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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 09/25/2011

LSU is No. 1 in AP Top 25 college football poll, knocking Oklahoma to No. 2


Jarrett Lee steps up to throw. (Jeff Gentner / AP)
Louisiana State made a compelling case for the No. 1 ranking in college football with its third road victory over a ranked opponent this season.

So compelling, in fact, that voters in the Associated Press poll moved the Tigers ahead of Oklahoma, which had to rally from an 11-point deficit to beat Missouri 38-28 on Saturday night.

LSU is 4-0 and Coach Les Miles thought talk of leapfrogging the 3-0 Sooners, the No. 1 team since the preseason poll, was premature. Or perhaps he was being politically correct Saturday night. “I like the position we’re in, but I don’t think we’re the best team in college football today,” Miles said. “I think there is a hope and want and desire to be there. I don’t know if we’re good enough right now to do everything we want to do. That’s putting the cart before the horse.”

In LSU’s 47-21 victory over the Mountaineers in Morgantown, Jarrett Lee passed for three touchdowns and Michael Ford rushed for two.

Good enough for the media members who vote in the AP poll to move LSU into the top spot for the first time since 2007, when the Tigers won the national championship. LSU received 42 first-place votes (1,471 points) from the 60 media voters. Oklahoma received 12 for 1,422 points.

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