BCS Rankings Week 11: Why LSU Is Better Than TCU

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2010

BCS Rankings Week 11: Why LSU Is Better Than TCU

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers looks to throw the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Crims
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    The BCS rankings for this week are out, and for the first time this season, two SEC teams find themselves ranked in the top five.

    With the Alabama Crimson Tide out of the BCS National Championship running, the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers remain the only representatives from the Southeastern Conference with a shot at the title game.

    The LSU Tigers have emerged as the best one-loss team in college football, but could they be better than an undefeated team like TCU?

    Absolutely.

    The TCU Horned Frogs have rolled over all of their competition this season, but are they really the No. 3 team in the country?

    Are they really better than LSU?

10. Let's Address the Luck

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates with his team after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 24-21 at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen
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    For most of the season, LSU critics have been reluctant to give the Tigers the credit they deserve.

    If I hear "Les Miles got lucky again" one more time, I might scream.

    When a team starts its season 7-0 (4-0 in the SEC), "luck" has very little to do with it.

9. SEC vs. Mountain West

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 30:  UNLV Rebels mascot 'Hey Reb' dances in the stands during the team's 48-6 loss to the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at Sam Boyd Stadium October 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    I don't think anyone needs any convincing when it comes to comparing the SEC and the Mountain West.

    LSU plays in one of the strongest conferences in college football, and when you play with the best, you learn from the best.

    And you become the best.

8. Loss to Auburn

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers rushes upfield against the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    TCU may have a better record than LSU, but the Tigers' only loss came from the No. 2 team in the nation.

    The undefeated Auburn Tigers have been a dominant force in college football with Cam Newton at quarterback, and they have defeated three ranked opponents so far this season.

    Auburn held off LSU, but if TCU had to play a team of this caliber, they would most likely lose as well.

7. Ranked Opponents

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    PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Derrick Coleman #33 of the UCLA Bruins runs from Stephen Paea #54 of the Oregon State Beavers at the Rose Bowl on November 6, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    The TCU Horned Frogs have defeated four opponents that were ranked at some point this season:

    Oregon State

    Baylor

    Air Force

    Utah

    The LSU Tigers have defeated five:

    North Carolina

    Mississippi State

    West Virginia

    Florida

    Alabama

    Which list would you rather have on your schedule?

6. Utah

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    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 6: Brian Blechen #2 of the Utah Utes tackles Jimmy Young #88 of the TCU Horned Frogs during the second half of an NCAA Football game November 6, 2010 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. TCU Beat Utah 47-7.  (Photo
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    This past weekend, we were all excited for a showdown between two ranked non-BCS teams, and as College GameDay began its broadcast from the Utah campus, we thought that this game would determine which team would contend for a national title.

    But then the Horned Frogs rocked the Utes in an embarrassing 47-7 victory.

    Did this prove that TCU is one of the best teams in the country?

    Or did it prove that Utah just wasn't that good to begin with?

5. Alabama

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide throws a pass against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    But the Frogs weren't the only team to end somebody's national championship hopes this weekend.

    The LSU Tigers hosted the reigning national champs, the then-No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide, and they pulled off the upset.

    This was by far the Tigers' most impressive victory of the season, but can TCU really hang its hat on that win over Utah?

4. Let's Talk Defense

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tries to catch the ball near Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the
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    The TCU defense has been regarded as the best in college football, but the Frogs play teams like Wyoming and Tennessee Tech.

    No. 1 defense?

    It's pretty easy to keep your opponents to 8.5 points per game when you're up against No. 108 offense in the country.

    The best offense that the Frogs have come in contact with belonged to the Baylor Bears.

    The LSU Tigers are currently the No. 7 defense in college football, and they kept the No. 2 offense (Auburn) well under their average 42.2 points per game.

3. Let's Talk Offense

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers runs onto the field during pregame before playing the Alabama Crimson Tide  at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by
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    As far as offense goes, TCU is averaging 41.4 points per game, and LSU is averaging 25.3 points per game.

    It may seem like TCU has the better offense here, but not so fast!

    Top 3 Defenses TCU Has Faced: Utah (No. 14), Air Force (No. 49) and BYU (No. 61)

    Top 3 Defenses LSU Has Faced: West Virginia (No. 4), Alabama (No. 5) and Mississippi State (No. 9)

2. They Get Creative

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Josh Dworaczyk #68 and Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrate after scoring a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Ti
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    TCU hasn't exactly found itself in any real struggles all season.

    In fact, the Frogs' closest game was a 30-21 victory over Oregon State.

    The LSU Tigers have had to fight for almost every win all season, and that doesn't make them any less talented. You don't have to beat a team by 20-plus points to be a good football team.

    The Tigers have found a way to win every game, and they have one person to thank for their clutch victories...

1. Les Miles

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 16:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers watches his team warm up before playing the McNeese State Cowboys at Tiger Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty
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    Les Miles holds the record for the most wins in the first five years out of any head coach in LSU history.

    He led the Tigers to the SEC West title in his first season with LSU, and two years later, the team won a national title.

    Call him the "Mad Hatter."

    Call him "lucky."

    I call him a great coach.