Tigers Ranked No. 7 by AP, No. 8 by USA Today/ESPN

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Tigers Ranked No. 7 by AP, No. 8 by USA Today/ESPN

BATON ROUGE — LSU’s 31-7 win over Auburn on Saturday night must have caught the eye of many of the national media who vote on the Associated Press Top 25 poll as the Tigers jumped past Ohio State and Virginia Tech into seventh place in the national rankings on Sunday.

LSU, who was ranked No. 9 in both the AP poll as well as the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll last week, moved ahead of Ohio State despite the Buckeyes’ 35-6 win over Indiana. The Tigers also moved ahead of Virginia Tech, who suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, falling to West Virginia, 28-7.

LSU enters this week’s game against Louisiana Tech with a 7-1 overall mark, the best start for the Tigers since the 1987 squad went 7-0-1 over their first eight games of the season. This year’s Tigers are also in the AP Top 25 for the sixth straight week, the longest stay for an LSU team since the 1987 squad was ranked in the top 10 all season.

The Tigers remained behind the Buckeyes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll as LSU came in as the nation’s No. 8-ranked team this week.

Outside of Virginia Tech falling from its No. 3 spot, very little changed among the top 10 this week, as the Hokies and Purdue were the only top 10 teams to lose this week. Oklahoma continues to be the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in both polls, followed by Miami, South Cal, Georgia and Florida State.

In the AP poll, Washington State starts the bottom half of the top 10 at No. 6, followed by LSU, Ohio State, Michigan State and Virginia Tech. The USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll has Washington State at No. 6, followed by Ohio State, LSU, Nebraska and Michigan State.

Other Southeastern Conference teams in the AP Top 25 include Tennessee at No. 19, Ole Miss at No. 20, and Florida at No. 23.

The USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll has Tennessee at No. 18, followed by Florida at No. 21. Auburn and Arkansas dropped from both national polls with its losses over the weekend.

In other football news, the LSU defense continues to be ranked among the best in the country, as the Tigers are first in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 9.5 points a game. LSU also ranks second in the nation in rushing defense (52.8 yards per game), and the Tigers are fourth in the nation in total defense, allowing only 254.6 yards per contest.

LSU’s pass efficiency defense rating ranks first in the SEC and sixth in the nation as the Tigers have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete only 48.4 percent of their passes, while throwing only seven touchdowns through the first eight games of the season.

Individually, LSU sophomore Skyler Green has moved to first in the nation in punt returns, averaging a whopping 26.1 yards per return. Green, who has returned two punts for touchdowns this season, has 11 punt returns for 287 yards.