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Ohio State, LSU At Top Of AP, USA Today Polls

by @ 2:41 pm on December 2, 2007. Filed under 2007 BCS Championship, College Sports, Ohio State Buckeyes, Sports

At least in the Associated Poll, its as if the last month never happened:

NEW YORK (AP) — Let’s try this again.

Ohio State was No. 1 and LSU was 2 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday, just as they were a month ago, before four weeks of upsets and unlikely results capped the most unpredictable college football season in recent memory.

Essentially, voters in the media poll hit the reset button.

After the top two teams in the rankings lost for the second straight week, Ohio State jumped two spots to No. 1. The Buckeyes, who haven’t played since they wrapped up the Big Ten title with a 14-3 victory over Michigan on Nov. 17, received 50 first-place votes out of a possible 65.

LSU moved up three spots from No. 5 after winning the Southeastern Conference championship with a 21-14 victory over Tennessee on Saturday. The Tigers got 11 first-place votes.

The top two sports are essentially the same in the USA Today Coaches poll, which actually counts for something in calculating BCS Rankings:

In the first indication of where the Bowl Championship Series standings might be headed later today, Ohio State and LSU stand first and second in the new USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll.

The coaches’ poll is one-third of the BCS formula, along with the Harris Interactive poll and an average of computer rankings. One of those rankings, Jeff Sagarin of USA TODAY, has Virginia Tech first with LSU second, Oklahoma third and Ohio State fourth. The highest and lowest of six computer rankings for each team is discarded, and the four remaining ratings averaged. Oklahoma is third in the coaches’ poll.

Last week’s coaches poll had West Virginia and Missouri ranked first and second. The BCS standings had the same teams but Missouri at No. 1.

The final BCS standings will be revealed at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. The top two teams will play Jan. 7 in the Allstate Championship Game in New Orleans.

Barring a surprise, it looks like the Buckeyes and the Tigers on January 7th.

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