LSU Tigers: BCS

Big 3: Miles praises resurgent offense

November, 14, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Improvement in the offense and bowl games were both big topics when LSU coach Les Miles spoke with the media Wednesday in the SEC's weekly teleconference. The Tigers (8-2), ranked No. 7 in the BCS, play their last home game Saturday against Ole Miss (5-5).

1. Offense has arrived: Asked about his teams improved offense in the last two games, Miles praised his offense.

"This is us," he said. "We're going to line up and make teams defend the run and the pass on the same down and distance."

The Tigers have improved drastically since the bye week, especially quarterback Zach Mettenberger and the passing game. The Tigers have thrown for 571 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in their last two games, against Alabama and Mississippi State. LSU has averaged 413.5 yards in those two games, despite playing against an Alabama defense that was ranked No. 1 in the country.

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Tigers at No. 5 in BCS standings

October, 28, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU remained the top-ranked one-loss team in college football as the Tigers checked in at No. 5 in the BCS rankings released Sunday night.

LSU (7-1), which was idle over the weekend, moved up one spot from No. 6 after No. 2 Florida lost to Georgia Saturday, sending the Gators tumbling to No. 7 in the rankings. The Tigers have a chance to continue their ascent this week when they host No. 1 Alabama (8-0).

The Bulldogs rose four spots to No. 6 after their upset victory, perhaps an indication of how much LSU could move up with a win this week -- if undefeated teams other than Alabama lose or play poorly.

The Tigers' path to a national championship game got a bit murkier this week after two of the unbeatens ranked ahead of them, No. 2 Kansas State and No. 3 Notre Dame, both got past tough hurdles. Kansas State beat No. 18 Texas Tech while Notre Dame beat No. 12 Oklahoma on the road.

LSU's resume remains strong thanks to:
  • An Oct. 20 win over No. 16 Texas A&M;
  • An Oct. 13 win over No. 8 South Carolina;
  • A lone loss Oct. 6 against now No. 7 Florida.

The Tigers will also have chances on their remaining schedule to make an impression that could impact their BCS title game chances, with at least two games against BCS top 25 teams:
  • Saturday against No. 1 Alabama
  • Nov. 10 against No. 15 Mississippi State, which dropped four spots after losing to Bama.
  • Given wins in their remaining games, an SEC championship game appearance, likely against either Georgia or Florida.

LSU also has regular-season games at home against Ole Miss and at Arkansas.

LSU was a preseason No. 1 before coach Les Miles dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from the team in August camp.

The Tigers were ranked No. 6 after the 14-6 loss at Florida.

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LSU remains No. 6 in BCS standings

October, 21, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- By going on the road and beating a top 25 team Saturday, LSU simply stood its ground.

With all the teams ranked ahead of it also winning, LSU remained No. 6 in the BCS rankings released Sunday night. The 7-1 Tigers beat then-No. 18 Texas A&M 24-19 Saturday at College Station, Texas, giving the Tigers' resume a needed quality win.

But with No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Kansas State, No. 4 Oregon, and No. 5 Notre Dame also all winning, the Tigers could not parlay the win into a higher ranking. The Tigers, ranked No. 6 in both major polls, will have their chance to move up when they host Alabama and No. 11 Mississippi State on back-to-back weeks after their bye this week.

LSU's resume includes three games against ranked opponents, all in the last three weeks:
  • A win at No. 20 Texas A&M (Saturday)
  • A win vs. No. 13 South Carolina (Oct. 13)
  • A loss at No. 2 Florida (Oct. 6)

LSU's upcoming schedule includes several chances to knock off top teams:
  • No. 1 Alabama in Baton Rouge (Nov. 3)
  • No. 11 Mississippi State in Baton Rouge (Nov. 10)
  • An SEC East opponent -- possibly No. 2 Florida or No. 10 Georgia -- in the SEC championship game (Dec. 1).

LSU also has conference games against Ole Miss at Tiger Stadium and at Arkansas.

The Tigers were preseason No. 1 in the USA Today poll, but dropped after Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off the team, and dropped to No. 6 when it lost at Florida, 14-6. The Tigers remain the highest-ranked one-loss team and is the only team out of the top nine that could possibly play both of the top two teams by season's end.


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