BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU pushed No. 1 Alabama to the limit Saturday night, but “close” ultimately does not mean as much as wins do to the College Football Playoff committee.
The Crimson Tide’s 10-0 win over the Tigers ends any far-fetched hopes LSU working its way back into the playoff picture. LSU managed just six first downs and 125 total yards in the setback. Still, the Bayou Bengals are recognized as one of the nation’s best teams despite three losses. All three of those losses came against teams currently ranked in the Top 10.
Where LSU is ranked
LSU dropped 11 spots to 24th in the country. It was a big tumble considering the loss came to against the nation’s top team. The loss is LSU’s third of the season. The Tigers also dropped this week in the AP Top 25 (to 19th) and the Amway Coaches Poll (19th).
What it means for LSU football
The playoffs are over for LSU. However, leapfrogging Texas A&M, Florida and/or Auburn could still result in the Tigers landing a desirable bowl bid such as the Sugar or Citrus. With two of the three left on the schedule, it’s possible.
Interim coach Ed Orgeron said the Tigers need to move past the loss.
“I know they’re going to be disappointed,” Orgeron said. “They gave their heart and soul. For that I want to commend their effort. We just didn’t get the result we wanted. But it’s time to move on. This is Game 5 of our new season. It’s going to be important to put this game behind us and move on to a very tough Arkansas team that plays very well at home.”
This week’s game
LSU visits Arkansas at Reynolds-Razorback Stadium at 7 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. The Tigers wrap up the regular season with the rescheduled game against Florida in Baton Rouge on Nov. 19 and then quick turnaround with a road trip to play Texas A&M on Thursday, Nov. 24.