It seems every season has one of those days where nothing seems to go according to plan.
Across the nation, it was the day of upsets. And, the day when the national championship picture got even clearer. When Saturday began (er… Thursday actually if you count the weekly Big East Game of the Century), there were at least nine teams with one loss or less that felt they had a legitimate shot at the national title game.
By the time Saturday's dust settled, four more elite teams joined LSU in the ranks of the coulda, woulda, shoulda, leaving each respective fan base waiting until next year.
The Cardinals, who were fresh off
an upset of previously No. 3 ranked
Instead, it is now the Scarlet
Knights who are demanding respect and building their case for a national title
game berth after rallying to beat
The Bulldogs' Tra'
Then there was
Finally, ESPN analyst Lou Holtz can
stop blabbering about the Golden Bears playing for the national title.
So what does all this mean to LSU?
Actually, not a lot in terms of the
national title race. The Tigers were eliminated from that debate when they lost
However, check out this week's poll. LSU has jumped up to No. 9 in the latest Coaches Poll and will likely climb into the top 10 of the BCS Standings.
The Tigers have little chance to
make it to the SEC Championship Game in
While it is likely the Razorbacks and Florida Gators (who have already clinched the SEC East) are going to play for the SEC title, LSU is still in terrific position to reach a BCS bowl game with an at-large berth.
By the time the Tigers get to
A victory in ‘The Rock' will raise
LSU's overall record to 10-2 and boost the Tigers to somewhere around No. 5 in
the top 10 poll, and no telling how high in the BCS. However, one would have to
think a win over
Once LSU reaches its third BCS bowl game in six years, the Tigers have a chance to finish out the year in the top five for the second straight season. That's pretty good for a team that was once dead and buried at 4-2 and looked to be going nowhere.
LSU fans still harp on the fact that the Tigers possess national championship talent, but no one could have expected any team to go on the road and run the table against what will turn out to be four top 10 opponents.
A top five finish, a BCS bowl game and an 11-2 record will be a superb accomplishment for this team and further solidify LSU's place as one of the top programs in all of college football.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag magazine. Reach him at email@example.com.