LSU football: College Football Playoff chances

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Oct 3, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; A view of the Big 12 logo on the field after the game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium. The Bears defeat the Red Raiders 63-35. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12

The committee does not believe that the Big 12 and its high-scoring offenses are for real, at least not yet.

With Baylor ranking No. 6 in back-to-back rankings and Oklahoma State only moving up to #8 after beating undefeated TCU, the lack of respect for the Big 12 can only help the likes of LSU.

The Big 12 is also heading into the backloaded part of the season where teams like Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and TCU will all play one another — and to the benefit of LSU — will most likely canibalize one another.

LSU needs each Big 12 heavyweight team to have at least one loss coming out of the meat grinder that is the end of the Big 12 schedule. If each of those teams have at least one loss heading into the final rankings, then LSU should rank ahead of all of those teams, as the Tigers would have the most impressive loss in comparison any teams from the Big 12.

That includes one-loss Oklahoma, who has been a popular pick amongst college football commentators to make a 2014 Ohio State-esque leap into the College Football Playoff discussion if they run the table.

This is highly unlikely, however. LSU’s one loss (Alabama) would be much more impressive than Oklahoma’s loss to Texas, or any of the other Big 12 schools for that matter.

But if Baylor or Oklahoma State come out of the season undefeated, then LSU’s College Football Playoff hopes would be in serious trouble.

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