BCS Rankings: Why LSU Is a Lock Even If It Loses One of Its Last Two

Tom PerryCorrespondent INovember 25, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 12:  Antonio Andrews #5 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers is tackled by Tyrann Mathieu #7 and Jarvis Landry #80 of the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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LSU hasn't had the luxury of taking too many weeks off this season.

The Tigers September schedule alone was as tough as many programs around the nation might play all season.

Still, LSU marched through Oregon, Northwestern State, Mississippi State and West Virginia. It was then that many college football fans took notice of Les Miles' team.

Sitting in Miles' press conference after the win in Morgantown, a reporter asked him if he thought LSU was the best team in the nation. He sidestepped the question, but you could see the smirk on his face. It told you everything you needed to know.

Miles knew he had something special at LSU.

And even if LSU would happen to lose to No. 3 Arkansas today or against No. 13 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game next week, the Tigers should play in the BCS National Championship Game.

Before you blow a gasket, think about it for a second.

The only potential undefeated team left would be Houston, and the Cougars will not crash the BCS championship party.

So who should the two teams be?

Well, one of them would have to be the Tigers. Just look at LSU's body of work in 2011, and there's not another program that come even close.

Losing to Georgia would not be a good loss, but it wouldn't be horrible. The Bulldogs have won nine straight and could make it 10 in a row with a win over No. 23 Georgia Tech on Saturday. It's clear the Bulldogs are much better than the young team that opened the season with losses to Boise State and South Carolina.

It's always tough to lose this late in the season and remain in the championship chase.

But top-ranked LSU has earned it. The Tigers have defeated five ranked teams and will at least have six if it beats either Arkansas or Georgia.

One loss to a quality opponent can't erase all of that success.

In the end, it won't matter, because the Tigers aren't going to lose anyway.