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LSU Bowl Projection: Where are the Tigers going after beating Arkansas?

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers slips a tackle against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Ian BergCorrespondent INovember 26, 2011

The 12-0 (8-0 SEC) No. 1 LSU Tigers went into today’s game against the 10-2 (6-2 SEC) No. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks with their fate in their hands. A win would seal the Tigers' quest for the SEC title and help continue their march to a national title.

LSU started the game slowly allowing the Razorbacks to climb to a quick 14-0 lead by midway into the second quarter. After that, it was all LSU. The Tigers really never appeared to be in danger of losing the ballgame once they pulled ahead 21-14 at the end of the second quarter.

LSU showed the country why it is No. 1 with that victory as it absolutely waxed the current No. 3. LSU will push on towards the SEC title game next week in Atlanta where it will face the 9-2 (7-1 SEC) No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs.

LSU will be favored in that game and will be one step away from a national title berth in New Orleans. Assuming that No. 2 Alabama can earn a victory over No. 24 Auburn in this week’s Iron Bowl, the LSU Tigers will face off against the Crimson Tide in a virtual home game for the Tigers.

LSU is the most talented team in the country right now and it showed it today. Arkansas is a very talented team and the Razorbacks were playing some of their best football as of late. The Razorbacks had a bit of life in them to start, but by the end of the game they looked completely outmatched.

How the LSU Tigers will fare in a likely repeat is unclear, but with it being in their neck of the woods this go around they may play better than they did in Tuscaloosa. With the assumed berth into the BCS title game the SEC will be in the title game for the sixth straight year.

What appeared to be a balance in college football around the late 90s and early 2000s has turned into a complete dominance in college football by the SEC. If the Tide win this week and work their way into the game as well, it will be an all-SEC title game.

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