LSU is back in the polls.
The Tigers checked in at No. 23 in this week’s USA Today/coaches poll and Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday following their19-7 win against Texas A&M on Saturday night. LSU (8-3, 5-3 Southeastern) spent all year as a ranked team before last week’s edition of the polls, which the Tigers were left out of in the wake of three straight losses.
In a game overshadowed by athletic director Joe Alleva’s post-game announcement that coach Les Miles would retain his job following weeks of doubt on the matter, the Tigers rode a punishing running game and stifling defense to victory.
LSU has beaten the Aggies (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in five straight meetings and all four times since they joined the conference in 2012.
The game also marked defensive coordinator John Chavis’ return to Baton Rouge after he held the same position with the Tigers from 2009-2014. His unit held LSU in check for most of the night but was fooled on a 50-yard, end-around touchdown run and surrendered a 13-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter that allowed the Tigers to clinch the win.
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