Breaking Down LSU's Spot in the BCS Rankings

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers runs for a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the fourth quarter at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After grinding out an ugly 23-21 win over previously unbeaten South Carolina, the LSU Tigers found themselves right back on top of the national rankings.

Les Miles' team also found themselves near the top of the National BCS Rankings, which were released for the first time this weekend.

The BCS rankings have LSU at the No. 6 spot in the nation.

LSU's BCS points average sits at .7522, which is far ahead of the seventh-ranked Gamecocks, but far behind No. 5 Notre Dame.

When breaking down the Tigers' BCS ranking, the most noticeable fact about their ranking is that they are the top-ranked team with one loss. LSU is the third-highest ranked team in the SEC, next to Alabama and Florida, which are ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively. They are also the last two teams that have beaten LSU, and the only teams to beat them since the 2010 season. 

This seems like a fair ranking for the Tigers, given their body of work this season.

LSU has three quality wins against Washington, Auburn and South Carolina. The team's only loss this season came against Florida, which as mentioned earlier, is now the No. 2 ranked team in the country.

LSU has one of the toughest schedules in the country, and more wins over quality teams will only help to boost that BCS ranking.

Les Miles has a goal to make it back to the National Championship game, and after that loss to Florida last week, many believed that goal took a major hit.

The bottom line is that the Tigers just have to keep taking care of business and control what they can. If they do that and are able to run the table from here on out, it would be shocking not to see this team on top of the BCS standings at the end of the regular season.

The goal of playing in the National Championship would look a whole lot more realistic at that point.