College Football Notebook
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BATON ROUGE, La. ó LSU has done its part to set up a clash for the ages with historical rival Alabama, even if the Tigersí path to 8-0 and the No. 1 ranking was a bit unorthodox.
The list of distractions that could have derailed LSUís bid for a national title has been growing steadily since the Tigers reported to campus this past summer. Theyíve responded by winning the first eight double digits for the first time in school history, including Saturdayís 45-10 victory over Auburn, which LSU dominated despite having three key players suspended.
LSU now has a week off before traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Nov. 5 for what LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery predicts will be the most competitive experience heís ever had. No. 2 Alabama is also 8-0.
OKLAHOMA DROPS IN POLL
NEW YORK ó Oklahoma tumbled to No. 11 in The Associated Press Top 25 after its first loss.
Seemingly invincible for so long at Owen Field, No. 3 Oklahoma finally proved fallible at home.
Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and connected with Alex Torres on three of his four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech snapped the Sooners’ 39-game home winning streak with 41-38 victory Saturday night.
Wisconsin also dropped eight spots after its first loss of the season, falling to No. 12.
No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama had no such issues, setting up the first 1-2 matchup between Southeastern Conference teams in the regular season. Oklahoma was preseason No. 1, but had been jumped by the Tigers and Crimson Tide weeks ago, even though the Sooners were winning.
Alabama and Florida played as Nos. 1 and 2 in the SEC title game in 2008, the first time the conference had a 1-2 game.
In the latest poll, Oklahoma State is No. 3, followed by fellow unbeatens Stanford, Boise State and Clemson.