Cotton Bowl 2011: 6 Key Reasons Why LSU Must Win This Game

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Cotton Bowl 2011: 6 Key Reasons Why LSU Must Win This Game
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At the beginning of the 2010 football season, LSU was disrespected and low-rated by SEC media experts after the Birmingham SEC media conference.

As a result, LSU took a blow to their pride and were predicted to finish as only the fourth best team in the SEC West.

As the season unfolded, the Tigers exhibited a rather underachieving offense with basically no passing offense, but they just kept finding ways to win with great defense and special teams play.

LSU and coach Les Miles were called plain lucky by most pundits because of their good fortune in the Tennessee and Florida games, and most felt that LSU was not worthy and would fall anytime.

However, in their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide, Coach Miles did his finest coaching job, and the LSU Tigers performed both offensively and defensively like they have no other time this season. The Tigers earned that victory by outplaying and out-coaching Alabama.

As a result of this victory, LSU and coach Les Miles and the game turned the heads of the media, and everyone gained new respect for Miles.

With a BCS game on the line against the University of Arkansas and their great quarterback Ryan Mallett, the Tigers showed a chink in their armor in the second half, and they allowed the Razorbacks to run out the clock for the victory.

Jordan Jefferson and the LSU passing offense returned to their old struggling and ineffective ways, and we all watched as the LSU Tigers' hopes of a BCS bowl in the Sugar Bowl went down the drain.

The following are six reasons why I think the LSU Tigers must win the 2011 Cotton Bowl against the Texas A&M Aggies on January 7, 2011.

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