A No. 1 vs. No. 2 dream matchup between LSU and Alabama is now a very real possibility — at least on paper.
Now, all the Tigers and Crimson Tide have to do to make that a reality is win their next three games.
LSU (5-0) retained the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press top 25 Sunday after a methodical 35-7 win over Kentucky on Saturday. Alabama (5-0) routed LSU’s next opponent, former No. 12 Florida 38-10 on the road, moving past preseason No. 1 Oklahoma (4-0) into the No. 2 spot.
In the USA Today coaches poll, Oklahoma remains No. 1. LSU broke out of last week’s tie with Bama for the No. 2 spot, staying at No. 2 by two points over the Crimson Tide.
In the AP poll this week, LSU has 1,473 points and 40 first-place votes. Alabama is No. 2 with 1,435 points and 12 first-place votes while Oklahoma slipped to third with 1,397 points and seven first-place votes. Wisconsin (5-0) is No. 4, and Boise State (4-0) is No. 5 and received the AP’s final first-place vote.
Last week, LSU had 42 first-place votes in the AP poll and 1,471 points.
In the coaches poll, Oklahoma has 1,421 points and 27 first-place votes. LSU is No. 2 with 1,410 points and 21 first-place votes, and Alabama is No. 3 with 1,408 points and 10 first-place votes.
Stanford (4-0) is No. 4. Wisconsin, which picked up the final first-place vote, is No. 5.
Florida (4-1) fell to No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the coaches poll.
LSU hosts UF at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The game to be televised on CBS.
BCS exec in attendance
Saturday’s contest was the first game in Tiger Stadium for BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock, but it wasn’t his first time in the stadium — so to speak.
Years ago, when Hancock was serving as the baseball media contact at Oklahoma, he and the team were housed in the now abandoned dorm rooms in Tiger Stadium.
Hancock was in New Orleans last week for meetings surrounding the city’s hosting of January’s BCS National Championship Game at the Superdome.
“We got here early (Saturday) and have been walking around the campus,” Hancock said shortly before LSU and Kentucky kicked off. “There’s such great passion here.”
Like NCAA President Mark Emmert, Hancock is an interested bystander with little authority to throw around in the current atmosphere of conference realignments.
“This time next year, we’ll probably know the format for the future,” Hancock said. “I think we have a good six to eight months to watch and wait.”
No “GameDay” at LSU
LSU said ESPN will not be bringing its popular “College GameDay” show to campus for Saturday’s game. The program will instead head to Dallas for the game between Oklahoma and No. 11 Texas (4-0).
“College GameDay” was in Arlington, Texas, for the LSU-Oregon season opener and Morgantown, W.Va., two Saturdays ago for LSU-West Virginia.
Straightening out the line
LSU’s offensive line had its worst stretch of run blocking this season during the early going against Kentucky, getting just 12 yards on 11 carries in the first quarter (1.1 average) and 77 on 23 carries (3.3) in the first half before finishing with 179 on 46 (3.9).
With offensive line coach Greg Studrawa located upstairs in the press box handling his new duties as play-caller, Miles assumed the role of lighting a fire under the line.
“I told them a couple a couple of times, and it appeared to me that they took it to heart,” said Miles, a former offensive lineman and offensive line coach.
“Coach Stud’s not down there on the sideline with us,” guard Will Blackwell said, “so we don’t really have a coach that can see and talk to us other than on the headsets, but coach Miles did a great job of coming down there and explaining to us what he saw and helping us to get some things straight, and it paid off.”
Hoping for Hebert’s return
Blackwell started at left guard instead of his customary spot at right guard because of a leg injury to T-Bob Hebert. Josh Williford started at right guard. Miles said it’s his “hope” that Hebert can play against Florida on Saturday, but in commenting on Williford’s extended playing time he made it sound as though that’s unlikely.
“The reality of it is it prepares us for next week,” Miles said. “It gives (Williford) some serious playing time and allows us to correct and improve.”