LSU highest-ranked 1-loss team in BCS

October, 14, 2012
10/14/12
9:11
PM ET


Powered by its best win of the season over South Carolina, LSU checked in at No. 6 in the first BCS rankings released Sunday night -- making it the highest-ranked of the nation's one-loss teams.

The Tigers (6-1), also ranked sixth in both polls released Sunday, got a bump with Saturday's 23-21 win over the Gamecocks in a game LSU statistically dominated.

Fueled by the nation's No. 2-ranked defense (219.6 yards per game), the Tigers are off to a 2-1 start in the SEC despite scoring just 41 points in the three games. But LSU's first five wins before South Carolina was against a light schedule.

LSU's first five wins came against opponents unranked by the BCS, with a combined 10-21 record. That included a lone SEC win over an Auburn team that's now 1-5.

The light schedule has changed in recent weeks. Last week, the Tigers lost to an unbeaten Florida team that's ranked No. 2 in the BCS. On Saturday, the Tigers beat a South Carolina team that checked in at No. 7 in the first BCS rankings.

The good news for the Tigers going forward is that they face a schedule heavy on highly ranked BCS opponents -- a road that is difficult but presents the LSU with a huge opportunity to climb higher in the BCS rankings. Its next three games:
  • At No. 18 Texas A&M
  • Home vs. No. 1 Alabama
  • Home vs. No. 12 Mississippi State.

Of the five teams ranked ahead of LSU, the Tigers control their destiny against two of them. The Nov. 3 game against Alabama in a rematch of last season's BCS national championship game is obviously huge. Florida cannot likely stay ahead of a one-loss LSU team in the rankings without winning the SEC East, meaning LSU could potentially get a rematch with the Gators in the SEC championship game.

That leaves three teams the Tigers are ranked behind that LSU has no control over: No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Kansas State and No. 5 Notre Dame. So long as two of those three teams lose, the Tigers' path back to the BCS title game is somewhat clear, although not easy.

Gary Laney | email

Reporter, GeauxTigerNation

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

Drive Through: Two Is Too Many
Both Alabama and LSU will play two quarterbacks in their opening games. Does the old saying "if you have two quarterbacks, you have none" ring true for these SEC powers?
VIDEO PLAYLIST video

SEC SCOREBOARD

Thursday, 8/28
Saturday, 8/30
Sunday, 8/31