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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: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:58 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Hawggrizz - Ark is a fraud.  Totally exposed today.  You barely beat a number of medicore teams this year.  You were crushed by the only two games you played this year.  Don't try to associate yourself with greta teams just because you play in the same conference.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:56 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I love it how everyone says the BCS sucks, but its only cause thier teams never have a shot. Just wake up and realize that in any format other than a strict AP beauty contest, anything that involves play on the field the SEC will win. Make it a playoff and we will win every single year. Hey all you overrated big ten, pac ten and big 12 schools - go back to a strict poll where your alums can just vote themselves a trophy thats the only way youll ever win again

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:55 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

@turtlebchbum..... Please stop posting until you take your meds and disable your Caps lock. Thanks!

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:49 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Ville4real - are you "for real"??  Bama had NO choice but to try the field goals when LSU's defense stopped them.  And most were at or over 50 yards.  Try again buddy!!  Your EXCUSE doesn't hold water.  And hear is a news flash for you, LSU is so far ahead of the rest they could lose the SEC game and still go to the Championship game.  And frankly, WHEN they beat Georgia, you can crown LSU National Champions right then.  They don't need no BCS game to determine that. 

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:49 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

To those who think that Houston should play LSU for the national championship,why would you want to see a 72-0 game?LSU has proven that they are the best team in college this year(if only by 3 points,in overtime).Wouldn't it make more sense to have the best  2 teams play for the trophy.LSU and Bama would be the best match-up and the most deserving based on their body of work.I say this being a humbled Arkansas fan.I know we can beat most teams out there,including Houston,Okie St.,Stanford,etc.But,we and the rest of college football only wish we had that kind of talent and depth.I'm not saying that we won't ever be in their league.Just not this year.Congrats,LSU and the SEC.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:41 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I have a question. If someone posts a really, well, idiotic comment, is it better to rate them one star or not rate them at all? Just curious.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:34 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I love the way the LSU team feeds off of each unit....when the defense makes a big play, the offense gets better. Special Teams makes a great play, the defense stiffens...and on and on. The team looked calm and collected even with a 14 point deficit. This is a great football team. And they are extemely well coached and prepared.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:28 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

Falcon - you poor simple minded person.  Can't you get it through your head?  This is not Bama's year - this is not the NHL where the championship is decided 4 out of 7.  Bama played one really tough team - LSU - and lost at home. PERIOD.  The fact that you play in the SEC is irrelevant.  75% of the SEC teams are aversge or worse, so time to get over yourself.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:27 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

I have no favoritsm between the two but I thought that Alabama controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball for most of the first meeting with LSU. A bad kicking performance doomed the Tide in that one. 

If Georgia competes with or beats LSU, I do not see how anyone could keep Boise out of the title game over Stanford, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, or Oregon.

 Houston would have an argument too.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:25 pm

LSU beats Arkansas; BCS picture clears -- a bit

LSUSMC - see - we can agree on something.  Full credit to LSU

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