They're back: LSU returns to the rankings at No. 23 in the coaches poll, No. 24 in the AP Top 25 poll _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) busts up the middle for good yardage during the 4th quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 41-3.

LSU has returned to the top 25.

The Tigers, absent from the polls for two weeks, are No. 23 in the latest coaches poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press top 25, both released Sunday.

LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) has rebounded from an 0-2 conference hole to win two straight and reach bowl eligibility for a school-record 15th consecutive season. The Tigers beat Kentucky 41-3 Saturday night in the second-worst defeat in the 57-game series between the teams.

LSU fell from the rankings for the first time in nearly six years after a 41-7 loss to Auburn, the worst defeat in 15 years.

The Tigers meet No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0) at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. ESPN College GameDay will originate from Baton Rouge on Saturday morning.

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