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College Football Rankings: Why LSU Is the Real No. 1 Team

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers talks with quarterback Jarrett Lee #12 of the LSU Tigers during a timeout in a game against Mississippi State on September 15, 2011 at Davis Wade stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Chris HumphreyCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2011

The LSU Tigers are once again the best team in college football.

Yes, you can argue that the Oklahoma Sooner, fresh off their defeat of Florida State last night in Tallahassee, are a more worthy choice to be the team that rests atop the Top 25.

For those in Tuscaloosa, you might believe the Crimson Tide is a much more deserving selection to be the top team in college football over Nick Saban’s former program and their current SEC West rival.

The Bayou Bengals have already made an impact as the team to beat this season as LSU have already dominated the high powered offense of Oregon in Dallas and a grinding offense in Mississippi State just this past Thursday.

The athletic Tigers defense have been running around with their hair on fire this season as the unit ranks 14 in the nation in points allowed with only giving up 12 points a game with a combined nine points versus FCS Northwestern State and the aforementioned Mississippi State.

On the offensive side of the ball, Jarrett Lee has stepped into the quarterback role on a full time basis after charges were filed against Jordan Jefferson and other LSU players after a bar fight in Baton Rouge in late August.

Lee has been a great breath of life into the LSU offense this season completing 67 percent of his passes and throwing for a touchdown in each of the three games with only one interception this past Thursday.

Spencer Ware and Michael Floyd has been a two headed monster at running back in the early moment of 2011 with each already accounting for 200 plus yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

Through the air, Rueben Randle has been the new found go to deep threat for the Tigers after being held to just one catch against Oregon, exploded for 11 catches 219 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games.

The Tigers will have big road games to deal with in the remaining portion of the schedule with a trip to West Virginia out of conference and a trip to aforementioned Tuscaloosa for the Saban Bowl on November 5. LSU will host Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas in SEC play this season.

Has LSU returned to the form they had back in 2007 when the Tigers won their last national title?

That point is unclear right now, but the Tigers have put the college football world on notice that they are loaded for a championship run in 2011.

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