The LSU Tigers’ push to be a unanimous No. 1 started Sunday as the Tigers replaced Alabama as the top-ranked team in the USA Today coaches’ poll.
Still to come: The College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night.
LSU (9-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), No. 2 in the coaches’ poll last week, picked up 55 of 59 first-place votes and 1,591 points overall. Ohio State (9-0) was No. 2 with five first-place votes and 1,523 points, while Clemson (10-0) was third with the four remaining first-place votes and 1,491 points.
Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) dropped to No. 4 with Saturday’s 46-41 loss to LSU. Georgia (8-1), Oregon (8-1), Minnesota (9-0), Oklahoma (8-1), Utah (8-1) and Baylor (9-0) round out the top 10.
The LSU football team remains the No. 1 team in the country after its historic win over Alabama, according to the AP Top 25 poll released Sund…
It’s the first time LSU is ranked No. 1 in the coaches’ poll since the 2012 preseason top 25.
LSU has beaten four teams ranked in this week’s poll: Alabama, No. 12 Florida (8-2), No. 13 Auburn (7-2) and No. 23 Texas. The Longhorns (6-3) returned to the poll after a one-week absence.
Texas’ return to the coaches’ poll could be a prelude to it being ranked in this week’s CFP top 25, which could further enhance LSU’s chances of leapfrogging Ohio State for the No. 1 spot. LSU beat Alabama in a 2-3 matchup according to the CFP rankings though they were 1-2, respectively, in the AP poll and reversed at the top of the coaches’ poll.
LSU's historic victory over Alabama on Saturday night was viewed by a massive audience.
CFP selection committee chairman Rob Mullens did not indicate last week that the committee gave much weight to LSU’s 45-38 win at Texas when the Longhorns were ranked No. 9 in the AP poll.
The CFP rankings will be released at 6 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN.
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