LSU is in its first week atop the AP poll and must keep winning to stay there and maintain the inside lane to the BCS national championship game in New Orleans, where, incidentally, the Tigers have won their last two BCS crowns. Kentucky could energize its football program with what would be an epic upset, and a victory also would improve the Wildcats' odds of getting to the minimum wins needed for a bowl invitation.
The newly anointed top-ranked team in the land, the LSU Tigers, will play host to the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend in an SEC affair.
On paper, No. 1 LSU (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) versus Kentucky (2-2, 0-1 SEC) doesn't look like a marquee matchup. However, the last time No. 1 LSU faced Kentucky, the Tigers couldn't keep up with the Wildcats. The last showdown between the two schools came a week after LSU achieved the No. 1 ranking in 2007, just like this season's matchup. The Tigers fell, 43-37, to Kentucky in a triple-overtime battle. The Wildcats forced two LSU interceptions during the game at Commonwealth Stadium, while the Tigers shot themselves in the foot by racking up 12 penalties for 103 yards.