After its 38-17 loss at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, LSU dropped to No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches and Associated Press polls, its worst ranking since 2010.
The Tigers (7-3, 3-3 SEC), who have their most losses in 10 game since ’08, have a bye this week before hosting No. 10 Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2) on Nov. 23.
Before this weekend, LSU had been No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 12 in the Coaches rankings. Alabama remained No. 1 in the nation and with Oregon losing Thursday – the Ducks are No. 6 – picked up four first-place votes in the AP.
There are five SEC teams ahead of LSU in the AP rankings: Alabama (1), Auburn (7), Missouri (9), Texas A&M (10) and South Carolina (11).
The Tigers haven’t been so low in the AP Top-25 since early in the 2010 season. LSU was ranked No. 19 entering a game at Vanderbilt on Sept. 11, 2010. They started this season at No. 12 in the preseason AP poll.