Tigers at No. 5 in BCS standings

October, 28, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU remained the top-ranked one-loss team in college football as the Tigers checked in at No. 5 in the BCS rankings released Sunday night.

LSU (7-1), which was idle over the weekend, moved up one spot from No. 6 after No. 2 Florida lost to Georgia Saturday, sending the Gators tumbling to No. 7 in the rankings. The Tigers have a chance to continue their ascent this week when they host No. 1 Alabama (8-0).

The Bulldogs rose four spots to No. 6 after their upset victory, perhaps an indication of how much LSU could move up with a win this week -- if undefeated teams other than Alabama lose or play poorly.

The Tigers' path to a national championship game got a bit murkier this week after two of the unbeatens ranked ahead of them, No. 2 Kansas State and No. 3 Notre Dame, both got past tough hurdles. Kansas State beat No. 18 Texas Tech while Notre Dame beat No. 12 Oklahoma on the road.

LSU's resume remains strong thanks to:
  • An Oct. 20 win over No. 16 Texas A&M;
  • An Oct. 13 win over No. 8 South Carolina;
  • A lone loss Oct. 6 against now No. 7 Florida.

The Tigers will also have chances on their remaining schedule to make an impression that could impact their BCS title game chances, with at least two games against BCS top 25 teams:
  • Saturday against No. 1 Alabama
  • Nov. 10 against No. 15 Mississippi State, which dropped four spots after losing to Bama.
  • Given wins in their remaining games, an SEC championship game appearance, likely against either Georgia or Florida.

LSU also has regular-season games at home against Ole Miss and at Arkansas.

LSU was a preseason No. 1 before coach Les Miles dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from the team in August camp.

The Tigers were ranked No. 6 after the 14-6 loss at Florida.

Watch: Sorting out unbeatens after No. 1 Alabama

Gary Laney | email

Reporter, GeauxTigerNation

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