BCS Standings 2011: Breaking Down the LSU Tigers
The first BCS standings of the college football season have been released, and as many had anticipated, the LSU Tigers are indeed on top.
The Tigers narrowly edged both Alabama and Oklahoma for that No. 1 spot in the polls.
Les Miles' team has been beyond impressive thus far and have managed to maintain the top rating after a number of dominant victories over some of the top teams in college football.
Now that the BCS standings have been announced, let's break this down and look at what LSU has ahead in its quest to win another BCS National Championship.
How They Got There
It would be hard to find another team in American who has played as challenging a schedule as LSU has through the first seven weeks of the college football season.
The Tigers opened the year with an impressive 40-27 win over then No. 3-ranked Oregon, and followed that up with dominant victories over Mississippi State and West Virginia.
The wins have just kept on coming, as LSU toppled SEC foes Florida and Tennessee by a combined score of 79-18 over the past two weeks.
Right now, there isn't a better team in the country, and the wins and strength of schedule are more than enough to back that up.
There is quite a list to choose from here, but when it comes down to it, LSU opened the season against the No. 3-ranked Oregon Ducks, and the Tigers went into Cowboys Stadium and dominated Chip Kelly's team in Week 1.
LSU also has impressive wins over Mississippi State, West Virginia and Tennessee, which results in what has arguably been the most challenging schedule of any team in the country to date.
But in order to be the best, you have to beat the best, and that is exactly what Les Miles' team has done up to this point.
Oregon has been on fire since that Week 1 game between these two teams, which makes that win look even more impressive for LSU going forward.
Oregon is fast, they are explosive, and they can play with the best of them. Don't be surprised if Oregon finishes the regular season with just one loss to its name, which came against this LSU Tigers team.
The first initial BCS rankings have surfaced, and Les Miles' LSU team stands at the top at No. 1.
Not only have the Tigers won all seven of their games, but they have won each and every one of them in dominant fashion.
Heading into Week 8, LSU has outscored its opponents by a score of 269-82. Yes, that's right, you read that correctly.
The Tigers have played the top schedule in the nation up to this point and are well deserving of this No. 1 spot. But, of course, college football fans across the country will have their eyes on that Nov. 5 matchup against Alabama, which should determine the SEC champion and punch at least one ticket to the National Title Game.
When LSU coach Les Miles was asked about the Tigers' No. 1 BCS ranking, he replied, "It's a great compliment to our team, to the body of work, but at this point in time were just holding a spot.
"We recognize that what we've accomplished up to this point is just not enough."
Sounds like the coach of a team who knows there is a lot of work to still be done.
LSU Football Remaining Schedule:
Sat. Oct. 22 vs. Auburn
Sat. Nov. 5 @ Alabama
Sat. Nov. 12 vs. Western Kentucky
Sat. Nov. 19 @ Ole Miss
Sat. Nov. 25 vs. Arkansas
As tough as LSU's schedule has been thus far, it certainly doesn't get any easier going into the second half of the college football season.
The Tigers face three ranked teams in their final five games. And while that Auburn and Arkansas game should be a challenge for this team, all of American has their eyes on the game of the year coming on Nov. 5, when LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.
The winner of that game should punch their automatic ticket to the BCS Championship game.
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LSU vs. Oklahoma
It has to be assumed that the winner of that Nov. 5 matchup between LSU and Alabama will punch a ticket to the BCS National Championship Game.
With the way that LSU has been playing up to this point, it's hard to go against Les' Miles team.
That game against LSU will be a matchup of the two top defenses in the country, but the X-Factor here has to be LSU's ability to put up big points on the offensive end by establishing both the run and the pass.
Alabama has a great defense and a great running game, but their offense has yet to really be tested by a dominant defense, which LSU certainly has.
Playing in the National Title game against Oklahoma would match a great defense against a great offense.
Look for Les Miles' team to make another run at a BCS National Championship.