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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: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:16 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

you know why you think most teams in sec is poor..Try playing some their defence and see what your team can do..whats a good offense going to do against an elite defence ..nothing



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:16 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Bama has virtually the weakest out-of-conference schedule in the country.  The only ranked team outside the SEC is a Penn St. team that has no business being ranked.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:14 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

There's not a SINGLE elite QB in the entire SEC.  The offense is POOR virtually across the board.  Teams either rely on D, or the few teams with an actual offense have ZERO D to speak of.  Every single team is EXTREMELY flawed in the SEC.  It's not hating.  It's the truth.  The SEC is overrated.  Period.  End of story.  I wish we had a playoff system to finally put this SEC bias to rest.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:13 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

you think alabama played one tough team..and im a moron..alabama played good teams all year..maybe 2 were no challenge..The sec is dominant and our cellar dweelers will beat most other conferences butt..believe that



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:11 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

The SEC is the most overrrated conference in college football history.  There's NO WAY there should be a rematch.  Zero.  None.  No one wants to see another absolute GARBAGE game like the previous LSU-Bama game.  It was awful.  There are PLENTY of deserving teams out there.  Why would the championship game have 2 teams from the same conference?  Bias.  Plain and simple.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:09 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

im just stating facts..Name one team other than lsu that can stay with bamas d..bama could beat osu with just running..the sec might have some bad teams but most of our bad teams will whip most of your ideal teams..like osu..dont hate appreciate..



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:07 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

To all you 'Bama and/or SEC haters, I have only one thing to say...In your reasoning NEVER can the best two teams in a sport come from the same conference??? NEVER the the NFL??? NEVER in MLB??? NEVER in the NHL??? Let alone college football??? The correct answer is YES they can!!! This year, BY FAR, the best two teams in college football are the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide...PERIOD, haters!!! 



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:06 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

75% of the SEC teams are aversge or worse, so time to get over yourself.
Yeah, 7 teams bowl bound. Let's settle this on the field, we'll see what percentage of them gets won by the SEC.

It'll probably be more than any other conference, like it usually is, 8 or 9 years out of 10.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:02 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Littlejimmy has a slightly inflated ego.




Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:02 pm
 

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

If Georgia competes with or beats LSU
If pigs had wings, we'd be able to eat buffalo chops!

Boy, are you dreaming.

Here's a little thought: Was TCU ranked?

Were either of the following  teams ranked when they beat two still x-and-1 teams on your list:
Oregon, Clemson?

Ok State, yeah, you're right. Boise has almost a valid claim based solely on their loss and to whom. TCU was, however, completely unranked when BSU lost to them, suggesting that BSU's high ranking was based on the eternal tendency of BSU to have an undefeated season thanks to not playing anybody in the course of the season.

When you only have to get up for 1-2 games, one of which is the Bowl game, it's a lot easier than when you have to get up for 75% of them or lose. This year, they didn't even manage that, since they would have had to have gotten up for 2-3 games, and that was asking for too much of a generally vastly over-rated, year-after-year, team.


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