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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 25, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:38 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

wishful thinking... Lsu will rip georgia a new one and if alabama beats auburn its a done deal.The bcs poll takes into consideration  different criteria and alabama has enough points stacked up to take the #2 spot,even if oklahoma wins. Do you guys realize  oklahoma  lost to baylor,who i think,wasnt even ranked. Plus whats oklahomas defence ranked 102nd..what do you think lsu would do to them. that would be a joke. Alabama deserves to be where they are at just live with it..

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:34 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Now I know that LSU in't exactly an Ivy League program, but let's us our heads for a moment; assume, as must do that Alabama and Georgia are the two best teams in the country (I'm a partial OKState fan, but that's beside the point), if LSU can lose and still play for the NC, why should they even try to win????  Keep it close and hand the game to Georgia at the end.  Why, you ask!  Because only 2 teams from one conference can play in BCS's bowls...period!!!  If Georgia is the SEC Champ, they get an automatic bid; you see where I'm going with this.  By lossing, LSU eliminates their stiffest competition, while denying the #2 team and hated rival Bama from playing in a BCS Bowl.  It's brilliant, not to mention the pressure it would place on the NCAA to devise a playoff system should the #2 team not be invited to a BCS game! 
GO POKES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:15 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

If back in 2006/07, #3 Florida could win the SEC Championship impressively enough to jump idle #2 Michigan, why can't Oklahoma State, who is likely to be #3 after this week, jump Alabama next week with an impressive win over Oklahoma to clinch the Big 12 championship? Turnabout is fair play.

You can talk about Oklahoma State's loss. They lost the day after their women's basketball coach died in a plane crash. If something like that happened at LSU or Alabama, would they have won the next day (unless they were playing a scrub)? Probably not. I think Oklahoma State deserves some leeway because of that.

Besides, Oklahoma State's loss was on the road. Alabama's loss was at home and they didn't score a touchdown all game, including overtime (by the way, Oklahoma State's loss was also in overtime). You have to protect your home field.


Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:09 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

It's not quite that simple...Alabama may very well be the second best team in the country, but unless you have been under a rock, that means nothing when it comes to a NC game.  Let me break it down for you.  Alabama beats Auburn by whatever margin (it really doesn't matter).  OK State is idle this week.  The BCS comes out Sunday night.  #1 LSU #2 Alabama #3 OK State.  On December 3rd, LSU (SEC Champ) beats Georgia, OK State (Big 12 champ) beats OU, and Alabama is sitting at home reminiscing about its Iron Bowl win.  The BCS poll comes out on December 4th. #1 LSU #2 OK State #3 Alabama.  

Then you are right LSU will probably beat OK State by 30.   OK State just needs enough defense to be OU.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:46 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

College football is stupid.   So much for every game is a playoff.  How about NO games are playoffs.  Some people are saying LSU is the national champion even if they LOSE the BCS championship game.  What a joke.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:09 am

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.

Alabama would beat OKST by 30, easily, as would LSU.  When the Cowboys learn to play defense, then we'll talk.


Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:23 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

No actually Oklahoma State has a better record against winning teams than Alabama does. Alabama got where it got by being picked high in the meaningless first week pick and then not playing more than four teams with winning records (one of which was an FCS team). That's the simple truth. It all comes down to W-Ls and the quality of those wins. Who did they beat. See? All but four of Oklahoma State's games have been against winning teams. And they beat all but one of them. So they actually have a better record against winners than Alabama does. Alabama is only 3-1 against winning teams. That hardly makes them BCS National Champion quality now does it?

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:07 am

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

This year,it's going to be LSU and Bama playing for the championship.Period.End of story.These happen to be the best two teams in the country.For everyone complaining about it,consider this:no one has been able to beat an SEC team for the title in the last 5 years.They might as well let it be solved by the top 2 teams in the top conference.Everyone else has proven to be inferior.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:49 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

We here this every year and then the bowl games and our mid teams beat the crap out of what ever you send. COME ON MAN, give it a rest

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:19 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit


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