Football Ranked No. 5 by AP, Harris; No. 7 in BCS

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Football Ranked No. 5 by AP, Harris; No. 7 in BCS

BATON ROUGE — LSU took a hit in the polls this week following its triple-overtime loss to Arkansas as the Tigers slipped six spots to No. 7 in the latest Bowl Championship Series Standings, which were released on Sunday night.

LSU, which had spent the previous two weeks as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, dropped to 10-2 overall with the 50-48 triple-overtime loss to unranked Arkansas. The Tigers will face 14th-ranked Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game on Saturday in Atlanta.

In the BCS Standings, the Tigers accumulated a .7744 average, which puts them behind No. 1 Missouri (.9781), No. 2 West Virginia (.9713), No. 3 Ohio State (.9192), No. 4 Georgia (.8274), No. 5 Kansas (.7918) and No. 6 Virginia Tech (.7811).

Southern Cal (.6926), Oklahoma (.6829) and Florida (.6184) round out the top 10 in this week’s BCS Standings.

LSU is ranked No. 5 in the Harris Interactive Poll and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, both of which are part of the BCS formula. LSU is also No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll, which is not factored into the BCS equation.

Rank, Team, Comp. Avg., Prev., BCS Avg.
1 Missouri 1 .9781 4
2 West Virginia 2 .9713 3
3 Ohio State 3 .9192 5
4 Georgia 5 .8274 7
5 Kansas 4 .7918 2
6 Virginia Tech 6 .7811 8
7 LSU 7 .7744 1
8 USC T-10 .6926 11
9 Oklahoma 12 .6829 10
10 Florida T-10 .6184 12
11 Boston College 8 .6169 14
12 Hawaii 14 .5835 15
13 Arizona State 9 .5571 6
14 Tennessee 13 .4614 18
15 Illinois 17 .4198 17
16 Clemson 16 .3358 22
17 Oregon 18 .2706 9
18 Wisconsin 23 .2628 21
19 BYU 19 .2252 25
20 Texas 25 .2216 13
21 South Florida 15 .1880 23
22 Virginia 20 .1795 16
23 Cincinnati T-21 .1490 24
24 Auburn 24 .1472 NR
25 Boise State NR .1125 19

AP Top 25
 1. Missouri (45) 11-1 1,604
 2. West Virginia (20) 10-1 1,574
 3. Ohio State 11-1 1,469
 4. Georgia 10-2 1,354
 5. LSU 10-2 1,269
 6. Virginia Tech 10-2 1,266
 7. Kansas 11-1 1,217
 8. USC 9-2 1,212
 9. Oklahoma 10-2 1,191
10. Florida 9-3 1,029
11. Hawaii 11-0 991
12. Boston College 10-2 909
13. Arizona State 9-2 826
14. Tennessee 9-3 746
15. Illinois 9-3 719
16. Clemson 9-3 553
17. Texas 9-3 435
18. Oregon 8-3 419
19. Wisconsin 9-3 398
20. Cincinnati 9-3 343
21. Brigham Young 9-2 329
22. Virginia 9-3 288
23. Auburn 8-4 226
24. Boise State 10-2 197
25. South Florida 9-3 190

Others Receiving Votes
Arkansas 138, Texas Tech 119, Connecticut 41, Michigan 19, Air Force 19, Kentucky 13, UCF 11, Oregon State 5, Troy 3, Tulsa 1, Wake Forest 1, Penn State 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Connecticut 20.

USA Today Poll
 1. West Virginia (37) 10-1 1,467
 2. Missouri (17) 11-1 1,454
 3. Ohio State (6) 11-1 1,383
 4. Georgia 10-2 1,232
 t5. Kansas 11-1 1,161
 t5. Virginia Tech 10-2 1,161
 7. LSU 10-2 1,134
 8. Oklahoma 10-2 1,126
 9. USC 9-2 1,073
10. Hawaii 11-0 958
11. Florida 9-3 898
12. Boston College 10-2 861
13. Arizona State 9-2 756
14. Illinois 9-3 674
15. Tennessee 9-3 654
16. Wisconsin 9-3 493
17. Clemson 9-3 469
18. Texas 9-3 417
19. Brigham Young 9-2 327
20. Oregon 8-3 316
21. Auburn 8-4 271
21. Virginia 9-3 271
23. Boise State 10-2 247
24. Cincinnati 9-3 146
25. Arkansas 8-4 145

Others Receiving Votes
Texas Tech 116, South Florida 100, Connecticut 54, Air Force 31, Penn State 19, UCF 18, Michigan 17, Wake Forest 7, Rutgers 6, Mississippi State 4, Oklahoma State 4, Michigan State 3, Troy 3, Tulsa 2, Houston 2, Fresno State 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Connecticut 21, Texas Tech 24.

Harris Top 25

The Top 25 teams in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24, 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. Missouri (57) 11-1 2,779 3
2. West Virginia (45) 10-1 2,753 3
3. Ohio State (11) 11-1 2,638 5
4. Georgia 10-2 2,368 7
5. LSU 10-2 2,215 1
6. Kansas 11-1 2,170 2
7. Virginia Tech 10-2 2,164 8
8. Oklahoma 10-2 2,132 9
9. USC 9-2 2,059 12
10. Hawaii (1) 11-0 1,829 13
11. Florida 9-3 1,757 14
12. Boston College 10-2 1,587 16
13. Arizona State 9-2 1,446 6
14. Illinois 9-3 1,254 18
15. Tennessee 9-3 1,249 19
16. Wisconsin 9-3 911 20
17. Texas 9-3 903 11
18. Clemson 9-3 897 12
19. Oregon 8-3 716 10
20. BYU 9-2 649 23
21. Cincinnati 9-3 512 24
22. Boise State 10-2 493 15
23. Virginia 9-3 478 17
24. Auburn 8-4 402 25
25. South Florida 9-3 249 NR

Other teams receiving votes: Arkansas 108; Texas Tech 100; Air Force 89; Connecticut 57; Michigan 40; Kentucky 11; Penn State 10; Oregon State 9; Central Florida 5; UCLA 5; Troy 3; Tulsa 2; Wake Forest 1.