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blacksaint 09-30-2007 09:48 PM

LSU takes top ranking in AP poll
 
Close win over UW drops USC to No. 2 in Top 25
Posted: Sunday September 30, 2007 2:17PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- LSU reached No. 1 the hard way.

The Tigers edged past Southern California in the AP Top 25 on Sunday, even though the Trojans remained undefeated.

On a wild day in college football, when half the top 10 lost, USC avoided the upset bug that struck Oklahoma, Florida, Texas and Rutgers. But a sloppy 27-24 victory at Washington on Saturday night cost the Trojans the No. 1 ranking they've held all season.

USC is the first team to lose the No. 1 ranking after a victory since Nov. 3, 2002, when top-ranked Miami dropped after beating Rutgers 42-17 and No. 2 Oklahoma moved up after a 27-11 victory over No. 13 Colorado.

LSU, which recovered from its own first-half malaise to beat Tulane 34-9 on Saturday, received 33 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,593 points. USC got 32 first-place votes, 11 fewer than last week, and 1,591 points.

The voting was the closest since the second poll of the 2002 season, when Miami and Oklahoma tied for No. 1 and each received 27 first-place votes.

LSU is No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time since Nov. 2, 1959.

The rest of the rankings released Sunday bore little resemblance to any of the previous polls, thanks to a crazy weekend in which three of the top five and seven of the top 13 teams lost.

Overall, nine ranked teams went down, seven to unranked opponents.

California moved up three spots to No. 3, Ohio State jumped four places to No. 4 and Wisconsin moved up five spots to No. 5.

The rest of the top 10 featured some unfamiliar names.

South Florida, which knocked off No. 5 West Virginia 21-13 on Thursday night, made it into the poll for the first time two weeks ago. Now the Bulls are No. 6 in the country and West Virginia dropped eight spots to 13th.

No. 7 Boston College is in the top 10 for the first time since 1992. No. 8 Kentucky has a top-10 ranking for the first time since 1977.

No. 9 Florida, which lost 20-17 on a last-second field goal to Auburn, fell five spots. Oklahoma, which lost to Colorado on a field goal as time expired, dropped seven spots to No. 10.

In the USA Today coaches' poll, USC held on to No. 1, with LSU, Cal, Ohio State and Wisconsin in the top five.

The other two top-10 teams to lose this weekend took the largest tumbles in the new rankings.

Texas dropped 12 spots to No. 19 after it was handed its worst home loss of the Mack Brown era, 41-21 at home to Kansas State. The Wildcats entered the rankings for the first time since 2004 at No. 24.

Rutgers fell 11 spots to No. 21 after losing 34-24 at home to Maryland.

The second 10 starts with South Carolina at No. 11 and Georgia at No. 12.

After West Virginia is Oregon at No. 14. The Ducks fell three spots after a tough 31-24 loss to Cal. Virginia Tech is No. 15, followed by Hawaii, Missouri and Arizona State at No. 18.

Cincinnati moved up four spots to No. 20, a week after receiving its first national ranking in 31 years.

Clemson, another upset victim, fell nine spots to No. 22 after losing 13-3 to Georgia Tech.

No. 23 Purdue was the second newcomer to the rankings, along with Kansas State, and No. 25 Nebraska was the only team in the Top 25 to hold the same spot as it did last week.

Falling out of the rankings were Penn State and Alabama.

AP Top 25
Rank Team Record Pts Pvs
1. LSU (33) 5-0 1,593 2
2. Southern Cal (32) 4-0 1,591 1
3. California 5-0 1,475 6
4. Ohio St. 5-0 1,420 8
5. Wisconsin 5-0 1,271 9
6. South Florida 4-0 1,203 18
7. Boston College 5-0 1,172 12
8. Kentucky 5-0 1,143 14
9. Florida 4-1 1,031 4
10. Oklahoma 4-1 992 3
11. South Carolina 4-1 900 16
12. Georgia 4-1 885 15
13. West Virginia 4-1 861 5
14. Oregon 4-1 837 11
15. Virginia Tech 4-1 639 17
16. Hawaii 5-0 586 19
17. Missouri 4-0 561 20
18. Arizona St. 5-0 497 23
19. Texas 4-1 449 7
20. Cincinnati 5-0 377 24
21. Rutgers 3-1 299 10
22. Clemson 4-1 265 13
23. Purdue 5-0 218 --
24. Kansas St. 3-1 214 --
25. Nebraska 4-1 198 25

Others receiving votes: Florida St. 101, Miami 83, Illinois 59, Auburn 52, UCLA 49, Texas A&M 29, Michigan St. 16, Michigan 15, Connecticut 9, Alabama 6, Arkansas 5, Colorado 5, UCF 5, Penn St. 4, Boise St. 3, Kansas 3, Virginia 3, Washington 1.

SI.com - NCAA Football - LSU climbs to No. 1 in AP Top 25 - Sunday September 30, 2007 2:24PM

lynwood 09-30-2007 10:27 PM

Re: LSU takes top ranking in AP poll
 
I hope they can keep the ranking. Beating Florida should solidify them as the number 1 until they lose.

lewpac 10-01-2007 09:17 PM

Re: LSU takes top ranking in AP poll
 
Hawaii is 16th..............................

I know, I know, I know, I know.........................

They play in the WAC. They play two Div. 1AA games. They play 3/4 of their games at home. They throw on every down in the "run'n'shoot" (the chuck & duck). If they placed in the SEC they'd be 0-11 every year.

I know all that (remember, I'm from PA, and then TX.)

But STILL, it's SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

papz 10-02-2007 05:45 PM

Re: LSU takes top ranking in AP poll
 
I'm only worried about this week's game and the one against Arkansas. If we can beat those two teams, we'll go undefeated.


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