The LSU Tigers moved to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday following Saturday’s 47-21 victory at then No. 16 West Virginia.
The Tigers, who ran the table on a brutal four-game September schedule that saw them play three ranked teams away from home, surged past previous and preseason No. 1 Oklahoma (3-0), a 38-28 winner at home Saturday over Missouri.
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LSU picked up 42 of 60 first-place votes in the AP poll with 1,471 points. Oklahoma has 12 No.1 votes with 1,422 points. Alabama got the final five remaining No. 1 votes.
Alabama (4-0) remained No. 3 in the AP poll with a 38-14 win at home over Arkansas.
LSU moved up one spot into a tie for second with Alabama in the USA Today coaches’ poll behind Oklahoma.
The last time the Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the regular season was going into their 2007 finale against Arkansas. LSU lost that game 50-48 in triple overtime, but rebounded with a win over Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game to get to No. 2 in the final BCS standings and beat No. 1 Ohio State for the national championship.
The Tigers were No. 3 in the AP poll two weeks ago, but moved up after their 19-6 win at then No. 25 Mississippi State on Sept. 15.
LSU beat then No. 3 Oregon 40-27 in its season opener on Sept. 3 in Arlington, Texas.
It was apparently this body of work that swayed the AP voters to pick LSU No. 1 over OU and Alabama.
LSU returns home to host Kentucky (2-2, 0-1) Saturday in an 11:21 a.m. kickoff on the SEC Network. It’s the first meeting between the Tigers and Wildcats since 2007, when UK knocked off then No. 1 LSU 43-37 in triple OT in Lexington.