LSU Football: Tigers' Brutal Second Half Stretch Will Ruin Their BCS Dreams

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 11, 2012

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is sacked by Florida LB Jon Bostic
LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is sacked by Florida LB Jon BosticSam Greenwood/Getty Images

The deconstruction of LSU's BCS Championship dreams kicked into overdrive last weekend in the Swamp when the Tigers fell 14-6 to the home-standing Florida Gators.

The score isn't indicative of how dominant the Gators were.

After Gator running back Mike Gillislee scored to give Florida a 7-6 lead with 5:15 to go in the third quarter, Florida didn't attempt a single pass play for the rest of the game.

Not one.

The Gators lined up, played grown man football with LSU, and won...handily.

That's not supposed to happen to LSU, and is a big reason why the Tigers are scrambling to keep their BCS hopes alive.

But it wasn't just LSU's defensive front seven that got exposed by the Gators. LSU's offensive line, which has been riddled by injuries and inconsistent over the last three games, was mediocre-at-best against the fast and physical Gators.

Chris Faulk is already lost for the season, Josh Williford is questionable after suffering a concussion vs. Florida and Alex Hurst is as well, after missing the early part of the week with what Les Miles calls "personal issues," according to

Offensive line issues are the last thing any team needs going up against South Carolina, which leads the SEC in sacks (25) and is third in tackles for loss (49).

A loss to the Gamecocks would essentially knock the Tigers out of an at-large BCS slot considering the power already demonstrated within the conference.

But it doesn't stop there.

Following the visit from the Gamecocks, the Tigers face a the potent Texas A&M pass rush led by Damontre Moore, who is leading the SEC in sacks with seven, 0.5 more than Jadaveon Clowney—who has played one more game than Moore.

The Tigers will take a bye week before hosting Alabama and Mississippi State, both of which can play physical football.

The first six games of LSU's season has taught us that LSU has major offensive line issues, and capable of being out-manned on the defensive side of the football as well.

That doesn't bode well for the future considering who LSU has left on its schedule, and will result in the Tigers missing out on a BCS bowl game this season.