In a few days, Tigers fans will either have a much happier beginning to 2008 or will be wondering what other lucky breaks LSU will need to win a national championship during Les Miles' tenure. The Tigers are the first two-loss team to play for a BCS title and had what many thought was an impossible amount of football fortune come their way on the last day of the regular season.

Effort and fortune seemed to go hand-in-hand for LSU on more than one occasion in 2007, and there were times when effort simply couldn't overcome deficiencies. Through it all, the Virtual Tigers were there, serving as an early indicator as to what was in store for their on-the-field counterparts. Sometimes it seemed as though the computer had its own time machine and was giving nothing more than a recap of LSU's games. At times, the computer appeared to be broken.

Here is a brief rundown of what took place when the numbers were run through the computer, compared to how things played out on the field.

at Mississippi State – Virtual: LSU 38-0; Actual: LSU 45-0

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: LSU's offense would struggle in the rain and the defense would lead the way.

WHAT HAPPENED: The computer was right, even about the rain.

Difference in LSU's score: -7 Difference in MSU's score: 0

Virginia Tech – Virtual: LSU 28-7; Actual: LSU 48-7

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTECD: A ridiculous, one-sided rout of one of the ACC's projected title contenders.

WHAT HAPPENED: The computer gave the Hokies too much credit and shorted the Tigers 20 points.

Difference in LSU's score: -20 Difference in VA Tech's score: 0

Middle Tennessee State – Virtual: LSU 33-14; Actual: LSU 44-0

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: LSU's offense struggled, but the defense and special teams stepped up to help with two pick-sixes and a kickoff return for a touchdown.

WHAT HAPPENED: Ryan Perrilloux got his first career start and LSU continued to roll.

Difference in LSU's score: -11 Difference in MTSU's score: +14

South Carolina – Virtual: LSU 17-7; Actual: LSU 28-16

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: Defense would rule the day and South Carolina would have problems running the ball.

WHAT HAPPENED: South Carolina was held to 17 yards rushing and the Tigers used a very slick fake field goal to gain some separation.

Difference in LSU's score: -11 Difference in USC's score: -9

at Tulane – Virtual: LSU 38-7; Actual: LSU 34-9

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: Matt Flynn would have a banner day, even without Early Doucet and be up big early.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Tigers needed a few miracles just to be up, 10-9, at halftime before pulling away.

Difference in LSU's score: +4 Difference in Tulane's score: -2

Florida – Virtual: LSU 10-7; Actual: LSU 28-24

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: Neither offense would score. Tebow would be sacked nine times and throw four INTs.

WHAT HAPPENED: LSU overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and converted on five of five fourth down conversions. Tebow threw a costly INT in the fourth quarter.

Difference in LSU's score: -18 Difference in Florida's score: -17

at Kentucky – Virtual: LSU 24-17; Actual: KY 43-37 (3OT)

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: LSU's defense pulled it out with a sack, fumble, and scoop-and-score in the final minute.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Tigers were flagged for 12 penalties and 103 yards. Charles Scott rushed for 91 yards in the first half but wasn't part of the game plan in the third and fourth quarters.

Difference in LSU's score: -13 Difference in UK's score: -26

Auburn – Virtual: LSU 30-21; Actual: LSU 30-24

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: The Tigers had a 21-14 lead at halftime thanks to the defense, and added a field goal in the waning seconds to extend their lead.

WHAT HAPPENED: Matt Flynn snapped the ball later than anyone wanted him to, but Demetrius Byrd made the most dramatic of catches in the end zone to win the game.

Difference in LSU's score: 0 Difference in AU's score: -3

at Alabama – Virtual: LSU 44-41 (3OT); Actual: LSU 41-34

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: Down 28-21, the defense forced a turnover and LSU forced overtime. In the third overtime, the Tigers held the Tide to a field goal.

WHAT HAPPENED: After blowing a 17-3 lead, the Tigers converted a fourth down into a touchdown and forced a fumble to set up a game-winning touchdown.

Difference in LSU's score: +3 Difference in UA's score: +7

Louisiana Tech – Virtual: LSU 31-17; Actual: LSU 58-10

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: The Bulldogs were able to keep things much closer than the score indicated.

WHAT HAPPENED: It wasn't even as close as the score indicated.

Difference in LSU's score: -27 Difference in LA Tech's score: +7

at Ole Miss – Virtual: LSU 24-21; Actual: LSU 41-24

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: Ole Miss tied the game with just over a minute remaining, but the Tigers were able to drive the length of the field and kick a game-winning field goal.

WHAT HAPPENED: Brent Schaeffer caused problems for LSU's defense as a running quarterback, but not enough problems.

Difference in LSU's score: -17 Difference in UM's score: -3

Arkansas – Virtual: LSU 41-14; Actual; Ark 50-48 (3OT)

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: LSU held Darren McFadden in check with only 59 yards on 22 carries and scored at will.

WHAT HAPPENED: Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, and Peyton Hillis spurred the Hogs to 385 yards rushing. LSU squandered first-half opportunities to score touchdowns and settled for field goals at the start.

Difference in LSU's score: -7 Difference in Ark's score: -36

SEC Championship – Virtual: LSU 28-7; Actual: LSU 21-14

WHAT THE COMPUTER PREDICTED: A fast start for the Tigers led to victory.

WHAT HAPPENED: LSU's defense came up big with two interceptions in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six, to defeat the Vols.

Difference in LSU's score: +7 Difference in UT's score: -7



VIRTUAL NEW ORLEANS, La. – The "O" on the home field of the Buckeyes stands for "Ohio." It has been suggested it also stands for their 0-8 mark against SEC schools in bowl games. Make it 0-9 now, and the "O" can also double for Virtual Ohio State's score against Virtual LSU in a 26-0 loss that earned the Virtual Tigers a win in the BCS National Championship Game.

Things began badly for Ohio State with an interception on the first play from scrimmage, followed by three punts on successive possessions to round out the first half.

Meanwhile, the Tigers managed 10 points in the same timeframe and delivered a deflating, decisive blow with their first drive of the third quarter.

Beginning on its own 25 yard line, LSU engineered a 12-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a 24-yard Colt David field goal. Even though the yield was just three points, the Tigers took up all but 50 seconds of the third quarter with the possession. Ohio State's first drive of the second half lasted just as long as its first possession of the night and ended in the same fashion – one play and an interception.

"I can tell you this;" Virtual LSU coach Les Miles said, "We were a hungry, tenacious ball team today. It felt good to play a complete game and to beat those guys for a national championship. I love this team…Great group of guys."

LSU added another field goal following the Buckeyes turnover, intercepted Ohio State on its ensuing offensive possession, and needed just three plays to increase its lead when Matt Flynn hit Richard Dickson on a three-yard pass to make it 23-0 in the Tigers favor with 1:58 to go in the game.


Flynn would end up completing 19-of-25 passes for 167 yards with two touchdowns and an interception to his credit and added 40 yards rushing on five carries. All total, the Tigers starter found seven different targets to throw to throughout the course of the night. Brandon LaFell hauled in six receptions for 40 yards and a score; Dickson had four catches for 33 yards and a score; Early Doucet caught three passes for 33 yards and a score; and Jacob Hester caught three passes for 10 yards. Perhaps the brightest spot for LSU, however, was David, who nailed all four of his field goal attempts.

"That game was a whole lot of fast breaks," Virtual Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. "Unfortunately, we didn't run any of them."

Ohio State's Todd Boeckman's passing performance was marred by three interceptions, and the Buckeyes tried their darndest to let the ground game run things with Chris Wells getting 17 carries for just 38 yards. Brian Robiskie's lone catch for eight yards led Ohio State's receiving corps.

LSU got its scoring started with a six-play, 37-yard drive that was capped when Flynn hit LaFell on a three-yard pass for a touchdown. After hiccups with an interception and a punt, the Tigers took over on their own 11 yard line with 1:02 to go in the second quarter and embarked on a seven-play, 70-yard drive that ate a minute off of the clock and ended with David nailing a 36-yard field goal with just two seconds before the break.

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