Monday, 08 November 2010 14:14

LSU Hits No. 5 In BCS with win Over Alabama, Nevis Top In Defense

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LSU’s win over Alabama propelled the Tigers to No. 5 in the Bowl Championship Standings, the National Football Foundation announced with the release of the weekly rankings on Sunday night.


LSU, now 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Southeastern Conference play, has a .8170 BCS average, which takes into account two human elements – The USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Interactive Rankings – along with a computer average. LSU is No. 6 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Interactive and the Tigers have an average computer ranking of No. 4.

LSU is the highest-ranked one-loss team in the BCS Standings. Last week, the Tigers were No. 10 in the BCS following the open date.

Oregon currently holds the top spot in the BCS with a ..9638 average, followed by Auburn at .9611, TCU at .9259 and Boise State at .8661.

Other SEC teams in the BCS Standings include Alabama at No. 12, Arkansas at No. 15, Mississippi State at No. 18, Florida at No. 22 and South Carolina at No. 23.

LSU returns to action on Saturday, hosting Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium for Homecoming.



A day after LSU’s 24-21 win over Alabama, Tiger defensive tackle Drake Nevis was recognized by the Walter Camp Foundation as the National Defensive Player of the Week.


Nevis, a senior from Marrero, was a key component of a Tiger defense that held Alabama to just 102 rushing yards, including 30 in the second half. Alabama Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram was held to 97 yards and one TD on 21 carries.


Nevis led the charge for the Tiger defense, picking up seven tackles and one sack for 8-1 LSU.. Nevis also added a forced fumble, one quarterback hurry and broke up a pass in the victory. Nevis’ forced fumble came midway through the fourth quarter and led to an LSU field goal that put the Tigers up 24-14 with just over five minutes left in the contest.


For the year, Nevis ranks third on the LSU team with 47 tackles, which includes a team-high 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks. Nevis has also forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass. Nevis, who is a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, has been named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week a league-high three times this year.


TCU quarterback Andy Dalton earned offensive player of the week honors from the Foundation for his performance in the Frogs’ 47-7 win over Utah.

by Ed Staton

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