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 Saturday over Kentucky. 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, while Boise State (4-0) is No. 5 and picked up 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, while 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.
The Tigers host the Gators at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium, the game to be televised on CBS.
In other LSU news, school officials said ESPN will not be bringing its popular “College Game Day” show to campus for this Saturday’s game. The program will instead head to Dallas for the game between Oklahoma and No. 11 Texas (4-0).
“College Game Day” was in Arlington, Texas, for the LSU-Oregon season opener and was in Morgantown, W.Va., two Saturdays ago for LSU-West Virginia.