Tigers No. 1 across the board

For the first time in school history, LSU is ranked No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series Standings during the regular season as the Tigers climbed to the top spot on Sunday following their 58-10 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

LSU, now 9-1 overall, returns to Southeastern Conference action on Saturday, traveling to face 3-7 Ole Miss in Oxford. LSU goes into the Ole Miss contest having already clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game as the western division representative.

LSU also moved to No. 1 in all three national rankings – Associated Press, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive. It's the second time this year that LSU is holds down the top spot in all three polls. LSU was the consensus No. 1 following its 28-24 win over Florida on Oct. 6.

"You've done that and you realized that during your time there that it (had no) affect on you," Miles said of being ranked No. 1 for a second time this year. "It (the No. 1 ranking) really has little weight. If we hadn't been highly ranked all year, I'd feel differently about it is the point.

"Our guys understand what being ranked is about certainly at this point in the year. Now, we are highly ranked again. That ranking happens to be No. 1. They understand what it means. They are looking forward to playing these opponents and playing well."

The No. 1 BCS standing for LSU is the highest ever for the Tigers during the regular season. LSU finished the 2003 season as the BCS National Champions following its 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl that year.

In the BCS Standings, the Tigers climbed past Ohio State, who dropped its first game of the season on Saturday to Illinois, to the top spot with a .9802 BCS average. The Tigers are ahead of No. 2 Oregon (.9383 average), No. 3 Kansas (.9094), No. 4 Oklahoma (.8540) and No. 5 Missouri (.8096) in the BCS Standings.

The top two teams in the BCS Standings on Sunday, Dec. 2 will meet for the national championship at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 7.

With its move to No. 1 in the BCS Standings, the Tigers have jumped one spot in the poll in each of the last three weeks. LSU was No. 3 in the BCS on Oct. 28 following its open date, No. 2 last week after the victory over Alabama and they hold down the top spot after the win over Louisiana Tech.

"Right now, the approach that we are taking is to get better each week, take each game one at a time and see how far that will take us," Miles said. "All we are focusing on right now is getting in a good week of preparation for the Ole Miss game. It's now a down to a three-game season. We'll have to see where we are when it comes time to play the fourth game, but until then, it's all about focusing and getting ready for Ole Miss this week."


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