Preseason controversy and quarterback drama is clearly the recipe to become the nation's No. 1 team.
Les Miles has done an incredible job in 2011 and has led his Louisiana State University Tigers to a 7-0 record and 4-0 in the SEC.
The Tigers have been stellar on defense all season long and their passing game while inept at times, has been extremely accurate, elusive and effective.
Can they stand the test of time?
The No. 1 Tigers will have the toughest tests of their season in the next two weeks with back to back games against rivals Auburn and No. 2 Alabama.
If they win both those game, and that is a large if, the Tigers have a great chance at finishing the season 12-0.
Let's take a look at five key players who will determine whether LSU can ride this undefeated season to the BCS National Championship game.