LSU alone atop poll
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 7:01 pm
By RALPH D. RUSSO
College Football Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — LSU was a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, marking the first time since 2008 a team has received all the first-place votes during the regular season.
The Tigers (10-0), who have been No. 1 since Sept. 25, received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. The last unanimous top-ranked team in the regular season was Texas on Oct. 26, 2008.
Oklahoma State (10-0) was No. 2 for the second straight week, but the rest of the top five was scrambled a bit after Boise State and Stanford lost for the first time.
Alabama moved up to No. 3, Oregon jumped two spots to No. 4 and Oklahoma moved to No. 5.
LSU had been sharing first-place votes for the last month and a half with Alabama, Oklahoma and Boise State. But as those teams each took a loss, the Tigers picked up support.
Boise State was the only team other than LSU receiving a first-place vote last week, but after TCU upset the Broncos 36-35 at home on Saturday, the Tigers made a clean sweep.
No. 8 Stanford, which lost 53-30 at home to Oregon, and No. 10 Boise State each fell five spots this week.
The rest of the top 10 had Arkansas at No. 6, Clemson at No. 7 and Virginia Tech at No. 9.
The only other undefeated major college team, Houston from Conference USA, was No. 11.
No. 21 Penn State fell nine spots after it lost its first game following the firing of coach Joe Paterno, 17-14 at home to No. 17 Nebraska.
Four teams dropped out of the rankings after losses: Cincinnati, Auburn, Texas and Georgia Tech.
Oregon charged back into national championship contention, jumping to fourth place in the BCS standings Sunday after its big victory over Stanford.
LSU and Oklahoma State, both unbeaten, have the top two spots locked down and are on a path to meet in the BCS title game if they can stay perfect.
Alabama is third hoping for a stumble by the top two.
Published in The Messenger 11.14.11