So it sounds like a cliché, but it’s certainly true: The time to be No. 1 is in January, not in September.

But that view by LSU coach Les Miles, ever-practical, does not detract from the pleasure of LSU Tiger fans about the team’s remarkable September gridiron victories.

Huge wins over Oregon and then over West Virginia gave the Tigers the top spot in the AP’s football poll. Fans rightly rejoiced. But it’s a long season, and there could be downs as well as ups, perhaps.

Nevertheless, we enjoy being No. 1. We wish the Tigers well.