What's next for LSU? 

November, 4, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- It was LSU's biggest recruiting day of the year.

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Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireAfter the loss to the Tide, LSU has a goal of reaching the best bowl game it can.
A cavalcade of prep stars were in Tiger Stadium, from the nation's top receiver, Ricky Seals-Jones, to Louisiana's top player, Kendell Beckwith. They witnessed LSU look like the national championship program they want to play for in a 21-17 loss to No. 1 Alabama where the Tigers dominated everything but the last drive and the final score.

And that's the tough part for LSU to swallow: The next time LSU contends for a championship will be after many of the prospects are wearing purple and gold. For this year, those hopes are dashed.

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