No. 1 LSU prepares for Kentucky

Michael Tortorich
LSU safety Eric Reid, a Dutchtown High product, and safety Brandon Taylor of Franklinton prepare for a defensive play.

LSU moved up to the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press writers poll after the Tigers decimated West Virginia in Morgantown.

The first third of the schedule, the entire month of September, was a grueling task for the Tigers. They had three away games against a trio of opponents ranked in the top 25. LSU posted double-digit victories over all three, and threw in a rout of Northwestern State in the lone home game of the month.

The convincing 47-21 win Saturday over West Virginia added to previous impressive victories, as the Tigers also pulled away against Oregon in the season-opener in Arlington, Texas and, moved past Mississippi State in a Thursday night SEC match-up.

LSU jumped over Oklahoma (3-0), a 38-28 winner at home Saturday over Missouri. The Tigers picked up 42 of 60 first-place votes in the poll, recording 1,471 points.

In the USA Today coaches poll, LSU moved up one spot into a tie for second with Alabama.

Head coach Les Miles said he takes the ranking as a compliment to the team.

“Being No. 1 is no burden,”?he said in his media luncheon. “There’s no extra target on our back.”

The successful start comes at a time when the Tigers will face five SEC foes in the coming weeks.

“I heard a coach say, ‘what is the reason that your football team is a good road team.’ They are a damn good football team. That is what makes them a good road team. I think our team is a confident and good football team,” Miles said.

LSU will return to the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium Saturday to host SEC opponent Kentucky. Kickoff is set for 11:21 a.m. and will be broadcast by the SEC?Network (locally on WAFB-TV).

The visiting Wildcats are coming off a 48-10 loss to Florida, the second team to come to Baton Rouge in back-to-back weeks.

LSU hasn’t faced?Kentucky since Oct. 13, 2007. In Lexington, the Wildcats took a 43-37 win in triple overtime to upset then No. 1 LSU. That was the last year a Tigers team was ranked in the top spot. Prior to 2007, LSU garnered No. 1 rankings in 1958 and 1959.

Also notable, LSU’s Oct. 8 match-up against No. 12 Florida will be televised by CBS with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff, it was announced by the Southeastern Conference on Monday.