There was nothing pretty about Saturday’s game at Ole Miss where Les Miles admitted he didn’t have his team ready to play as the Tigers dropped their second game of the season and virtually ended their hopes of a BCS Championship after the BCS standings were released.
Sunday’s releasing of the AP Top 25 was proof that every week counts in college football and if you aren’t prepared for your opponent’s best shot, then you’re vulnerable, especially on the road to an SEC opponent who nearly beat you at your home stadium a year earlier.
Not only did LSU tumble seven spots in the polls, but their projected bowl destination went from a potential BCS berth and a big payday for the university to a less than prestigious bowl, albeit still on New Year’s Day.
Sunday evening was supposed to be an exciting night waiting in anticipation of the initial BCS Standings with LSU in line for a spot in the top five provided they got past the upstart Rebels. As we all know all too well, when you start looking ahead, you start looking for trouble and LSU lost their chance of being in the top 10 with a second loss.
LSU came in at No. 13 as two from the SEC came inside the top five, but did the BCS get the top two spots right?
The Tigers may still find themselves in the BCS mix, but there is considerable work to be done on both sides of the ball to have that become more than a dream. The defense is still working through growing pains and Zach Mettenberger has come back down to Earth after his hot start.
The best way to get over a loss is with a big win and with the Furman Paladins coming to Tiger Stadium on Saturday for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff I’m not sure this massive point spread is big enough, because LSU should lay put a hurting on the team from the Southern conference/
The game will air on Tigervision, ESPN Game Plan and can be heard on WDGL-FM/Eagle 98.1 in Baton Rouge, LA.