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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: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:30 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

If that is true then I did miss it. Have not really followed college football that much this year. Just watching games. The media is so full of the bad things that have happened in the past year that I just do not watch many of the pre-game, post-game or analysis shows. Just DVR the games I want to see and to heck with the ret.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:30 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Think both Alabama and LSU deserve the BCS berth- probably the NCG, but not the third SEC team.
Maybe in the rematch, Alabama can score a total of three field goals and win!  All while the fans sleep.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:20 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit


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Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:47 pmScore: 54 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

We'll see you cheap bastards on Jan 9th. Bring it on you bayou sissies.

RTR!


You know it is hard to make good points as an Alabama fan with fans like you mucking it up.  LSU beat us, and if we get the second chance to beat them then we are lucky.

I do think we are a better team overall, but we still need to prove it on the field.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:20 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I understand the market and the angle for still keeping Alabama relevant. SEC locals, especially the Birmingham-Montgomery-Mobile TV markets are insanely football dependent. But Alabama doesn't deserve a shot at the national championship for one very clear reason. Half the teams they played this year have losing records. I don't hear the announcers mention that, but it's a clear fact. Add it up. Oklahoma State has also played four loser teams, but one of them was Texas Tech, which most people wouldn't consider a throwaway program. Bama had a sissy schedule this year. It's no wonder they lead the nation in every single defensive category, but the offense still couldn't manage better than around 30th in the nation. That makes for a completely wrong team to play in the national championship. I don't care how they appear, Alabama lost a game and Houston didn't. I haven't checked to see if six of Houston's games were against teams with losing records like Alabama, but at least they have a good offense that would be a great foil against either the obvious champion (LSU) or Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for example. So let the Cowbooys or some team with one loss that has played only 2-3 teams with losing records have a shot at the championship. I don't care WHAT conference, it's the teams a team plays that matters. And Bama hasn't played against tough teams. They have a schedule primed with losers this year. Saban ain't no fool (which is why he'll leave the South within a year or two).



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:18 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Three can go in your scenario if LSU and Bama are 1 and 2 in the BCS and UGA wins the SEC championship game.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:59 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Whatever, as long as CBS has their SEC lovetoys in the top 2 or 3, all's well for them.  CBS owns the SEC, they wouildn't have it any other way.  Enjoy another lame game between LSU and Alabama.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:59 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

"In the biggest game at Tiger Stadium since 1959 -- when No. 1 LSU beat No. 3 Ole Miss -- the home team survived. Barely."

Why does every one seem to forget October 11, 1997: Unbeaten and ranked #1, Florida loses to LSU 28–21. This is the first time in Tiger Stadium history the goal posts were pulled down...



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:35 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Also, hate to say it but LSU is a lock regardless of the SEC championship game.  They not only beat #3, but #2.    Think both Alabama and LSU deserve the BCS berth- probably the NCG, but not the third SEC team. 



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:34 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

When a team like LSU beats #2 Alabama, #3 Arkansas, #4 Oregon,  who wants to see LSU meet Alabama again....bring on #5...whoever that might be.  This is as close to a playoff since the BCS started ! ! !



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:33 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

One thing he has forgotten is that only 2 teams from a conference can go to BCS bowls


wrong, there is an exception built into the bcs that says that 3 teams from the same conference can play in the bcs if 2 of them are in the national title game and the other has the automatic bid, meaning that if lsu loses to georgia and only falls to 2 (or doesnt fall at all) lsu and bama would still play for the title, and georgia would be in ther sugar bowl, the media has mentioned this exception several times over the past week or 2, guess you must have missed it   


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