The LSU Tigers hosted No. 1 Alabama over the weekend and did not fare very well, losing 29-0 in Baton Rouge.
However, when the second College Football Playoff rankings of the 2018 season came out on Tuesday night, the Tigers only fell from No. 3 to No. 7 — still ahead of one-loss teams like Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State.
On the rankings show on ESPN, CFP committee chair Rob Mullens explained that LSU’s impressive resume was what convinced the committee the Tigers should still be that high in the rankings:
“Well, obviously a loss to No. 1 Alabama was seen by the committee, but LSU does have the most wins against ranked top 25 teams from this ranking this week,” he said. “You know, they did beat Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State. So, the committee weighed that heavily with their only losses being to Alabama and on the road to Florida. So, with that strong defense, still felt they were a good team.”
The Tigers are indeed a strong team, but the committee is taking some flak for having them so high in the rankings.
LSU has three winnable games remaining, so we’ll have to see how they fare in future rankings.