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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: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:34 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I would like to add.  A playoff system would solve most of this.  There will never be an end to the arguements, but the playoffs would help.

By the way rematches happen in every other sport, and people don't get all up in arms about it.  NFL, Tennis, Soccer, Boxing, MMA, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey.

If two equally talented teams play ten times then they split the victories right?  Alabama is about as close to equal of LSU as there is out there.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:32 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

 "If I am an LSU fan, I would want to play Houston or Boise to prove it to the doubters."


I'd take that in a heatbeat.  I think Houston is a phony, but I'd LOVE to see LSU-Boise.  I'd LOVE to see LSU-MSU.  I'd LOVE to see LSU vs. pretty much ANYONE but Bama.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:30 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

penn statedidnt own bamas d..why do u think bama is #1 in the country in d..yes that includes ur team



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:29 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

There may be a little bias here, so I will come out with that up front.

It is not about who has the best conference or not.  The conference doesn't play in the championship game.  Individual teams do.  The SEC teams at the top have been consistently better than their competition.  Look at the top ten Michigan State team from last year verses the three loss Alabama team:  Alabama destroyed them 49-7. That was supposed to be one of the best teams last year.

Alabama plays who they play and LSU plays who they play.  In the end Alabama took LSU to the wire, and if any one loss team deserves a chance then it is Alabama.

OSU lost to an unranked team, and Alabama lost to the number one team in OT.  I don't understand the confusion, but if Alabama does not play for the title then that is fine too.  Had we won the first time this would not be a debate.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:28 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Not a big SEC fan but LSU clearly deserves to be number 1. Unlike most teams in the SEC they actually went on the road twice in nonconference and had pretty convincing victories over Oregon and West Virginia. I don't know how anybody can say Alabama is not the best 1 loss team. They are the only team that LSU has had any trouble with at all. If they had a decent field goal kicker they would have probably defeated them. I personally would love to see the undefeated underdog Houston Cougars get a chance but you really can't argue against Alabama this year.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:27 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I can't "imagine" a SEC defense?  Hahahahahahaha.  Right.  Alabama was getting owned by Penn St early and Penn St doesn't have a decent QB else they would have putting up TOUCHDOWNS on Bama.  I give credit to LSU though for actually playing SOME good teams outside the SEC.  They put up a lot of points agaist a poor Oregon D.  I think that's a bad matchup for Oregon.  You need to beat LSU with a more traditional offense.  You need to be able to run the ball and eat the clock.  The uber-speed thing works against them if they're stopped a few times in a row.  Bama's offense is one dimensional.  If you stop their run, they can't do anything.  See the LSU game.  I think ANY team with a stiff run D can beat Bama.  They're nothing special.  Certainly not a #2 team and certainly not a championship game contender.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:27 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

If Georgia were to beat LSU, why would anyone rank LSU over Georgia? Oklahoma State lost to a bad team. Stanford was blown out at home by a team LSU already beat. Oregon lost multiple games. I remember when Alabama was a huge favorite over Utah a couple of years ago. How did that game turn out? If I am an LSU fan, I would want to play Houston or Boise to prove it to the doubters.



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:23 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

The fact that you thought the LSU-BAMA game was garbage tells me a lot about the conference your team is in. All offense, all the time. If you appreciate fine defensive play, you don't find a 9-6 game like that one boring. I don't want to see LSU blows away Team from Conference Whatever for the championship, because that's exactly what would happen. Look, I'm not hating on other conferences. There's some great conferences outside of the SEC. But this year, all the top teams outside of Bama and LSU are highly flawed or one dimensional. It's just one of those years.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:21 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Alabama didnt play anyone..haha..every conference has bad teams..does yours? Alabama beat every team they played except lsu and would have beat them if they didnt have all those bullcrap penalties and bad calls.. Put alabama angainst anyone..anyone..and i promise u that d will shut them down..



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:19 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

QBs in the SEC are as good or better than any other in any other conference, the difference is they have to actually play a REAL defense every week.  You see your team running up the score against creampuff defenses and think that's really how good they are.  You've been drinking too much kool-aid.  You have no idea what it is like to go up against an LSU or Alabama level defense.  You can't imagine it.


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