LSU back to No. 2 in Master Coaches Poll

The Bayou Bengals have reclaimed their No. 2 ranking in the Master Coaches Poll.

LSU won the battle of the Tigers as they defeated Auburn 30-24 on an unbelievable pass from Matt Flynn to Demetrius Byrd with just one tick remaining on the clock. The Tigers jumped Oklahoma and Boston College to reclaim the No. 2 spot in the Master Coaches Poll. "Les Miles has continued to make some gutsy calls at the most important times," said Auburn legend Pat Dye. "Both teams played outstanding, but LSU was just one big play better than Auburn." Auburn fell just one spot to No. 20 with the loss.

Ohio State remained the No. 1 team in the poll released on Sunday following an impressive defensive showing in a 24-17 win over Michigan State. The Buckeyes allowed just one offensive field goal. Oklahoma dropped one spot in the rankings to No. 3 after a less than stellar performance at Iowa State. The Sooners needed a second half rally to overcome being shutout in the first thirty minutes of the game.

Boston College also fell a spot in this week's poll. The fourth-ranked Eagles were idle, which seems to be the only safe place in this wild college football season. BC will face their toughest test yet on Thursday night in Blacksburg against No. 10 Virgnia Tech.

Oregon jumped two spots to No. 5 and became the third Pac-10 team to make a Top 5 appearance this year. After thumping Notre Dame 38-0, USC came in at No. 6 for the third consecutive week. Florida followed Southern Cal at No. 7 with a solid win in a shootout at Kentucky.

South Florida fell out of the Top 10 to No. 13 after their Cinderella story came to a close. No. 25 Rutgers knocked off the Bulls on the Thursday night 30-27. "I think the specialty teams were the difference in the game," former Iowa coach Hayden Fry said. "Greg Schiano (Rutgers head coach) used some great trick plays that helped them come out on top. You have to give Rutgers credit for playing a very smart game."

No. 22 Alabama, No. 24 Georgia and Rutgers moved back into the rankings this week, and No. 23 Virginia made its first appearance in the poll this year.

Tennessee, Texas Tech, Illinois and Cincinnati dropped out of the Master Coaches Poll this week after losses.

Master Coaches Poll

Other teams receiving votes ... Texas Tech 19, UCLA 18, Illinois 13, Boise State 7, Purdue 6, Oklahoma State 5, Wisconsin 4, Cincinnati 2, Miami 2, Clemson 2, Air Force 2, Kansas State 1, Wake Forest 1

Dropped from last week's poll ... Cincinnati, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas Tech

Voters this week - John Cooper, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Pat Dye, Hayden Fry, Don James, Frank Kush, Dick MacPherson, Bill Mallory, Don Nehlen, Tom Osborne, John Ralston, John Robinson, RC Slocum, Gene Stallings and George Welsh

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