BCS Rankings: Is LSU Already a Lock for a BCS Title Game Berth?

Jayson LoveCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  Quarterback Jarrett Lee #12 of the LSU Tigers in action during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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If you listen to the media, it seems LSU has only its clash with Alabama to survive in order to waltz to the national championship game.

The fact is, that is just one test for this LSU team to pass in order to find itself in the championship.

Should they win in two weeks, LSU would of course be in the driver's seat to the national championship in the Louisiana Superdome.

If they beat Alabama, they still have to make a trip to Ole Miss, which is never easy, and they have to play a game against Arkansas at home.

Should they win those games (along with a major clash against Western Kentucky), they will still need to win the SEC title game.

They will most likely face either Georgia or South Carolina—neither game will be easy.

LSU is certainly the favorite to win the SEC and end up undefeated and in the national title game, but they still have about four steps before you can call this team a lock to make the title game.

History is certainly on LSU's side, as their previous two national championships in the 21st century came at the Super Dome.

They are very close to a lock to make the game this season, but there at this point, are just too many hurdles left to call this team a lock.

Should they get past Alabama in two weeks, LSU would be in great shape to make the title game. But again, dates with Ole Miss, Arkansas, and most likely Georgia, are never easy games—and one loss could be just enough to keep LSU from the title game.

LSU will be favored in every game they play the rest of the year, but to call them a lock is premature.