LSU Football: Which Bowl Game Are the Tigers Headed to If They Lose to Arkansas?

Randy ChambersAnalyst INovember 15, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Members of the LSU Tigers celebrate with 'The Boot' trophy after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 33-30 in overtime at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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College football is getting closer to that time of year where the BCS Rankings and the standings are about to make fans go crazy. The LSU Tigers are undefeated and are the No.1 team in the country, but in a week or two, things could get very interesting.

Next Friday, the Tigers will host the very talented Arkansas Razorbacks. While most are already quick to pencil in the Tigers for the national championship, they should wait a few more weeks. It's a good thing that it's in pencil, because a LSU loss to Arkansas will turn the rankings upside down.

Let's say the Tigers lose to Arkansas. That would make a three-way tie in the SEC West division. By SEC rules, the highest-ranked team would win the division and head to the SEC Championship game to either take on Georgia or South Carolina.

Simple, right?

Well, if two of the three teams are ranked within five spots of one another, they enter a tie-breaker scenario and the lowest-ranked team is eliminated.

Which would mean that if it's Arkansas and Alabama that are the top two teams, the Crimson Tide would get the nod because they beat the Razorbacks earlier. If it's LSU and Arkansas, of course, the Razorbacks would go. And if it's Alabama and LSU, the Tigers would go to the SEC Championship.

Basically, the only way the Tigers could go to the SEC Championship with a loss is if they are ranked above the Razorbacks. Which would be shocking considering Arkansas would have just beaten them.

It's very possible that the voters would still like LSU over Arkansas based off their track record, and if that's the case, the Tigers would still reach the SEC Championship. With a victory in that game, they'll probably still be able to reach the national championship.

If it's Arkansas and LSU as the top two teams (which is the most unlikely), then the Tigers would probably get a Sugar Bowl berth. If the Tigers lose badly in the game against Arkansas, then they could fall out of a BCS bowl all together and have to settle for some lousy bowl game. 

There are a lot of scenarios and a lot of things that still have to play out before we can put teams in certain bowl games.

What's the best option for LSU?

Just keep winning so they don't have to worry about where they're going to end up.

Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or

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