LSU is new No. 1 in AP Top 25, OU No. 2

By Ralph D. Russo/The Associated Press

Another decisive victory away from home pushed LSU to No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2007.

The Tigers bumped Oklahoma from the top spot Sunday after winning 47-21 at West Virginia the night before.

The Sooners had been No. 1 since the preseason. They stayed unbeaten with a 38-28 victory at home against Missouri.

LSU received 42 first-place votes from the 60-member media panel and 1,471 points. Oklahoma received 12 first-place votes and 1,422 points.

No. 3 Alabama received five first-place votes and No. 4 Boise State had one.

Oklahoma State jumped two spots to No. 5 after winning at Texas A&M.

The Tigers haven’t been No. 1 since winning the national championship in 2007. The Tigers held the top ranking for four weeks during the regular season that year.

LSU (4-0) added the victory against West Virginia to wins over Oregon at Dallas Cowboys Stadium and at Mississippi State. All three were ranked at the time the Tigers played them.

Oklahoma certainly hasn’t struggled, with wins against Tulsa, at Florida State and Missouri. And losing the top spot in the polls after a victory isn’t uncommon. It happened once last season and twice the season before.

For now, the Tigers’ resume’ has swayed voters.

The schedule doesn’t let up much for LSU, though the Tigers do play at home the next two weeks against Kentucky (2-2) and No. 12 Florida (4-0).

No. 6 is Stanford, followed by Wisconsin and Nebraska. The seventh-ranked Badgers will welcome the eight-ranked Cornhuskers to the Big Ten on Saturday in Madison, as Nebraska plays its first game in its new conference.

Oregon is No. 9 and South Carolina is 10th.

No. 11 Virginia Tech hosts No. 13 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s biggest game of the upcoming. The Tigers moved up eight spots after beating Florida State 35-30 in Death Valley.

The Seminoles slipped 12 spots to No. 23 after its second consecutive loss.

No. 12 Florida hosts Alabama in the SEC’s biggest game.

Texas A&M slipped six spots to No. 14 after losing to Oklahoma State.

Baylor and quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has 13 touchdown passes against only 12 incomplete passes this season, is 15th.

No. 16 South Florida is followed by Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and TCU.

The final five were Georgia Tech, West Virginia, which slipped six spots, Florida State, Illinois and Arizona State.

The Sun Devils slipped back into the rankings after snapping an 11-game losing streak to Southern California with a 43-22 victory.

USC was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week.

The Associated Press Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 24, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pv
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.

USA Today Top 25 Poll

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 24, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pvs
1. Oklahoma (32) 3-0 1,434 1
2. LSU (20) 4-0 1,404 3
2. Alabama (7) 4-0 1,404 2
4. Stanford 3-0 1,225 5
5. Boise State 3-0 1,223 4
6. Oklahoma State 4-0 1,172 6
7. Wisconsin 4-0 1,156 7
8. Nebraska 4-0 1,040 9
9. South Carolina 4-0 976 10
10. Virginia Tech 4-0 935 11
11. Oregon 3-1 914 13
12. Florida 4-0 817 15
13. Texas A&M 2-1 681 8
14. South Florida 4-0 631 17
15. Clemson 4-0 598 22
16. Baylor 3-0 528 19
17. Texas 3-0 525 18
18. Arkansas 3-1 432 12
19. Michigan 4-0 414 21
20. TCU 3-1 364 20
21. Georgia Tech 4-0 333 24
22. Illinois 4-0 181 NR
23. West Virginia 3-1 158 16
24. Florida State 2-2 157 14
25. Michigan State 3-1 153 23

Others receiving votes Houston 70; Ohio State 61; Arizona State 57; Penn State 34; Iowa State 33; Kansas State 13; North Carolina 13; Texas Tech 13; Utah 11; Northwestern 5; Tennessee 3; Washington 3; Auburn 2; Air Force 1; Temple 1.