Has the National Media Given up on the LSU Tigers?

Christopher WilliamsCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2008

Since the Florida Gators embarrassed LSU in the Swamp last week, the Tigers have been written off by everyone.

On ESPN’s Gameday this morning, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit both picked South Carolina to beat LSU, but I do not understand why all of a sudden the Tigers are being thrown under the bus.

Yes, LSU lost by 30 points to Florida, but was this any worse than USC getting beaten by Oregon State?

Although USC did not get beaten by 30 points, they did not get beaten by Florida either. Let’s look at a hypothetical situation.

What if LSU and USC both had one loss and it had to be decided on these two teams as to who will play Penn State in the National Championship. Who should go? Do you think USC’s loss to Oregon State was not as bad as LSU’s loss to Florida?

After all, Florida was ranked No. 11 at the time, while Oregon St was 1-2, with its only win coming from Hawaii, a team Florida beat.

There is nothing that can be said about the way the Tigers played against Florida, but I don’t understand why all of a sudden everyone is writing them off.

If they win the rest of their games, including the SEC Championship, will the Florida loss keep them out of the National Championship game? What if they beat Florida in the SEC Championship game?

I am sure this will help their credit, but the press the Tigers are receiving after last week makes me question the effect it will have on the voters.