Tigers open No. 12 in initial BCS rankings

LSU is ranked No. 12 in the nation in the first Bowl Championship Series standings, which was released on Monday by the National Football Foundation. <br><br> The ranking is the first in the BCS standings for LSU since being ranked No. 13 on Nov. 10 following a win over Kentucky last year. The Tigers opened last year ranked No. 9 in the first BCS standings.

The Tigers have a point total of 26.54 in the BCS standings, which ranks LSU percentage points out of 10th place. Oklahoma holds the No. 1 spot in the poll with a 2.77 average, followed by Miami (4.10), Virginia Tech (10.23), Georgia (12.99) and Florida State (13.14).


Ohio State starts the bottom half of the top 10 with a 13.20 average, followed by Southern Cal (13.83), Purdue (21.50), Washington State (23.96), and Northern Illinois (26.00). Nebraska is ranked No. 11 with a 26.45 average, followed by LSU.


Michigan State (27.44), TCU (28.17) and Iowa (32.07) round out the top 15.

LSU continued its stay among the nation's top-10 ranked on Sunday as the Tigers are ranked No. 9 in the nation in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll after their 33-7 win over South Carolina.

The Tigers have now been ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation in the AP poll for six straight weeks, their longest stay there since 1987, when the Tigers spent the entire season ranked in the top 10.

In addition, the Tigers moved to the top of the nation in two statistical categories, rushing defense and scoring defense after holding the Gamecocks to zero rushing yards and only seven points on Saturday.

Through seven games, the Tigers (6-1 overall, 3-1 SEC) have allowed only 69 points for an average of 9.9 points a contest. In addition, LSU is holding its opponents to 53.1 yards rushing a game. LSU has yielded only 372 yards and one touchdown rushing all season.

Oklahoma continues to be the nation's No. 1 ranked team following its 34-13 win over Missouri. The Sooners are followed in the polls by Miami and Virginia Tech. Georgia is ranked No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 by the coaches, while Southern Cal is No. 4 in the coaches vote and No. 5 in the media poll.

Washington State and Florida State are tied for No. 6 in the AP poll, followed by Ohio State, LSU and Purdue. Washington State is No. 6 in the coaches poll, followed by Florida State at No. 7, Ohio State, LSU and Purdue.

Other Southeastern Conference teams in the AP Top 25 include Auburn at No. 17, followed by Arkansas at No. 21, Tennessee No. 22 and Florida No. 25.

Other SEC teams in the coaches poll include the Razorbacks at No. 20, followed by Auburn at No. 21, Tennessee at No. 22, and Florida at No. 25.

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