Despite a struggle, LSU moves up a spot in AP Poll

Tigers swap spots with Oklahoma, now #5

Don Ames
September 23, 2018 - 1:34 pm
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LSU/La Tech was not considered to be a 'big' game for the Tigers, but it put a big scare into the fans Saturday night in Baton Rouge. 

The Tigers (4-0) were favored by about three touchdowns and raced to a 24-0 lead, only to see the Bulldogs (2-1) pull as close as 24-21 early in the fourth quarter.

Although Oklahoma needed overtime to beat Army, none of the top five lost, so LSU was expected to hold steady at #6, unless voters decided the victory over Tech wasn't convincing enough.

Apparently, they were convinced. LSU now holds the #5 spot.

​At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying Nos. 1-4. LSU swapped places with Oklahoma after the Sooners' OT win. Alabama received a season-high 60 first-place votes . Clemson had one.

Check out The AP Top 25 Poll for week 5.

https://collegefootball.ap.org/poll

Kentucky is unbeaten and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1977. The last time the Wildcats were ranked was Nov. 11, 2007. Kentucky reached No. 8 under coach Rich Brooks that season and upset No. 1 and eventual national champion LSU, but finished unranked.

The LSU Tigers were resting some key players Saturday, including left tackle Saahdiq Charles and later lost left guard Garrett Brumfield to an apparent leg injury. Changes on the offensive line appeared to disrupt some of the Tigers' flow and often left Joe Burrow throwing under pressure. But when LSU needed to make plays to put the game away, it did. Meanwhile, LSU's defense now has nine takeaways this season.

Burrow was 16 of 28 for 191 yards. He still has not thrown an interception this season but did lose his first fumble late in the first half on a QB sack.

That turnover did not lead directly to opponent points, however, unlike two Louisiana Tech turnovers in the first half that set up LSU touchdowns.

Meanwhile, LSU's defense now has nine takeaways this season.

After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP college football poll got a makeover. Five teams entered the Top 25 on Sunday, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007.

 

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