The LSU Tigers trail the Florida Gators in the BCS standings by a narrow margin with three games to play before the end of the college football season.
A close loss to the Gators on Oct. 6 is all that’s separating the two at this point.
Down the stretch, LSU will face No. 21 Mississippi State this week, Ole Miss next week and Arkansas to finish off the season.
Who do the Gators have?
They’ve got back-to-back cupcake matchups against Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State before they end the season in Tallahassee against in-state rival Florida State (No. 10).
Strength of schedule seemingly is in favor of the Tigers but will that alone be enough for the Tigers to pass their SEC rivals in the BCS standings?
No, it likely won’t because the Gators will keep getting the edge in the Harris and USA Today polls. Florida is currently No. 7 in both while the Tigers are No. 8 in the Harris and have fallen to No. 9 in the USA Today version.
That leaves one option for the Tigers: Destroy the remaining competition with extreme prejudice.
This week’s matchup against Mississippi State will be the beginning of impressive late-season domination by the Tigers.
The Bulldogs have survived off playing some pretty lousy competition this year. The last two weeks, consecutive blowout losses to Alabama and Texas A&M, have been a telling sign that they just aren’t worthy of the No. 21 ranking next to their name.
That’s good for the Tigers, because blowing out a Top-25 team will do nothing but help their BCS score at the end of the regular season.
There are only two BCS bowl spots available per conference and Florida and Alabama are locked into them if the season were to end today.
What’s it gonna be LSU?
I think they’ll step up and blow away the competition instead of missing out on the BCS and going bowling with the rest of the nation.
The Tigers came on strong and nearly upset the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide a week ago. The charge was led by Zach Mettenberger’s near 300-yard performance. A late touchdown by the Tide spoiled what could have been the Tigers’ ticket to the BCS.
They're going to be angry and undoubtedly in the right mindset to take it to the Bulldogs.
Let us know in the comments section below. Who’s it going to be in a BCS bowl: Florida or LSU?
Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report.
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