LSU back in top five

LSU moved back into the top five in the national polls for the first time since late September on Sunday, a day following its 24-0 win over Appalachian State.

The Tigers, winners of six straight, stand at 7-1 overall heading into Saturday's showdown with third-ranked and undefeated Alabama (9-0). Kickoff for the LSU-Alabama contest is slated for 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The game will be televised to a national audience by CBS.

The Tigers jumped another spot from No. 6 to No. 5 in both of the major national polls. LSU received 1,328 points in the Associated Press poll, while the Tigers picked up 1,283 points in the USA Today Coaches poll.

The No. 5 ranking is the highest for the Tigers since the week of Sept. 25 when the Tigers were ranked No. 4 in the nation in both polls. LSU opened the year as the nation's third-ranked team in both the AP poll and the USA Today Coaches poll.

Southern Cal and Texas continue to be ranked Nos. 1-2 respectively in both polls. Alabama, a 17-0 winner over Mississippi State on Saturday, moved up a spot to No. 3 in the AP poll, while remaining No. 4 in the coaches poll.

Miami, a 27-7 winner over previously unbeaten Virginia Tech on Saturday, jumped past Alabama to No. 3 in the coaches poll, while the Hurricanes are No. 4 in the AP poll.

Other SEC teams in the polls include Georgia at No. 9 in both the AP poll and the USA Today Coaches poll; Florida at No. 12 in both polls; and Auburn at No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

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