LSU notebook for September 19, 2011

Tigers back to No. 2

Advocate staff report

For the third straight week, LSU played leapfrog with Alabama in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, just in time for a game that is garnering more attention all the time.

LSU moved back to No. 2 in the AP poll Sunday, exchanging places with the Crimson Tide.

This week, the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) got traction from their 19-6 win Thursday at then-No. 25 Mississippi State, while Alabama (3-0) was unable to impress the voters with its 41-0 shutout of winless North Texas.

Meanwhile, ESPN announced that it will be bringing its “College Game Day” program to Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday for the game between LSU and No. 16 West Virginia (3-0).

It will be the first time the popular program will visit the West Virginia campus.

The popular show also preceded LSU’s season opener with Oregon in Arlington, Texas.

ABC had previously announced it will televise the Tigers-Mountaineers clash, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CDT. It will be LSU’s first visit to West Virginia.

In the AP poll, LSU lost three first-place votes from last week but picked up enough points overall to slide past Alabama into the No. 2 spot.

This week, the Tigers have 14 first-place votes and 1,424 points, while Alabama has seven first-place votes and 1,402 points.

Last week, LSU was No. 1 on 17 ballots with 1,417 points, while Alabama had 10 first-place votes and 1,423 points.

Oklahoma (3-0) remained No. 1 after its 23-13 win at then-No. 5 Florida State. The Sooners, No. 1 since the preseason poll, have 37 first-place votes and 1,471 points. No. 4 Boise State (2-0) earned the remaining two No. 1 votes and has 1,309 points.

In the USA Today coaches poll, LSU remains No. 3 behind Oklahoma and Alabama. The Tigers have five first-place votes to the Tide’s four, but Bama has 1,402 points to LSU’s 1,373.

Claiborne honored

LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Florida running back Chris Rainey on Sunday were named Walter Camp National Players of the Week.

Claiborne, the defensive player of the week, had two interceptions and broke up one pass in the win at Mississippi State.

Rainey, the offensive player of the week, totaled 233 all-purpose yards and one touchdown in a 33-23 win over Tennessee in Gainesville, Fla. Rainey, who also blocked a punt, rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries and caught two passes for 104 yards, including a 83-yard touchdown.