Ranking the SEC’s BCS Championship winners: 2007 LSU Tigers

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SEC’s BCS Championship Teams:

#9 SEC BCS Championship team

2007 LSU Tigers (12-2)

Head coach: Les Miles
Offensive coordinator: Gary Crowton
Defensive coordinator: Bo Pelini
Average margin of victory: 21.8 PPG
FBS’ opponents record: 103-75 (.579)
Wins vs. Top 25 teams in final AP Poll (5): #5 Ohio State, #9 Virginia Tech, #12 Tennessee, #13 Florida, #15 Auburn
Key stats: 38.6 PPG offense (#11 CFB), 19.9 PPG defense (#17 CFB), only two-loss BCS champion
1st and 2nd round draft picks: DT Glenn Dorsey (1st), DE Tyson Jackson (1st)

Team buzz: LSU was the only two-loss champion during the BCS era. Did that automatically make them the last-ranked SEC Champion? No. But they lost to two eight-win teams in Kentucky and Arkansas during the regular season. LSU was on the outside looking in, but thanks to Missouri and West Virginia, they let LSU jump all the way from No. 7 to No. 2 in the final BCS rankings, after two crazy collapses to finish the season.

The Tigers beat five top 25-ranked teams in the final AP Poll, averaged over 38 points per game and gave up just 19.9 points per game on defense. LSU played a schedule where opponents finished 103-75 (.579) as seen below.

LSU handled Ohio State in the BCS Championship 38-24, with QB Matt Flynn throwing for four touchdowns, while LB Ali Highsmith led the defense with 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and eight tackles.

Team Schedule

Aug. 30: LSU 45, Mississippi State 0 (Starkville)
Sept. 8: LSU 48, #9 Virginia Tech 7 (Baton Rouge)
Sept. 15: LSU 44, MTSU 0 (Baton Rouge)
Sept. 22: LSU 28, #14 South Carolina 16 (Baton Rouge)
Sept. 29: LSU 34, Tulane 9 (New Orleans)
Oct. 6: LSU 28, #7 Florida 24 (Baton Rouge)
Oct. 13: #18 Kentucky 43, LSU 37 (3 OT) (Lexington)
Oct. 20: LSU 30, #19 Auburn 24 (Baton Rouge)
Nov. 3: LSU 41, #18 Alabama 34 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 10: LSU 58, Louisiana Tech 10 (Baton Rouge)
Nov. 17: LSU 41, Ole Miss 24 (Oxford)
Nov. 23: Arkansas 50, LSU 48 (3 OT) (Baton Rouge)
Dec. 1: LSU 21, #15 Tennessee 14 (SEC CG, Atlanta)
Jan. 7: LSU 38, #1 Ohio State 24 (BCS NCG, New Orleans)

Offensive starters

  • QB Matt Flynn
  • RB Jacob Hester
  • WR Early Doucet
  • WR Brandon LaFell
  • WR Demetrius Byrd
  • TE Keith Zinger
  • LT Ciron Black
  • LG Herman Johnson
  • C Brett Helms
  • RG Lyle Hitt
  • RT Carnell Stewart

Defensive starters

  • DE Tyson Jackson
  • DT Glenn Dorsey
  • DT Ricky Jean-Francois
  • DE Kirston Pittman
  • WLB Luke Sanders
  • MLB Darry Beckwith
  • SLB Ali Highsmith
  • CB Jonathan Zenon
  • CB Chevis Jackson
  • SS Craig Steltz
  • FS Curtis Taylor

Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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