Football Remains No. 1 in BCS, Polls; Increases Lead

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Football Remains No. 1 in BCS, Polls; Increases Lead

BATON  ROUGE — LSU remained No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series Standings on Sunday, a day after the top-ranked Tigers shook off a pesky Ole Miss team for a 41-24 victory in Oxford.

It’s the second straight week in which the Tigers have occupied the top spot in the BCS Standings.

The victory over Ole Miss ran LSU’s record to 10-1 overall as the Tigers claimed the school’s first outright Southeastern Conference Western Division title with the win over the Rebels. LSU goes into Friday’s regular season finale against Arkansas with a 6-1 league record, one win shy tying the school-record for conference victories in a season.

By recording its 10th win of the season against Ole Miss, the Tigers have now won at least 10 games for three straight years, a first in the history of the program.

After this week’s game against Arkansas, the Tigers will face either Georgia or Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1 in the Georgia Dome. LSU needs wins in its next two games to advance to the BCS National Championship Game for the second time in four years.

In this week’s BCS Standings, the Tigers accumulated an average of .9904, which puts LSU ahead of second-place and undefeated Kansas, who has a .9488 average. West Virginia has snuck up to No. 3 in the standings with a .8788 average, followed by Missouri (.8707) and Ohio State (.8602).

LSU is also No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll as well as the Harris Interactive Poll, both of which combine to make up two of the three components of the BCS formula. The Tigers also have a composite computer ranking of No. 1, which is the third component of the BCS formula.

LSU made it a consensus No. 1 for a second straight week by taking the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 this week. The AP Poll is not part of the BCS formula.

The top two teams in the BCS Standings on Sunday, Dec. 2 will meet in the national championship game in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 7.

Bowl Championship Series Standings

BCS Rank Team BCS Average CPU Pct.
1. LSU .9904 .990
2. Kansas .9488 .930
3. West Virginia .8878 .880
4. Missouri .8707 .840
5. Ohio State .8602 .880
6. Arizona State .8019 .880
7. Georgia .7438 .760
8. Virginia Tech .6796 .700
9. Oregon .6267 .650
10. Oklahoma .5816 .480

Harris Interactive Poll

No. School Record Points Prev
1 LSU (100) 10-1 2804 1
2 Kansas (13) 11-0 2700 4
t3 West Virginia 9-1 2505 5
t3 Missouri 10-1 2505 6
5 Ohio State 11-1 2401 7
6 Arizona State 9-1 2129 8
7 Georgia 9-2 2076 9
8 Virginia Tech 9-2 1863 10
9 Oklahoma 9-2 1820 3
10 Oregon 8-2 1799 2
11 Texas 9-2 1674 12
12 Southern California 8-2 1626 13
13 Hawaii 10-0 1590 11
14 Florida 8-3 1438 14
15 Boise State 10-1 1187 15
16 Boston College 9-2 1135 18
17 Virginia 9-2 1092 17
18 Illinois 9-3 873 20
19 Tennessee 8-3 802 19
20 Wisconsin 9-3 648 23
21 Connecticut 9-2 565 26
22 Clemson 8-3 424 16
23 Brigham Young 8-2 253 28
24 Cincinnati 8-3 178 24
25 Auburn 7-4 161 27

Others Receiving Votes: South Florida(8-3) 108; Air Force(9-3) 89; Texas Tech(8-4) 87; Kentucky(7-4) 76; Michigan(8-4) 56; Penn State(8-4) 22; Arkansas(7-4) 10; Florida State(7-4) 7; UCF(8-3) 6; Michigan State(7-5) 4; California(6-5) 3; Oregon State(7-4) 3; Utah(8-3) 3; Rutgers(7-4) 2; Tulsa(8-3) 1

AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 17, 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. LSU (60) 10-1 1,619 1
2. Kansas (3) 11-0 1,541 4
3. Missouri (1) 10-1 1,469 6
4. West Virginia (1) 9-1 1,457 5
5. Ohio St. 11-1 1,341 7
6. Georgia 9-2 1,246 8
7. Arizona St. 9-1 1,219 9
8. Virginia Tech 9-2 1,131 10
9. Oregon 8-2 1,057 2
10. Oklahoma 9-2 1,031 3
11. Southern Cal 8-2 967 11
12. Florida 8-3 874 14
13. Texas 9-2 863 12
14. Hawaii 10-0 795 13
15. Boston College 9-2 678 18
16. Virginia 9-2 614 16
17. Boise St. 10-1 597 17
18. Illinois 9-3 548 20
19. Tennessee 8-3 512 19
20. Connecticut 9-2 327 25
21. Clemson 8-3 294 15
22. Wisconsin 9-3 274 24
23. BYU 8-2 158 –
24. Cincinnati 8-3 149 21
25. Auburn 7-4 100 –

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 89, South Florida 73, Kentucky 38, Michigan 19, Arkansas 9, Air Force 7, California 6, Florida St. 6, Oregon St. 5, Penn St. 4, Utah 4, UCF 2, N. Iowa 1, Tulsa 1.

USA Today Poll 

 1. LSU (51) 10-1 1,483
 2. Kansas (8) 11-0 1,441
 3. West Virginia (1) 9-1 1,345
 4. Missouri 10-1 1,328
 5. Ohio State 11-1 1,276
 6. Arizona State 9-1 1,158
 7. Georgia 9-2 1,105
 8. Virginia Tech 9-2 1,019
 9. Oklahoma 9-2 931
10. Oregon 8-2 890
11. Texas 9-2 883
12. USC 8-2 879
13. Hawaii 10-0 828
14. Florida 8-3 736
15. Virginia 9-2 626
16. Boston College 9-2 619
17. Boise State 10-1 593
18. Illinois 9-3 485
19. Tennessee 8-3 430
20. Wisconsin 9-3 343
21. Connecticut 9-2 264
22. Clemson 8-3 225
23. Brigham Young 8-2 161
24. Texas Tech 8-4 80
25. Auburn 7-4 65

Others Receiving Votes
Cincinnati 63, Air Force 51, Michigan 38, Kentucky 36, South Florida 32, Arkansas 25, Penn State 22, Florida State 12, UCF 11, Rutgers 7, TROY 2, Michigan State 2, Oklahoma State 2, Oregon State 1, Fresno State 1, Houston 1, Indiana 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Penn State 22, Michigan 23, Cincinnati 25.