College Football

LSU clears a path to BCS

jgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 7, 2011 

Staff writer J.P. Giglio is one of 60 voters in The Associated Press' Top-25 college football poll.

Why is that Louisiana State only makes the Bowl Championship Series title game when it's played in New Orleans?

I probably should have factored that in my preseason vote, when I thought Oregon would beat LSU and run the table. Bad call by me.

Instead, with LSU's 9-6 overtime win at No. 2 Alabama, the Tigers are four wins from a third trip to the BCS title game in the Big Easy in eight years.

The Crimson Tide's fate will be debated from now until Dec. 4, when the BCS pairings are announced. Does the Tide deserve a rematch with the Tigers on Jan. 9? I don't see it.

If either Oklahoma State or Stanford get to the finish line unbeaten, it definitely won't happen. If it's either Alabama or Boise State, it could happen. You can bet an unbeaten, but relatively untested, Boise State team, which beat SEC East-leading Georgia on Sept. 3, is pulling for the Dawgs to derail LSU's Cajun coronation.

J.P. Giglio's Top 25

(last week's vote in parentheses.)

1. LSU (1)

2. Oklahoma State (3)

3. Stanford (5)

4. Alabama (2)

5. Boise State (4)

6. Oregon (6)

7. Arkansas (8)

8. Oklahoma (7)

9. Clemson (10)

10. Georgia (12)

11. Michigan State (14)

12. Virginia Tech (17)

13. South Carolina (11)

14. Wisconsin (18)

15. Kansas State (15)

16. USC (21)

17. Houston (16)

18. Penn State (19)

19. Texas (NR)

20. Nebraska (9)

21. Michigan (13)

22. Georgia Tech (22)

23. Auburn (23)

24. Florida State (24)

25. Notre Dame (NR)

Out: Arizona State (20), Texas A&M (25)

The AP Top 25

W-L

Pts

Pv

1. LSU (59)

9-0

1,499

1

2. Oklahoma St.

9-0

1,398

3

3. Stanford

9-0

1,369

4

4. Alabama

8-1

1,334

2

5. Boise St. (1)

8-0

1,288

5

6. Oregon

8-1

1,184

6

7. Oklahoma

8-1

1,138

7

8. Arkansas

8-1

1,107

8

9. Clemson

8-1

979

11

10. Virginia Tech

8-1

885

12

11. Houston

9-0

804

14

12. Penn St.

8-1

725

16

13. Michigan St.

7-2

718

15

14. Georgia

7-2

657

18

15. South Carolina

7-2

654

10

16. Wisconsin

7-2

602

19

17. Kansas St.

7-2

546

17

18. Southern Cal

7-2

502

21

19. Nebraska

7-2

491

9

20. Georgia Tech

7-2

340

22

21. Texas

6-2

313

NR

22. Michigan

7-2

264

13

23. Cincinnati

7-1

206

23

24. Auburn

6-3

181

25

25. Southern Miss.

8-1

161

NR

Others receiving votes: TCU 56, Ohio St. 50, Arizona St. 15, Florida St. 12, Washington 8, Iowa 4, Notre Dame 4, Baylor 3, Tulsa 1, Virginia 1, West Virginia 1.

USA Today Top 25

Rec.

Pts.

Pvs

1. LSU (59)

9-0

1,475

1

2. Stanford

9-0

1,378

3

3. Oklahoma State

9-0

1,359

4

4. Alabama

8-1

1,286

2

5. Boise State

8-0

1,242

5

6. Oregon

8-1

1,180

6

7. Oklahoma

8-1

1,141

7

8. Arkansas

8-1

1,075

8

9. Virginia Tech

8-1

955

11

10. Clemson

8-1

946

12

11. Houston

9-0

828

14

12. Penn State

8-1

799

15

13. Michigan State

7-2

696

16

14. Wisconsin

7-2

654

17

15. South Carolina

7-2

618

10

16. Georgia

7-2

572

20

17. Nebraska

7-2

530

9

18. Cincinnati

7-1

386

22

19. Georgia Tech

7-2

354

23

20. Texas

6-2

339

25

21. Michigan

7-2

334

13

22. Kansas State

7-2

328

19

23. So. Mississippi

8-1

301

24

24. TCU

7-2

115

NR

25. Auburn

6-3

109

NR

Others: Arizona State 49; Florida State 44; Notre Dame 22; Ohio State 22; Washington 10; Iowa 8; Texas A&M 6; West Virginia 6; Baylor 3; Rutgers 2; Arkansas State 1; Miami 1; Virginia 1.

Giglio: twitter.com/jpgiglio or 919-829-8938

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