Arkansas vs. LSU: What Must Happen for Razorbacks to Make National Championship

Colby LanhamCorrespondent INovember 25, 2011

LITTLE ROCK, AR - NOVEMBER 19:   Dennis Johnson #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks stiff arms Wade Bonner #7 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at War Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Bulldogs  44 to 17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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After the Alabama-LSU game, more commonly known as the Game of the Century, many pegged LSU as a sure lock for the BCS National Championship. But this coming week, that does not appear to be the case.

The Tigers must win one more time to not only clinch the SEC West and make it to the SEC Championship, but they must win to keep their spot should rival Arkansas jump them in the BCS standings.

Due to the phenomenal records of the three major powers of the SEC West Division (LSU, Arkansas and Alabama), they are in many ways in a tie for the lead, as all three have an opportunity to still clinch the division should certain things happen in favor for one of them.

This is especially true in the case of Arkansas, which is still not ruled out for a trip to the National Championship and could jump both LSU and Alabama.

To do this, Arkansas must first claim a victory over rival LSU, which will create a three-way tie. The tiebreaker to determine who will face Georgia will be revealed in the BCS standings the next evening.

The BCS rankings is based on a formula that involves one-third of the USA Today Coaches Poll and factors in two other polls released as well. This is of course considering that Alabama does win its matchup against Auburn.

But if the Hogs win and the Crimson Tide lose, then Arkansas gets the nod to the SEC Championship, and should they beat Georgia there, their path to New Orleans is set.

It's important to note that Arkansas needs Alabama to lose because even if the Hogs defeat LSU, the Tigers could still appear in the national title game.

Arkansas, despite the chaos in the SEC West, still has a shot, and you can bet many fans will be pulling for the Auburn Tigers to pull off one more upset this season like they had against the Gamecocks.