Football Earns First No. 1 Ranking by AP Since '59

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Football Earns First No. 1 Ranking by AP Since '59

BATON ROUGE — For the first time since the 1959 season, LSU is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll as the Tigers moved past Southern Cal following their 34-9 win over Tulane on Saturday.

It’s the first time since Nov. 7, 1959 that LSU has held the top spot in the AP Poll. This week, LSU picked up 33 first place votes, one more than Southern Cal, who struggled in its 27-24 win over Washington on Saturday night.

LSU last reached the No. 1 spot in any college football poll during the 2003 season when the Tigers beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl to claim the BCS National Championship. LSU finished the 2003 season ranked No. 1 in the nation in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

In 1959, LSU opened the year as defending national champions and were ranked accordingly, coming in at No. 1 in the AP Poll. The Tigers held the top spot in the AP Poll for seven straight weeks in 1959 before falling to 13th-ranked Tennessee, 14-13.

In this weeks AP Poll, LSU totaled 1,593 points, just two points ahead of Southern Cal. California is ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll, followed by Ohio State and Wisconsin. Kentucky, LSU’s opponent on Oct. 13, is ranked No. 8 in the poll, followed by Florida at No. 9. The Tigers host the Gators on Saturday in night in Tiger Stadium.

“We’re complimented by the votes,” LSU coach Les Miles said of the No. 1 ranking. “It also tells you the voters didn’t get up early in the morning to watch our game. They kind of slept in and got kind of caught up on the score later in the day.

“Again, we are complimented with the ranking, but we still have a long way to go. Hopefully, we will be in position sometime later. We want to improve and we’ll certainly be tested this Saturday.”

The Tigers, who bring a 5-0 mark into the Florida game on Saturday, remained No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll as well as the Harris Interactive Poll. LSU received 14 first place votes and a total of 1,454 points in the coaches poll and the Tigers had 36 first place votes and 2,724 points in the Harris Interactive Poll.

Southern Cal is No. 1 in both polls with 76 first place votes and 2,763 points in the Harris Poll and 45 first place votes and 1,483 points in the coaches poll.

AP Top 25
 1. LSU (33) 5-0 1,593
 2. USC (32) 4-0 1,591
 3. California 5-0 1,475
 4. Ohio State 5-0 1,420
 5. Wisconsin 5-0 1,271
 6. South Florida 4-0 1,203
 7. Boston College 5-0 1,172
 8. Kentucky 5-0 1,143
 9. Florida 4-1 1,031
10. Oklahoma 4-1 992
11. South Carolina 4-1 900
12. Georgia 4-1 885
13. West Virginia 4-1 861
14. Oregon 4-1 837
15. Virginia Tech 4-1 639
16. Hawaii 5-0 586
17. Missouri 4-0 561
18. Arizona State 5-0 497
19. Texas 4-1 449
20. Cincinnati 5-0 377
21. Rutgers 3-1 299
22. Clemson 4-1 265
23. Purdue 5-0 218
24. Kansas State 3-1 214
25. Nebraska 4-1 198

Others Receiving Votes
Florida State 101, Miami (FL) 83, Illinois 59, Auburn 52, UCLA 49, Texas A&M 29, Michigan State 16, Michigan 15, Connecticut 9, Alabama 6, Arkansas 5, Colorado 5, UCF 5, Penn State 4, Virginia 3, Kansas 3, Boise State 3, Washington 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Penn State 21, Alabama 22.

USA Today Poll
 1. USC (45) 4-0 1,483
 2. LSU (14) 5-0 1,454
 3. California 5-0 1,363
 4. Ohio State (1) 5-0 1,313
 5. Wisconsin 5-0 1,251
 6. Boston College 5-0 1,138
 7. Florida 4-1 1,000
 8. Kentucky 5-0 971
 9. South Florida 4-0 960
10. Oklahoma 4-1 925
11. Georgia 4-1 758
12. West Virginia 4-1 756
13. Oregon 4-1 697
14. Virginia Tech 4-1 661
15. Hawaii 5-0 585
16. Texas 4-1 573
17. Missouri 4-0 532
18. South Carolina 4-1 529
19. Arizona State 5-0 466
20. Purdue 5-0 423
21. Rutgers 3-1 347
22. Clemson 4-1 278
23. Nebraska 4-1 261
24. Cincinnati 5-0 249
25. UCLA 4-1 79

Others Receiving Votes
Miami (FL) 68, Michigan State 63, Kansas 48, Florida State 46, Auburn 42, Kansas State 33, Boise State 25, Connecticut 23, Illinois 21, Tennessee 17, Virginia 15, PENNST 12, Texas A&M 10, Michigan 10, Alabama 5, Colorado 3, Georgia Tech 3, Indiana 1, UCF 1, Wake Forest 1, Wyoming 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Penn State 19, Michigan State 23, Alabama 24.

Harris Top 25

The Top 25 teams in the second Harris Interactive College Football Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs
1. USC (76) 4-0 2,763 1
2. LSU (36) 5-0 2,724 2
3. California 5-0 2,548 6
4. Ohio State 5-0 2,462 7
5. Wisconsin 5-0 2,324 9
6. Boston College 5-0 2,107 11
7. Kentucky 5-0 1,903 14
8. Florida 4-1 1,863 4
9. Oklahoma 4-1 1,837 3
10. South Florida 4-0 1,775 20
11. West Virginia 4-1 1,499 5
12. Georgia 4-1 1,426 15
13. Oregon 4-1 1,354 10
14. South Carolina 4-1 1,287 17
15. Virginia Tech 4-1 1,086 16
16. Hawaii 5-0 1,030 18
17. Texas 4-1 1,025 8
18. Missouri 4-0 918 21
19. Arizona State 5-0 901 23
20. Purdue 5-0 602 NR
21. Rutgers 3-1 568 12
22. Clemson 4-1 503 13
23. Nebraska 4-1 498 24
24. Cincinnati 5-0 466 NR
25. Michigan State 4-1 151 25

Others receiving votes: UCLA 136; Miami (FLA) 122; Kansas State 104; Kansas 79; Florida State 68; Illinois 52; Connecticut 51; Penn State 38; Michigan 26; Virginia 23; Auburn 21; Arkansas 17; Georgia Tech 13; Texas A&M 8; Tennessee 6; Colorado 3; Louisville 3; Boise State 2; Bowling Green 2; Central Florida 2; Alabama 1; Indiana 1; Maryland 1; Washington 1.