Published November 14, 2011 - 9:50am
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Fans across the country know that nothing is automatic in college football; countless experiences have taught us otherwise. While LSU’s 2011 performance has been nothing short of spectacular, the question should be considered: Can they finish unbeaten?
Arguably, LSU has had the toughest schedule to get to this point. Arguably, LSU has the toughest schedule from here until the BCS Championship. Fair? Nope. But fairness is irrelevant in college football.
LSU has to still play the 6th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks and the 13th ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
Yes, Oklahoma State has the huge game against rival Oklahoma, but as SEC fans know, a lone big game is only half the challenge. The bigger challenge comes in bringing your “A” game to the field week in and week out against multiple tough opponents. This is what LSU is still tasked with doing.
Will LSU be favored from here on out? Of course. And I very much like their chances to complete their undefeated season.
Arkansas has shown that they struggle mightily against a power running team. Remember Texas A&M? I like LSU to line up, run the ball hard and work the field position game with their awesome, Australian punter. The combination of keeping the ball out of the hands of the Arkansas offense and controlling the clock with the run game should be enough to win the game. Throw in a wild Baton Rouge home crowd and it’s a recipe for a ‘W’.
Georgia is getting some love after an impressive beating of the Auburn Tigers, but let’s not forget that LSU beat Auburn just as thoroughly. Georgia has not played a top team all year. Their best two opponents were Boise State and a South Carolina team with Marcus Lattimore and Stephen Garcia. Both games were losses. Georgia did not play Alabama, Arkansas or LSU (the top 3 SEC teams) all year. Georgia is a good team, but LSU should take care of business.
It’s amazing to look at what LSU has had and will have to do in order to run the table. If they do it, it will be one of the most impressive seasons in recent memory. If they win out, they will have beat 3 of the top 6 teams (Alabama, Oregon, Arkansas) based on the current AP poll. Throw in a top 15 ranked Georgia team as well. Then, they will go up against the #2 ranked team in the BCS for the BCS Championship whether that team be Alabama, Oklahoma State or Oregon.