BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU continued its steady climb back to normalcy this week with a 45-10 blowout victory, but things are only about to get harder.
The Tigers (4-2, 2-1 SEC) overcame a poor first-half showing Saturday night to dominate Southern Miss in the second half, winning by five touchdowns. With the win, LSU stays ranked No. 8 in this week’s edition of the SEC Country Power Poll, the same place it was last week.
The SEC Country Power Poll is voted on by 20 voters who cover college football for SEC Country and outlets around the country.
Two games into the Ed Orgeron era in Baton Rouge, it’s hard not to be encouraged by LSU’s performance. The Tigers have won the two games of Orgeron’s “new season” by a combined score of 87-17. By comparison, LSU scored just 84 points total in the four games coached by Les Miles and Cam Cameron to begin the season.
But, with all due respect to Missouri and Southern Miss, the difficult part of LSU’s schedule is about to begin.
This week, LSU hosts Ole Miss, ranked No. 7 in the SEC Country Power Poll. The Rebels (3-3, 1-2 SEC) lost 34-30 to Arkansas on Saturday night, pushing Ole Miss down to No. 23 in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll. Ole Miss still sports one of the best offenses in college football, averaging 39.7 points per game, but its defense has been a work in progress this season, known for blowing big leads and allowing more than 30 points per game.
After Ole Miss, LSU will take a bye week, giving the Tigers extra time to prepare for quite possibly the toughest November schedule of any team in college football. The month begins with No. 1 Alabama coming to Baton Rouge, followed by contests against Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M. The last four teams on LSU’s schedule represent four of the top five teams in the SEC Country Power Poll.
If LSU is going to continue to thrive, it will continue to rely on its defense. After Saturday’s win, LSU boasts the No. 13 total defense in college football by yardage, third in the SEC. Only No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 15 Florida have allowed fewer points this season than LSU, and no team has allowed fewer touchdowns than the Tigers’ 6.
Be sure to return to SECCountry.com next Sunday for next week’s edition of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 7 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||260||20||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||240||0||2||2||2|
|3||Arkansas (7 - 6)||194||0||7||3||6|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||181||0||6||3||8|
|5||Tennessee (9 - 4)||181||0||3||3||8|
|6||Auburn (8 - 5)||166||0||5||3||8|
|7||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||156||0||4||4||9|
|8||LSU (8 - 4)||141||0||8||3||8|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||88||0||9||9||13|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||75||0||10||8||13|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||54||0||11||10||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||51||0||14||9||14|
|13||Missouri (4 - 8)||17||0||12||10||14|
|14||South Carolina (6 - 7)||16||0||13||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)