Saturday, November 26, 2011

LSU-Arkansas: Road Kill For The Mighty Tigers!

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Well it looks like there's no stopping the No. 1 LSU Tigers and their quest for the national championship. The Tigers annihilated the No. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks, 41-17, in what was supposed to be a "tough test" for them. Well, so much for tough test. Next up for the Tigers is a date with the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game. And even if the Tigers lose the SEC title game (highly unlikely!), chances are they will still play for the national title.

So who will clash with the Tigers for all the marbles?

From the looks of things, it's highly likely LSU will get their rematch with the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide for the national title. All Alabama needs to do is take care of the No. 24 Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl and they're "in like Flynn".

We got to this point because last week was a BCS nightmare as then-No. 2 Oklahoma State, then-No. 4 Oregon and then-No. 5 Oklahoma all sputtered their national title hopes. The Oregon loss to USC (38-35) was a heart-breaker for me as it was no secret I wanted the Ducks to play for the national title. But as the old adage says, "that's why we play the games".

Oklahoma State's inexplicable loss (37-31 2OT) to Iowa State was (by far) the biggest stunner of last week. The Cowboys were in the title game's driver's seat and somehow they found a way to screw it up. But the Cowboys, however, still have a SLIM shot at the title game if Alabama loses to Auburn. The BCS Standings were very generous to the Cowboys placing them at No. 4, ahead of No. 5 Virginia Tech and No. 6 Stanford. This gives OK State the upper hand in the event that Alabama (somehow) stumbles. They already know that No. 3 Arkansas became "road kill" for undisputed No. 1 LSU, so the Cowboys must win out and hope that Auburn can pull of a miracle.

In the end, however, the stars are aligned for Alabama to avenge their nail-biting, teeth-grinding, heartbreaking, 9-6 OT loss to LSU on November 5.

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And make no mistake about it, LSU and Alabama are the two best teams in the nation, so this time around the BCS will get it right.

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