LSU feasts on Rice to gain two spots in AP Poll

November 18, 2018 - 1:16 pm

With painful and relatively fresh memories of the Tigers' upset loss to Troy last season, Coach Ed Orgeron wanted to see his team take the field with energy, effort and focus in Saturday night's game against Rice. The result was a 42-10 victory over the struggling Owls.

He also wanted to open up the offense to give that side of the ball more confidence heading into a challenging season finale and post-season playoff spot.

That spot looked a bit brighter Sunday, as LSU moves into a two-way tie for #8 in the AP Top 25 Poll

Orgeron got more or less what he wanted.

Army is ranked for the first time since 1996, moving into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 23 as it begins preparations to face rival Navy on Dec. 8.
The Black Knights (9-2) have been edging toward the Top 25 in recent weeks, and they finally broke through on Sunday. The rankings were mostly unchanged after a weekend with few big games or surprising results.
Led by unanimous No. 1 Alabama, the top six stayed the same as last week. Clemson was No. 2, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma.
Washington State moved up a spot to No. 7 and UCF jumped three spots to No. 8, season highs for both schools. LSU tied Central Florida at No. 8 and Ohio State was 10th.
Also debuting in the Top 25 this season is Pittsburgh at No. 24.

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