Harris Poll Released; Tigers No. 2 in All Major Polls

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Harris Poll Released; Tigers No. 2 in All Major Polls

BATON ROUGE — The Harris Interactive College Football Poll made its 2007 debut on Sunday and LSU was in a familiar spot, coming in at No. 2 in the nation behind top-ranked Southern Cal.

The Tigers, for the fifth consecutive week, are also ranked No. 2 in the nation in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Top 25. Southern Cal is No. 1 in both of those polls as well.

LSU, winners of 11 straight dating back to last season, are now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play following Saturday’s 28-16 win over then-No. 12 South Carolina.

LSU will look to extend its streak to 12 straight on Saturday when they travel to New Orleans to face Tulane at 11 a.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. That game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

LSU picked up a total of 19 first place votes (out of 114 possible) in the Harris Poll for a total of 2,742 points. Southern Cal tallied 91 first place votes and a total of 2,821 points. The Trojans, who travel to Washington this week, moved to 3-0 on Saturday with a 47-14 win over Washington State.

LSU had a total of 22 first place votes and 1,580 points in the AP poll this week. LSU added three more first place votes to its total from a week ago in the AP poll. The Tigers total in the USA Today Coaches Poll remained the same this week with eight first place votes and 1,438 total points.

Florida, LSU’s opponent on Oct. 6 in Tiger Stadium, is No. 3 in the nation in USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 4 in both the AP and the Harris Interactive Polls.

Other SEC teams in the polls include Kentucky at No. 14 in the AP Poll and the Harris Interactive Poll and No. 15 in the Coaches Poll; Georgia at No. 15 all three polls; South Carolina at No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the Harris and USA Today Coaches Polls; and Alabama at No. 22 in the Harris Poll and the AP Poll and No. 24 in the Coaches Poll..

AP Top 25
 1. USC (43) 3-0 1,601
 2. LSU (22) 4-0 1,580
 3. Oklahoma 4-0 1,456
 4. Florida 4-0 1,417
 5. West Virginia 4-0 1,388
 6. California 4-0 1,263
 7. Texas 4-0 1,196
 8. Ohio State 4-0 1,193
 9. Wisconsin 4-0 1,030
10. Rutgers 3-0 1,008
11. Oregon 4-0 944
12. Boston College 4-0 927
13. Clemson 4-0 807
14. Kentucky 4-0 708
15. Georgia 3-1 631
16. South Carolina 3-1 586
17. Virginia Tech 3-1 568
18. South Florida 3-0 539
19. Hawaii 4-0 471
20. Missouri 4-0 401
21. Penn State 3-1 337
22. Alabama 3-1 265
23. Arizona State 4-0 206
24. Cincinnati 4-0 164
25. Nebraska 3-1 134

Others Receiving Votes
Purdue 73, Miami (FL) 72, Michigan State 60, UCLA 27, Texas A&M 21, Michigan 21, Arkansas 10, Kansas 6, Florida State 5, UCF 4, Connecticut 3, Virginia 2, Tennessee 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Louisville 18, Texas A&M 20.

USA Today Poll
 1. USC (44) 3-0 1,481
 2. LSU (8) 4-0 1,438
 3. Florida (4) 4-0 1,347
 4. Oklahoma (4) 4-0 1,336
 5. West Virginia 4-0 1,260
 6. California 4-0 1,137
 7. Texas 4-0 1,103
 8. Ohio State 4-0 1,092
 9. Wisconsin 4-0 1,026
10. Rutgers 3-0 901
11. Boston College 4-0 881
12. Oregon 4-0 878
13. Clemson 4-0 767
14. Virginia Tech 3-1 585
15. Kentucky 4-0 545
16. Georgia 3-1 516
17. Hawaii 4-0 479
18. South Florida 3-0 451
19. Penn State 3-1 397
20. Missouri 4-0 369
21. South Carolina 3-1 335
22. Nebraska 3-1 209
23. Michigan State 4-0 167
24. Alabama 3-1 154
25. Arizona State 4-0 151
25. Purdue 4-0 151

Others Receiving Votes
Cincinnati 84, UCLA 69, Miami (FL) 52, Texas A&M 20, Kansas 20, Louisville 18, Boise State 18, Michigan 17, Georgia Tech 10, Florida State 8, Virginia 7, TCU 6, UCF 5, Tennessee 4, Iowa 3, Air Force 2, Mississippi State 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Texas A&M 16, Louisville 19.

Harris Interactive College Football Poll
September 23, 2007
Number of first place votes shown in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Points
1. USC (91) 3-0 2,821
2. LSU (19) 4-0 2,742
3. Oklahoma (1) 4-0 2,567
4. Florida (3) 4-0 2,538
5. West Virginia 4-0 2,409
6. California 4-0 2,213
7. Ohio State 4-0 2,101
8. Texas 4-0 2,089
9. Wisconsin 4-0 1,867
10. Oregon 4-0 1,748
11. Boston College 4-0 1,666
12. Rutgers 3-0 1,658
13. Clemson 4-0 1,472
14. Kentucky 4-0 1,186
15. Georgia 3-1 1,021
16. Virginia Tech 3-1 929
17. South Carolina 3-1 831
18. Hawaii 4-0 771
19. Penn State 3-1 731
20. South Florida 3-0 724
21. Missouri 4-0 632
22. Alabama 3-1 432
23. Arizona State 4-0 331
24. Nebraska 3-1 303
25. Michigan State 4-0 300

Other teams receiving votes: Purdue 268; Cincinnati 180; Miami (FLA) 114; UCLA 114; Kansas 72; Michigan 43; Texas A&M 38; Arkansas 26; Louisville 26; Connecticut 24; Virginia 17; Florida State 12; Georgia Tech 11; Tennessee 10; Central Florida 6; Illinois 4; BYU 1; Texas Tech 1; Washington 1.

Dropped out of the Top 25: N/A for this week.