For the second season in a row, the Tigers' national championship hopes have been dashed earlier than expected -- much earlier.
The Tigers are still in the Top 15 in nearly every poll, so all's not lost. Miles can still finish with another 10-win season, which is nothing to complain about.
|LSU's Current Standing|
|Record||AP||Coaches||Strength of Shedule||BCS|
|6-2 (3-2)||13||13 (tied)||6||13|
Biggest Obstacle to a BCS Berth
If LSU wins out, it could reach the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
The Tigers play Alabama in two weeks in Tuscaloosa in what has become the premiere matchup in college football. The game is the toughest left on the Crimson Tide's schedule and will be packed with national championship implications.
LSU welcomes Texas A&M to Baton Rouge following Alabama, but the Tigers will have a bye before playing Johnny Manziel.
But as has been the case under Miles, the Tigers, once out of the title hunt, have been their own biggest enemy, playing uninspired ball.
If any school needed it, LSU needed the four-team playoff to start this season. But for LSU to reach the BCS National Championship Game, it will need an unprecedented number of losses from teams ahead of it. That's not likely.
As far as reaching the Sugar Bowl, LSU is in good shape if it can win out. The Tigers need the winner of the SEC Championship Game to reach the BCS National Championship, which has been the case the past seven seasons.
|LSU's Remaining Schedule|
|Sat, Oct 26||Furman|
|Sat, Nov 09||Alabama|
|Sat, Nov 23||Texas A&M|
|Fri, Nov 29||Arkansas|
The Big Picture
LSU's remaining strength of schedule features the aforementioned games against Texas A&M and Alabama. Wins against both, or even one, exponentially increases the chance to play in a post-New Year's Day bowl.
LSU needs to win out, and have Alabama and Auburn have two conference losses at the end of the season, for the Tigers to have a chance to play in the SEC Championship.
Final Bowl Prediction
LSU will lose at least one more conference game and play in the Capital One Bowl.