LSU climbs in the coaching polls thanks to Tennessee’s embarrassing loss at South Carolina

The Tigers had one of their most versatile and efficient performances of the season with a 41-10 win over UAB on Saturday night.

While a loss to a .500 Conference USA team in the Blazers won’t do much to raise LSU’s national profile, they rise from No. 5 in this week’s coaching poll thanks to a stunning 63-38 loss down the road Tennessee.

Now the Tigers are up a spot to 6th but are trailing USC, who survived on the road against UCLA on Saturday night to earn a berth in the Pac-12 championship. However, LSU ranks above the Trojans in the College Football Playoff rankings and should move into the top 5 of those rankings this week.

For now, here’s how things stand after Week 12 in the USA TODAY Sports-sponsored Coaches’ Survey.

UTSA Roadrunner (9-2)

John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: NO

Texas Longhorns (7-4)

Ben Queen USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: NO

Coastal Carolina (9-1)

David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 23

Oregon State Beavers (8-3)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: NO

Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2)

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 21

Tulane Green Wave (9-2)

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Previous ranking: 22

Ole Miss Rebels (8-3)

Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 14

UCLA Bruins (8-3)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 16

North Carolina Tar Heels (9-2)

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 11

Florida State Seminoles (8-3)

Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 20

Notre Dame fights Irish (8-3)

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 19

Utah Utes (8-3)

Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 10

Kansas State Wildcats (8-3)

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 17

Washington Huskies (9-2)

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: fifteen

Tennessee Volunteers (9-2)

Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 5

Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2)

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 12

Oregon Ducks (9-2)

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 13

Clemson Tigers (10-1)

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 9

Alabama Crimson Tide (9-2)

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 8th

LSU Tigers (9-2)

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 7

USC Trojans (10-1)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 6

TCU Horned Frogs (11-0)

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 4

Michigan Wolverines (11-0)

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 3

Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0)

Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Previous ranking: 2

Georgia Bulldogs (11-0)

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 1

Story originally appeared on LSU Tigers Wire

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