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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
 
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:01 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Congratulations to LSU - great game.   Arkansas - Fraud!
To the shock of nobody. There is literally zero point to playing the crystal football game this year. Just give LSU the trophy and have Alabama play somebody else in one of the other BCS bowls. Nobody in the country is worthy of challenging LSU because when LSU plays its best, the only teams that can beat LSU are playing on Sundays.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:00 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

well said VILLE4real
add this to it:

IF YOU LOSE YOUR LAST GAME OF SEASON YOU CANNOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE GO TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:58 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I DONT GET IT

TWO UNDEFEATED TEAMS   and A BUNCH OF SORRY 1 loss TEAMS 

WHAT GIVES

WHY EVEN TALK ABOUT ANYTHING?

THE BCS RULES  THEY DO AS THEY PLEASE    IF YOU LOSE YOUR last game of the season (LSU) dont matter ?  YOU CANNOT LOSE YOUR LAST GAME AND GO TO ANY CHAMPIONSHIP  GET IT EVERYONE

PLUS  WHO AMONST YOU CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT WHO THE BEST   ONE LOSE TEAM IS


I ALSO NOTICED No1 MENTION BOISE STATE    loss 3 games in 5 years and never play in championship game shows what a farce
the BCS is  

ok here it is
if LSU BEATS GA  and HOUSTON wins it conference championship game then

LSU VS HOUSTON in CHAMPIONSHIP GAME  
here's another good one if HOUSTON LOST would that make them any worse or any better than any other one loss team..but here is the difference lsu loses evy1 says they still go but if houston loses they drop out of top 10  behind 9 other 1 lost teams  AMAZING what
GREED FOR MONEY does to some FOLKES    again only fair game is LSU HOUSTON  IF LSU LOSES THEN HOUSTON VS ALABAMA OR OKLA STATE OR STANFORD OR VA TECH OR WELL HECK WITH IT YOU C MY POINT     
  BCS SUCKS



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:54 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Sure you can. You make the bowl games the playoff games.  Start the season a week earlier, cut one of the 2 bye weeks that most schools get, you start the bowls playoff series at about the same time as they currently start. Then you take the teams that did not make the playoff, and they can still play in the lower tier bowls the same as always. Everyone wins.




Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:54 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I favor an 8 team playoff and then bowls for the other teams.

The 6 major conferences would get automatic bids and then the top 2 from other conference champions (Boise State or Houston would be examples).

If you do not win your conference, you are not the best team in the country because by defintion, you are not better than the team that won your conference.



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:42 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

what's wrong with being a "playoff guy"? the BCS is AWFUL.



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:39 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

wait, your saying that if Ala and LSU DON'T win the SEC(if UGA defeats LSU next week), then, and only then, the rules say that a conference could have 3 teams in the BCS? In other words if the top 2 in the BCS didn't win the conference they can go to the NCG and the team that wins the CCG gets the automatic bid.

Only the BCS could give you such stupidity




Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:38 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

sorry, tulo



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:34 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

"plus one" is a cowardly way to say 4-team playoff; call it what it is. 4 will quickly go to 16 You can have playoffs OR you can have bowls, you cannot have both.



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:30 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

alright did not know that...thanks for clearing that up and no marko am I not a playoff guy you moron


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