LSU makes dubious College Football Playoff history
LSU made College Football Playoff history on Tuesday night, and it’s not the kind of “history” Ed Orgeron and his staff will be pointing to on the recruiting trail. For the first time in the CFP era, the defending national champion was left out of the season’s inaugural rankings.
The CFP selection committee revealed its Top 25 Tuesday. Five SEC teams made the poll: No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 Florida, No. 9 Georgia and No. 22 Auburn. Orgeron’s squad is currently 3-3 on the season. No three-loss teams were included in the initial Top 25. That could certainly change as more games are played.
LSU had some ranking momentum in late October after the 52-24 win over South Carolina, but that momentum vanished with the 48-11 blowout loss at Auburn. Coming off of a 27-24 victory over Arkansas, the Tigers are looking to start their first winning streak of the season. It will be a tall task, however, as LSU plays at No. 5 Texas A&M on Saturday. If the Tigers are able to upset the Aggies, it should get the committee’s attention.
LSU also has games against Ole Miss (Dec. 5) and Florida (Dec. 12) on the current schedule with the Alabama makeup game yet to be rescheduled.
LSU is the first defending national champion not ranked in the @CFBPlayoff’s inaugural rankings in its 7-year history
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 25, 2020