It is no shock to me to see the LSU Tigers sitting in the Top 10 in the Bowl Championship Series after their bye week and a loss to Auburn.
The Tigers have used a tough defense with probably the best trio of defensive players in all of college football with Drake Nevis, Kendall Sheppard and Patrick Peterson.
Yes, their offense is as useful as a rat-flavored lollipop but their defense and special teams have propelled them into the position they are sitting in right now, No. 10 in the BCS poll with a game against No. 6 in the BCS, Alabama, this Saturday.
So what is it going to take for the Tigers to find themselves playing for a third title since 2004?
A few different things could happen for them to earn another shot at the title, here is my breakdown:
Scenario No. 1: LSU Wins Out and Auburn Loses Final Two SEC Games
This one is pretty simple because the winner of the SEC West is either going to be LSU, Auburn or Alabama. If LSU wins out, then they would have beaten Alabama and knocked them out of the running.
If Auburn drops the two SEC games they have left, then LSU will win the SEC West and move on to the SEC Championship game to face either Florida or South Carolina.
By that point in time, LSU will most likely slide into the No. 2 spot in the polls because, let's face it, Boise State, Utah and TCU are good teams but they don't play strong schedules. I am sorry but they are not battle-tested like the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-10 teams are after a season of playing each other.
Scenario No. 2: LSU Wins Out, Auburn Wins Out but Loses in SEC Championship
This is the nightmare scenario for voters and fans of college football. How do you put a team that just loss in the SEC Championship game into the National Championship game?
You cannot! So why should LSU make it into the title game if they cannot even win the SEC?
That is easy. It is because LSU would have beaten five ranked teams, with their only loss coming from the Auburn Tigers, who were ranked fourth in the country when they loss to them.
If LSU beats Alabama this weekend, they will jump into the sixth spot in the BCS currently held by Alabama.
Boise State barely beat an overrated Virginia Tech team in the beginning of the season. They also beat an Oregon State team that will most likely finish the season with five losses. I cannot see the voters putting an undefeated Boise State team into the national title game, sorry Bronco fans but it just will not happen in this scenario.
As for Utah and TCU, well, they play each other this weekend so we will not have to worry about one of those teams in a week. If Utah wins, we might have an issue. If TCU wins, I still do not see them playing for a title.
Scenario No. 3: LSU Wins Out, Auburn Loses to Georgia and Oregon Loses Once
In this scenario, LSU would be ranked higher than both of those teams at this point of the season because they would have beaten a highly ranked Alabama team and finished the season beating a ranked Arkansas team on the road.
Can two teams from the same division possibly play for the National Title?
No! Auburn already beat LSU and a rematch would not happen. It is almost impossible to see these two play each other again. Although, SEC fans that watched the first game might want to see round two of this battle. Sure, Cam Newton ripped LSU for 5,000 rushing yards but he only put up 24 points.
But let us get back to Scenario No. 3. If this were to occur, the voters would be forced to determine if Boise State and the winner of this weekend's game between Utah and TCU are worthy of a national championship. Does anyone think those two teams should play for a title?
This was fun to write and even more fun to think about but the bottom line is that LSU must win out. They are no longer in control of their destiny after losing to Auburn but they can help their argument for a national title game with four more wins.
I do not think the voters will allow two non-BCS conference teams play for the BCS title come January. We got to see the game last year against Boise State and TCU, it was a great game, but did we figure out if either was good enough to roll with the big dogs? Nope.
Les Miles needs to find that lucky horseshoe he owns, wrap it with four-leaf clovers, attach a rabbit's foot to it, sprinkle some holy water on it, melt a penny he found, face up and throw in a rainbow too, all while tossing some salt over his right shoulder, if he wants any of these scenarios to occur. But it is always fun to dream, right?