LSU Football: Why Mississippi State Game Will Help Tigers' BCS Standing

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIINovember 6, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 20:  Michael Ford #42 of the LSU Tigers at Kyle Field on October 20, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers are undoubtedly the best two-loss team in the country, and a win against Mississippi State Saturday will do wonders for the Tigers in the BCS Standings.

Attention, LSU fans, this season is not over. It's not even close. Mississippi State is coming off back-to-back blowout losses to Alabama and Texas A&M, but the team is still ranked No. 21 in the latest BCS Standings.

And a win against the Bulldogs would be huge for the Tigers simply because of what's left to play for. Many are scratching their heads right about now in absolute confusion.

Hang tight. With two losses and Alabama inevitably becoming the SEC West champion, LSU is no longer in contention for an SEC title or BCS National Championship.

However, the Tigers are now playing for second place.

"Second place? If you're not first, you're last," LSU fans will plead.

Calm down, Ricky Bobby. The Tigers can still prove that they are the second best team in the nation. With LSU's only losses coming to the best team in the country (Alabama) and a great Florida team on the road, the Tigers can run the table and gain the second spot.

"Um, excuse me? You forgetting about us?," Notre Dame fans ask as they roll their eyes in accordance.

Ah, yes, who could forget about the Fighting Irish? And who could forget about Oregon and Kansas State, as well? All are great teams and they've proven that, but let's not assume all will be undefeated at the end of the season.

After all, Kansas State's favorite Autobot, "Optimus Klein," is banged up with an arm injury or a concussion (who the heck knows?) from the Oklahoma State game, and traveling to face a TCU team that just beat West Virginia arises some cause for concern.

Now on to everyone's favorite Catholic school. Notre Dame still has USC on the schedule, and though the Trojans have lost three games this season, fans shouldn't count them out.

After all, seven of Notre Dame's nine victories have been decided by seven points or fewer, with four of them coming by seven points or fewer.

As for Oregon, the Ducks will lose to Alabama in the championship game. The same can be said for Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

Why? Because Alabama is clearly the best team in the country. The Crimson Tide have blown out every opponent not named LSU on their schedule, and Alabama just passed the ultimate test of surviving in Death Valley.

So now then, on to the Tigers game against Mississippi State. The big question here is if Zach Mettenberger can continue to improve.

Just like everyone predicted, Mettenberger saved his best performance of his career for his toughest opponent to date.

He threw for 298 yards and a touchdown against a Crimson Tide defense that allows 228.9 total yards per game. Oh and LSU's 435 yards against Alabama bumped up that average.

It'll be interesting to see how Mettenberger performs against a strong Mississippi State secondary, and if this offense puts it on the Bulldogs defense like it did Alabama, this one could get ugly for those in maroon.

A convincing win and some help from Kansas State and Notre Dame's opponents could certainly allow this team to claim the No. 2 spot at the end of the season.

But once again, it all starts with Mississippi State this weekend.