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LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Posted on: November 25, 2011 5:48 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 5:57 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The weirdest thing about LSU’s undefeated regular season is that the Tigers may be able to rest their starters next week in the SEC championship game.

Such is LSU's large margin for error after beating No. 3 Arkansas on Saturday. The win before the second-largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history cleared up the BCS mess just a bit. The Hogs, having lost their second game, were eliminated from the SEC West and national championship races. LSU clinched a spot in Atlanta next week against Georgia. But as one of two undefeated teams left -- Conference USA’s Houston is the other -- it may have room to lose that game against the Bulldogs and still play in the BCS title game.

Against who is to be determined. Alabama can all but get to New Orleans itself for a rematch by beating Auburn on Saturday in the Iron Bowl. 'Bama began the weekend as the best of the one-loss teams. That doesn’t figure to change if beats Auburn’s Tigers.

That’s where it comes back to LSU’s Tigers. Barring a blowout win by Georgia in Atlanta, LSU will still have to be considered one of the top two teams in the BCS. That’s the result of going undefeated in the SEC, beating No. 3 at home and advancing to a less-than-pressurized SEC title game.

The Tigers have built up that much equity with the pollsters and computers that it may be able to suffer a loss. It’s happened before. Nebraska didn’t even win its division in 2001 before advancing to play Miami. In 2003, Oklahoma lost by four touchdowns to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game but still advanced to play … LSU in … New Orleans.

The BCS formula has actually changed since then to make it less likely. But with LSU and Alabama having separated themselves from the college football pack, what else are you going to do? Is a one-loss LSU at that point better than a one-loss Stanford, Oklahoma State or Virginia Tech?

Up to this point, the BCS has spoken.  LSU is the only team to beat seven ranked opponents, three in the top five. In the biggest game at Tiger Stadium since 1959 -- when No. 1 LSU beat No. 3 Ole Miss -- the home team survived. Barely.

It was clunky: LSU fell behind 14-0, trailing for the first time at home all season, then rallied in the final seven minutes to take a 21-14 halftime lead. Trailing 14-zip, the Tigers fumbled as many times as Jordan Jefferson was booed on the Tigers’ first touchdown drive. A 14-play, 77-drive was finally completed when freshman Kenny Hilliard scored to lead LSU back from its biggest deficit of the season.

It was amazing: Tyrann Mathieu ended a month or so of anonymity by taking a Dylan Breeding punt back 92 yards for a score. Cue the Richter Scale. Tiger Stadium shook, seemingly knowing what was coming next. Fourteen-all.

It was a turnaround: After stinking on the previous series, Jefferson completed four of five for 66 yards and a touchdown to put LSU ahead 21-14. That drive was set up when Arkansas’ Dennis Johnson was ruled to have fumbled at LSU’s 34. Three scores in 6:50 put the Tigers ahead to stay at halftime.

LSU should have known it was in trouble when Jarius Wright snuck free over the middle for a 13-yard touchdown reception. The first score of the game marked the first time all season the Tigers had trailed at home. It was the first touchdown pass given up by LSU in 1½ months.

The BCS started to look murkier when Arkansas’ Alonzo Highsmith returned a Mike Ford fumble 47 yards for a touchdown that made it 14-0.

Through all of LSU’s recent excellence, Arkansas had been that rock in the Tigers’ shoe. The Hogs had won three of the last four meetings. Something was going to give.

Eventually, Arkansas did.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Arkansas, BCS, LSU

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:26 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

So if so. Miss were to go undefeated, you would not want them to get a shot at an undefeated SEC team?

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:03 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

The conference season functions as part one of the playoff. If you don't win your conference, you should not be in consideration for the playoff system. The non-champions could play in bowl games. I would rather see LSU play a new challenger than teams that they have already beaten.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:35 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

If you don't win your conference you might not be the best in the nation...but you damn sure might be 2nd best!  You're an SEC hater,  too bad...  You can't say with a straight face that the winner of the Big East or ACC would usually be in the top 2 or 3 in the SEC or even the Big Ten for that matter.  Your eight team playoff suggestion as you lay it out is a joke.  Only no one's laughing, just shaking our heads that anyone would suggest such a lame 8 team playoff as the one you did.

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:02 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

hahaha..are you kidding? Alabama would retire oklahoma if they played them.Have you seen alabama play? That defense wouldnt let them past midfield.. Alabama was in the redzone more than lsu but just had an off night. They took lsu to ot and lost by 3... Why then do you think lsu would beat oklahoma but alabama would have no chance..doesnt make sense

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:19 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

It's quite simple. Alabama's only loss was to the #1 team, in OT in a game that could have easily gone the other way as Bama outplayed LSU. OKST lost to a 4 touchdown underdog. There is only 1 team in the country that can beat Alabama-it's LSU. There is only 1 team in the country that can beat LSU-it's Alabama. Far and away the two best and most deserving teams will be playing for the National Championship.
There are actually a lot of teams in the country that can beat Alabama, and when LSU plays its best, I don't think anyone can beat LSU. I've seen both Alabama and Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma State would smash Alabama. LSU, on the other hand, would beat Oklahoma State fairly handily.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:05 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

If Georgia beats LSU, I would vote Boise as #1 if I were a voter based on the whooping that they gave Georgia to open the season.(That being said, Georgia is unlikely to beat LSU.) 

The fix is in. As long as the SEC gets to play in the championship, people will not demand a playoff. If the SEC ever comes out on the short end of the BCS stick, we might get a playoff.

The BCS is a joke. It is a shame that college football is the only major sport decided by an opinion poll instead of playing games.

I would rather see an 8 Team playoff:

SEC Champ
Big Ten Champ
Big East Champ
ACC Champ
Big 12 Champ
Pac 12 Champ

and the 2 best remaining conference winners (perhaps Boise and Houston).

The other teams could play in bowl games.


Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:06 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

If Georgia were to win, Georgia would go to the Sugar Bowl as the SEC representative. LSU and Alabama would go to the BCS NC game in New Orleans. Yes, 3 SEC teams in the BCS. The idea of the BCS is to match the 2 best teams in the country for the NC. Doesn't matter if they win their conference or not. That said, there is no way Georgia beats LSU, or even comes close.

Regarding the BCS rankings after next weeks games: Keep in mind, OKST is already maxed out in the computer rankings at #2, so there will be no gain for them there. They would have to move from #5 in both polls AHEAD of Alabama to #2 in both polls to surpass Bama in the BCS. Again, that's not going to happen, as a win over OK at home is nice but not earth-shattering.

Alabama and LSU are the 2 best teams in college fotball, and it's a HUGE dropoff to the rest of the field. They will play for the NC, as it should be. The BCS worked yet again. 

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:54 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Whoa. Wait a minute. If LSU loses to Georgia, it would still be No. 1? If LSU was No. 2, wouldn't it be banned from playing in a BCS game because Georgia, as the SEC champ, would take one BCS slot and No. 1 Alabama would take the other?  I thought the BCS was supposed to ensure that the No. 1 and No. 2 teams met for the national title.  And if somehow, LSU lost to Georgia and still got to play Alabama for the national title, that would mean the national championship game would have two teams that didn't even win their conference.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:49 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Nice try Buffalo wing, but you are not correct.  The one exception to the two team limit in the BCS is just this scenerio.  IF LSU were to lose to UGA (not going to happen) and LSU remained in the top two of the BCS with Bama, then LSU and Bama would still play for the NC and UGA would go to the Sugar Bowl.  The BCS guarantees that the top two teams in the BCS meet for the title, and the SEC champ is guaranteed the Sugar Bowl unless they are in the NC game.  So as you can now see, not that brilliant. 

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:46 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

excuse me oklahoma lost to IOWA..DOESNT MATTER ANYWAY

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