LSU vs. Arkansas: What Win over Razorbacks Means for Tigers

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 23, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 23:  Head Coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers leads his team in the fight song after a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 20-13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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On Friday night, the No. 7 LSU Tigers took on Arkansas in what was the season finale for both SEC teams. 

In the end, the Tigers prevailed with a 20-13 win over the Razorbacks, and in doing so, put themselves in a good position to earn an invitation to a marquee BCS bowl.

At 10-2, LSU has established themselves as one of the nation's top teams, despite losses to both Alabama and Florida, which is an accomplishment in itself. 

Now, with the regular season complete, LSU will await the outcomes of a number of other games featuring Top 10 teams, in order to find out who they'll play in one of the country's most respected bowl games. 

Though LSU's season didn't quite go according to plan, the Tigers have nothing to hang their heads about, as they posted a number of impressive wins, such as victories over No. 3 South Carolina, No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 21 Mississippi State, and have more than earned their opportunity to end the season within the Top 5. 

Friday's win over Arkansas will go down as a rather pedestrian win on LSU's schedule, but it cemented the Tigers' status among the nation's elite, and guaranteed that they'll be getting a spot in a big-ticket bowl game, which isn't a bad consolation prize for a two-loss team. 

Looking ahead, whether the Tigers finish the season in the Top 5 will depend on how they fare against a fellow Top-10 team in whatever BCS bowl they partake in, but if they're able to reel off their fifth straight victory, Les Miles' boys will be ranked close to where they were during the preseason.