13. Clemson 4-0 744 21
14. Texas A&M 2-1 734 8
15. Baylor 3-0 659 17
16. South Florida 4-0 585 18
17. Texas 3-0 466 19
18. Arkansas 3-1 434 14
19. Michigan 4-0 417 22
20. TCU 3-1 338 20
21. Georgia Tech 4-0 298 25
22. West Virginia 3-1 280 16
23. Florida St. 2-2 239 11
24. Illinois 4-0 179 24
25. Arizona St.3-1 112 NR

Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 51, Houston 38, Auburn 25, Iowa St. 21, Ohio St. 15, Kansas St. 14, Utah 12, Penn St. 9, Georgia 8, Washington 4, Notre Dame 3, Tennessee 3, Navy 2, Southern Cal 2, Mississippi St. 1, Missouri 1.

 

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