The Tigers jumped in front of USC to claim the top ranking in the nation in this week's Associated Press college football poll. LSU received 33 first-place votes (up from 22 last week), while the Trojans, who narrowly won against Washington this weekend, received 32 first-place votes (down from 43).
It's the first No. 1 AP ranking for the Tigers since Nov. 2, 1959, which followed the team's first national championship season in 1958.
Strangely, sports columnist Peter Finney with my old paper, The Times-Picayune, wondered in his Sunday column if LSU's lackluster, error-filled 34-9 win over Tulane on Saturday might hurt the Tiger's shot at the national title.
What a bonehead! A mediocre game against a crummy opponent a week before the biggest game of the year (LSU's bout with Florida next weekend) doesn't exactly define where this team is at the moment. There was nothing to be gained from beating the Greenies 70-0. So is it really surprising the Tigers didn't have their heads, or their hearts, in the game?
Clearly, other sports writers from around the country weren't in the throes of the bizarre Uptown Tulane Green Wave apologist fog that so badly afflicts Finney's grasp of reality.
After the game in the Superdome in New Orleans, Coach Miles and the team kept to their tradition of singing LSU's Alma Mater with fans.