Tigers now No. 7 in BCS; News & Notes

LSU jumped five spots to No. 7 in this week's edition of the Bowl Championship Series Standings, which was released by the National Football Foundation on Monday afternoon.

By virtue of its 31-7 win over Auburn on Saturday, the Tigers leaped from No. 12 to their current standing at No. 7. In the process, LSU moved past Washington State, Nebraska, Purdue, Northern Illinois and Virginia Tech.


LSU's No. 7 BCS standing is the highest in-season ranking ever for the Tigers. Last year, the Tigers debuted at No. 9 in the first BCS poll.


Oklahoma continues to be No. 1 in the BCS standings, followed by Miami, Florida State, Southern Cal, and Georgia. Ohio State starts the bottom half of the top 10, followed by LSU, Washington State, Nebraska and Michigan State.


Other SEC teams in the BCS standings include Tennessee at No. 15 and Florida at No. 21.





LSU climbs in the national polls


In the national football polls, LSU, who was ranked No. 9 in both the AP poll as well as the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll last week, moved ahead of Ohio State despite the Buckeyes' 35-6 win over Indiana. The Tigers also moved ahead of Virginia Tech, who suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, falling to West Virginia, 28-7.


LSU enters this week's game against Louisiana Tech with a 7-1 overall mark, the best start for the Tigers since the 1987 squad went 7-0-1 over their first eight games of the season. This year's Tigers are also in the AP Top 25 for the sixth straight week, the longest stay for an LSU team since the 1987 squad was ranked in the top 10 all season.


The Tigers remained behind the Buckeyes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll as LSU came in as the nation's No. 8-ranked team this week.


Outside of Virginia Tech falling from its No. 3 spot, very little changed among the top 10 this week, as the Hokies and Purdue were the only top 10 teams to lose this week. Oklahoma continues to be the nation's No. 1 ranked team in both polls, followed by Miami, South Cal, Georgia and Florida State.


In the AP poll, Washington State starts the bottom half of the top 10 at No. 6, followed by LSU, Ohio State, Michigan State and Virginia Tech. The USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll has Washington State at No. 6, followed by Ohio State, LSU, Nebraska and Michigan State.


Other Southeastern Conference teams in the AP Top 25 include Tennessee at No. 19, Ole Miss at No. 20, and Florida at No. 23.


The USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll has Tennessee at No. 18, followed by Florida at No. 21. Auburn and Arkansas dropped from both national polls with its losses over the weekend.


LSU defeated Auburn 31-7 on the 15th anniversary of the

storied "Earthquake Game," in which LSU beat the Tigers 7-6 in 1988.


Tigers rank among nation's best


LSU defense continues to be ranked among the best in the country, as the Tigers are first in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 9.5 points a game. LSU also ranks second in the nation in rushing defense (52.8 yards per game), and the Tigers are fourth in the nation in total defense, allowing only 254.6 yards per contest.


LSU's pass efficiency defense rating ranks first in the SEC and sixth in the nation as the Tigers have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete only 48.4 percent of their passes, while throwing only seven touchdowns through the first eight games of the season.


Individually, LSU sophomore Skyler Green has moved to first in the nation in punt returns, averaging a whopping 26.1 yards per return. Green, who has returned two punts for touchdowns this season, has 11 punt returns for 287 yards.



Tigers sweep LSWA Player of the Week honors


A pair of LSU players who helped the Tigers gain control of the Southeastern Conference Western Division race with a 31-7 victory over 17th-ranked Auburn were named players of the week by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association on Monday.


Quarterback Matt Mauck and defensive tackle Chad Lavalais received their first LSWA honors of the season on Monday.


Mauck directed LSU to 21 first quarter points as the junior completed 17-of-28 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. The Jasper, Indiana native connected with Devery Henderson on a 64-yard scoring strike on the game's sixth play to give LSU's its first score. The game marked the fifth three- touchdown game of Mauck's career.


Lavalais dominated the Auburn offensive line as he posted eight tackles including three for losses and one sack in the LSU victory as he was named the SEC Defensive player of the week.


The senior played a huge part as the LSU defense limited Auburn to 50 yards rushing, 150 below its average. The Marksville native came up with two big plays early in the game for LSU. He stopped Auburn running back Cadillac Williams on a fourth and one play for a five-yard loss that led to an LSU touchdown. On Auburn's next possession he recorded a 13-yard sack of Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell.


The Louisiana Sports Writers Association player of the week awards are voted on by a panel of voters across the state. The players are nomination by the sports information directors at the football playing institutions in Louisiana.


Other offensive players nominated include: Louisiana Tech running back Ryan Moats, UL-Lafayette running back Chester Johnson and McNeese State quarterback Scott Pendarvis.


Other defensive players nominated include: UL-Lafayette safety C.C. Brown, McNeese State linebacker Tyree Broden, Grambling State defensive back Earin Bridges and Louisiana Tech cornerback Corey Brazil.



Lavalais named SEC's top defender


LSU defensive tackle Chad Lavalais has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his part in the Tigers' 31-7 win over 17th-ranked Auburn on Saturday in Tiger Stadium, the league office announced on Monday.


Lavalais, a senior from Marksville, La., recorded eight tackles, including three totaling 24-yards in losses to lead an LSU defense that held Auburn to only 50 yards rushing, more than 150 yards below its season average. Lavalais also added a quarterback sack for a 13-yard loss in the contest.


One of the biggest plays of the game for Lavalais came in the first quarter when he tackled Auburn's Cadillac Williams for a 5-yard loss on a fourth-and-one situation at midfield. That tackle turned the ball over on downs to LSU and eventually led to a Tiger touchdown and a 14-0 lead.


For the year, Lavalais has 35 tackles, 11 of which have gone for losses. He also leads the team with six sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. For his career, Lavalais has 10 sacks and 27.5 tackles for losses.


The honor for Lavalais marks the second time this year in which an LSU player has received the SEC Defensive Player of the Week award. Corey Webster was the league's player of the week following LSU's win over Georgia in week four.


Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen earned the league's offensive player of the week honor after accounting for five touchdowns in the Vols' 51-43 five-overtime win over Alabama. Kentucky's Derek Abney was awarded the special teams player of the week honor after returning a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in a 42-17 win over Mississippi State.

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