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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
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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.

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Category: NCAAF
Tags: Arkansas, BCS, LSU
 
Comments

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:17 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

you have your opinion i have mine.Iknow Alabama can handle any offense..anywhere..Alabama dont need to pass when u have always got heisman trophy runners in the back field



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:14 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

The SEC beats on each other?  Oh please, other than LSU, they dont have any quarterbacks in the SEC.  Clearly based on today's game, SEC corners dont know how to defend against the pass.  Arkansas is a bad football team that got by with playing subpar teams.  Alabama cant score a touchdown or kick a field goal.  These are the top three teams in the country?  Seriously?



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:12 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

why wouldnt they be any integrity? Alabama went into lsu game and took them to overtime . Alabama  whipped most of those cupcake teams very bad.Should have beat lsu but just didnt make the plays but u still think they arent worthy? The 2 best teams should play and right now thats lsu and alabama.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:07 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Falcon, Alabama hardly gets a pass because it plays SEC opponents. ALL of the SEC isn't great, just a few teams. In fact, Alabama only played two teams from the SEC with a winning record, and it lost half of those games. 50 percent don't make a champion. (I'm assuming the Auburn loss now, which may be presumptuous, but I don't think reigning national champion Auburn really cares.) Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi are the worst teams in the SEC. Don't brag on them!! None of them could beat the best FCS teams. You think Bama has earned a shot at the national championship playing spineless SEC teams? Really??



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:02 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I understand what you're are saying, but think for a moment. Nobody is to blame, but you don't give Alabama a pass for beating a bunch of lousy teams. What you've seen is Alabama play against six teams with losing records (Kent State, North Texas, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee) and two more (Florida and Auburn)that will probably end up 6-6, breaking even. So you haven't seen Alabama play but four half-decent teams. Compare that with for example tomorrow's opponent Auburn, which has faced six teams ranked in the top 10 at one point or another this year and three teams in the top five (and two more top 15 to boot). When you watch any team play against losers, you aren't seeing reality. So what you see in drama on the field isn't the criteria for judgment. You judge based on facts, and fact is,

Alabama doesn't deserve a shot at the championship because they built its season on a bunch of losers. If you pair LSU against Alabama again it will be a national letdown because there is no integrity to that decision.




Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:01 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

The reason you guys think our schedule is a "cupcake" is because the sec teams beat on each other so it actually makes them look bad. Take any good sec team and i still say they will beat any other conference hands down. Defnse when championships ..why dont you take a look at how many national titles alabama holds..then compare it to most other teams..thats all luck right?



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:56 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Alabama didnt make their own schedule. They played who they were given..Is it alabamas fault that all those teams fell off or lost players. Alabama did what they was suppose to do..win.Thats why they are #2. You have to be dreaming if you think lsu would run away with the game if we play them again. I still say alabamas d is one of the best ive seen and ive watched many years of football..



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:55 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Capt - thank goodness someone (you) is actually taking the time to look at the cupcake schedule of Bama.  Lost to LSu in their own backyear, beat a terribly overrated Ark, and ran up their defensive stats against a host of cupcakes.  When will Bama actually man up and play a real OC schedule?  Full credit to LSU for the OC games they had the guts to schedule.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:42 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

It is true RalphGator, half of Alabama's vanquished opponents have losing records. The mighty tide, huh? You are setting the example for all of us. We should all DVR the games, enjoy the boys playing, and ignore the hogwash. Like I said, I haven't heard a single commentator point out how lousy Alabama's schedule was this year. Of course, it's just now apparent that the teams they played will have losing records. I just picked up on it before they announced it. Go look at the records if you don't believe me. No team in the top 10 who hasn't at least faced 7-8 teams with winning records should even be considered for the BCS championship. Frankly, when you stop and think about it, what Auburn did last year was pretty simply amazing in all respects. This year may be anti-climatic anyway, but hey, we enjoy the bowl season, so let's keep the games interesting for everyone, not just those lifeless fanatics that spend their entire paycheck on NCAA football merchandise. This is after all entertainment, nothing more.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:36 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Your luck will be in the Iron Bowl, and Alabama should win its bowl game, but I for one don't want to see them get their ssa ripped again by LSU, which is exactly what would happen. LSU and Arkansas are the only two decent opponents Alabama faced all year. We are at the point where we can stop and reflect on this season with the clarity of results. Fully half of Alabama's opponents this year couldn't even win half their games. Alabama beat a pack of losers on its schedule, and it didn't do nearly as well against Arkansas as LSU did. Georgia Southern isn't even the FBS and it scored three touchdowns on Alabama (probably more than Auburn will score!). So sit down and shut up until you've played a schedule as tough as Houston or Baylor, OK? You pick a champion by using intelligent analysis, not motormouthing half-truths and strutting around like an idiot. An elephant? Really?


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