The Tigers are 4-1 after beating New Mexico State 63-7 behind a breakout performance from true freshman quarterback Brandon Harris. LSU, 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play, travels to No. 5 Auburn (4-0, 1-0 SEC) next Saturday.
LSU fell 10 spots to No. 18 in the coaches poll last week after a loss to Mississippi State, the biggest tumble in those rankings since 2008. The nine-spot fall last week was the biggest in the AP poll since 2004
Alabama replaced Florida State as the coaches poll’s No. 1 team.
A 43-point favorite, the Tigers whipped the Aggies (2-3) on Saturday night in an expected blowout, but the result was overshadowed by the quarterback competition between Harris and Anthony Jennings.
Harris led LSU on touchdowns in his seven drives, while a Jennings-led offense sputtered in the first seven drives of the game. Jennings threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. He did not re-enter the game after Harris took over with less than 10 minutes left in the second quarter.
Coach Les Miles afterward declined to announce a starter for the game at Auburn.