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LSU cornerback Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu.
Sept. 3, 40-27 vs. No. 3 Oregon (neutral site)
Sept. 15, 19-6 at No. 25 Mississippi State
Sept. 24, 47-21 at No. 16 West Virginia
Oct. 8, 41-11 vs. No. 17 Florida
Strength of Schedule: A+
There's no question about it: The LSU Tigers are No. 1 in the country.
And by "no question," of course I mean many questions.
But there shouldn't be any. The Tigers have unquestionably the toughest schedule of any BCS-ranked team, with the early Oregon test, a journey out of conference at West Virginia and, of course, the pressures of an SEC schedule. However, the Tigers have shown, week in and week out, that their holes are few and far between.
Some thought the QB controversy would loom over the season like a curse. When senior QB Jordan Jefferson was suspended and other senior QB Jarrett Lee took over, fans wondered about his readiness, and he proved the haters wrong. Now Jefferson has been reinstated, and LSU head coach Les Miles has employed the two in a dual-QB attack reminiscent of their championship run in 2007 when they started two QBs over the course of the season.
The coming schedule has many tests, including two tough home battles against Auburn this coming week and Arkansas the day after Thanksgiving. However, this season gets its energy in anticipation of the epic clash against No. 2 Alabama, led by former LSU head coach Nick Saban.
With the history of these two coaches, Miles and Saban, the rivalry within the conference and the fact that the teams will probably be ranked No. 1 and No. 2, probably will constitute a national semifinal and probably will determine the eventual national champion, the pressure will most definitely be on both these teams. I'll give the early edge to LSU, as it's faced bigger game situations this year and has so few holes in its team from running the ball to stopping the run.
Even LSU's punter, Brad Wing, has swagger.
We'll let LSU and Alabama fight for it themselves. But here's your best bet: The winner of their Nov. 5 matchup probably has better odds than anyone to win it all.