LSU uses overtime win over Alabama to leap to No. 7 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

LSU running back John Emery Jr. (4) and the Tigers moved to No. 7 in the latest round of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday. PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

LSU surged three spots to No. 7 in this week’s edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings, the CFP Committee announced Tuesday.

LSU (7-2 overall) made its debut at No. 10 in the first edition last week.

Georgia (9-0) is No. 1, followed by Ohio State (9-0), Michigan (9-0) and TCU (9-0). Tennessee (8-1) starts the bottom half of the Top 10 at No. 5, followed by Oregon (8-1), LSU, Southern Cal (8-1), Alabama (7-2) and Clemson (8-1).

Other SEC teams in the rankings include: Ole Miss (8-1) at No. 11 and Kentucky (6-3) at No. 24. Florida State (6-3), LSU’s season-opening opponent, is No. 23, while Tulane (8-1 is No. 17.

The Tigers, coming off a thrilling 32-31 overtime win over Alabama on Saturday in Tiger Stadium, are the highest two-loss team in the rankings.

On the comparison between LSU and one-loss Oregon, who is ranked one spot ahead of the Tigers at No 6, CFP Selection Committee Chair Boo Corrigan said, “We talked about everything. We have multiple teams on the board. We’re looking at as much information as we can find on it.

“Obviously, the LSU wins the last couple of weeks with Alabama and Mississippi has played in strong in the last couple weeks. If you think back to last week, we had LSU at 10, so there was a lot of respect for LSU going into that room.

“Again, the Oregon piece of losing that game early and averaging over 40 points in their last eight games, the job that Bo Nix has done both running for touchdowns and throwing for touchdowns, it’s really an impressive team, as well. Again, we’re looking at everything that we can find as well as watching the games and making sure we’re doing a full evaluation.”

LSU returns to action on Saturday, traveling to face Arkansas at 11 a.m. in Fayetteville. The game will be televised on ESPN.

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