I don't see how any voter -- cough, coaches! -- could pick Oklahoma ahead of LSU, given the Tigers' jaw-dropping body of work, with wins (road wins!) over quality teams (teams, plural!) throughout September. And that doesn't even take into consideration the ludicrous idea that anyone who picks Oklahoma at No. 1 really thinks that the Sooners would win a head-to-head match-up with LSU (or Alabama).
The first month of the season made it clear that LSU and Alabama are elite -- if both get through October without losing, as expected, they play each other the first week of November.
It's a shame that the loser of their game will automatically be slotted behind Oklahoma or Wisconsin or any other still-unbeaten team, because either would throttle the other would-be contenders. Then again, none of those other contenders control their own destiny like LSU and 'Bama. That's the way it works in college football and the SEC.
Here's this week's ballot, where the top matters a lot more than the jumbled mess near the end: