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Will LSU Win The SEC West?

Alex Groberman

It’s been all but officially confirmed that the LSU Tigers will play for the BCS National Championship.

The far more intriguing question as it relates to LSU and the SEC West in general is: does this team have the best shot at capturing a division title?

Following their dominating 52-3 victory over the Mississippi Rebels, the Tigers have two challenges remaining – and both are fairly daunting. Next week, they’ll square off against the Arkansas Razorbacks – a team currently ranked 3rd in the nation. If they win that one, they get to play SEC East top dogs, the 9-2 Georgia Bulldogs.

Meanwhile, the Alabama Crimson Tide has a much simpler path, all things considered. Despite their 9-6 overtime loss to LSU a few weeks back, Nick Saban’s bunch is more or less the favorite to meet the Tigers in the BCS title game and only has to deal with the 7-3 Auburn Tigers in their next game.

Of course, the wild card in all this is Arkansas. If, somehow, the Razorbacks are able to upset the Tigers on Friday, a three-way 10-1 tie in the SEC West would emerge. And if a tie were to occur, the SEC West championship would ultimately be decided by the team ranked highest in the BCS standings released that week unless the second-highest rated team is five spots or less below the first. If that happens, the champ is decided by head-to-head match-ups.

Alabama defeated Arkansas 38-14 back in September, and of course they in turn got beaten by LSU a couple of weeks back. Then again, in our hypothetical LSU loses to Arkansas, which throws the whole thing back into a state of flummox with only the final margin remaining unknown.

It’s worth noting, however, that even if LSU were to beat Arkansas but then lose to Georgia, they could still face off in the BCS National Championship despite the fact that the Bulldogs would be the SEC champs.

Isn’t the BCS grand?

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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week 13

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1. Auburn Tigers

Auburn just netted one of its most memorable wins in program history. Can they follow it up by winning even bigger prizes?

2. Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas was certainly no 2010 version of 2009 Ole Miss. Unfortunately for the Hogs, though, they picked the wrong year to have a great team.

3. LSU Tigers

Not the ending the Tigers wanted, but still a good season for them. They’re back in the SEC’s upper echelon.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks have come on very strong since the embarrassing loss to Arkansas.

5. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tide have been good this year, but their fans have to be disappointed considering pre-season expectations.

6. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

Dan Mullen wrapped up a good sophomore season in Starkville. Will the Bulldogs be able to keep him when suitors come knocking?

7. Florida Gators

The Gators just want this season to end as soon as possible.

8. Georgia Bulldogs

Ditto for the Bulldogs.

9. Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols ended the regular season on a positive note.

10. Kentucky Wildcats

This season ended up looking like a lot of past ones for UK. Lots of wins over cupcakes, one signature upset over a good SEC team, a win over Vanderbilt, and not much else.

11. Mississippi Rebels

Is the Nuttster on the hot seat in Oxford?

12. Vanderbilt Commodores

Meh.


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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week 12

South Carolina
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1. Auburn Tigers

The Tigers took a week off and remain atop my ballot. Tuscaloosa awaits.

2. LSU Tigers

Another week, another wild win for Les Miles and Co.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tide can salvage their season to some extent by upsetting Auburn.

4. Arkansas Razorbacks

The Hogs have a shot at a BCS bowl if they can knock off LSU.

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

Carolina finally looked Spurrier-esque against cupcake competition.

6. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

The Bulldogs fought hard against Arkansas but came up short. I’m sure a win over Ole Miss will assuage the pain.

7. Florida Gators

The Gators looked good against App. St., but can they do it against FSU? They’ve been dominating bad teams and stinking against good ones all year.

8. Georgia Bulldogs

The Dawgs will look to salvage a bad season with a win over Ga. Tech this week.

9. Kentucky Wildcats

The ‘Cats will be looking to end their losing streak against UT this week.

10. Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols can reach bowl eligibility with a win over UK, which wouldn’t be too bad in Derek Dooley’s first year.

11. Mississippi Rebels

Close but no cigar for Ole Miss against LSU.

12. Vanderbilt Commodores

After looking at the box scores from the past few weeks, I’m thinking that maybe Vandy should have started playing Jared Funk long ago.


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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week Ten

South Carolina
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A fan holds up a sign after South Carolina returned from Florida after South Carolina's 36-14 win over Florida in an NCAA college football game, early Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, in Columbia, S.C. No. 17 South Carolina is heading to its first Southeastern Conference championship game after winning the East division. (AP Photo/The State, Kim Kim Foster-Tobin)

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1. Auburn Tigers

2. LSU Tigers

3. Alabama Crimson Tide

4. Arkansas Razorbacks

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

6. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

7. Florida Gators

8. Georgia Bulldogs

9. Kentucky Wildcats

10. Tennessee Volunteers

11. Mississippi Rebels

12. Vanderbilt Commodores


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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week Ten

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1. Auburn Tigers

The Tigers can wrap up the SEC West this weekend with a victory over UGA.

2. LSU Tigers

The Mad Hatter strikes again in a wild victory over Alabama. I’m beginning to believe again, like I did in 2007, that there may be a method to his madness. I’m sure he’ll lose a last-second thriller due to clock mismanagement, though, to prove me wrong.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tide blew their shot at returning to a BCS bowl by losing to LSU.

4. Arkansas Razorbacks

The Hogs dominated South Carolina and appear to be gearing up for a strong finish.

5. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have a shot to move up a bit if they can beat Arkansas and / or Alabama. Def. the league’s surprise team of the year.

6. Florida Gators

The East is on the line in Gainesville this week.

7. South Carolina Gamecocks

Was that the beginning of another November swoon? The ‘Cocks still have a chance to win the East if they regroup.

8. Georgia Bulldogs

UGA has a chance to much up Auburn’s dream season this weekend.

9. Mississippi Rebels

The Rebels will have to figure out a way to win two of three against UT, LSU, and MSU to make bowl eligibility. Think they’d like those games against Vandy and Jacksonville St. back now?

10. Kentucky Wildcats

The Wildcats should wrap up bowl eligibility against Vandy this weekend. The real target, though, is ending their losing streak against Tennessee.

11. Tennessee Volunteers

Still not out of the running for bowl eligibility if they can win out.

12. Vanderbilt Commodores

Utterly demolished by Florida.


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