LSU would play for the national championship if the season had ended today. The Tigers were ranked No. 2 by the committee in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings.
LSU was ranked behind just Clemson and received the highest ranking among SEC teams. The Tigers would face Ohio State in one semifinal matchup if the season ended today. However, LSU’s title hopes could alter drastically after this weekend’s contest with Alabama. The Crimson Tide was ranked fourth by the Playoff committee.
The Tigers face a daunting stretch to conclude the season that includes road trips to No. 4 Alabama and No. 18 Ole Miss and home games against Arkansas and No. 19 Texas A&M. LSU has the toughest remaining schedule in the country, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
Neither bowl prognosticators nor oddsmakers have been too optimistic about LSU’s SEC championship and Playoff hopes. The Tigers were listed by a sports book with the third-best odds to win the SEC, while only a couple of projections placed LSU in a College Football Playoff Semifinal.
LSU will be playing for its SEC title hopes, its national title dreams and even more respect on Saturday night.
Check out the entire College Football Playoff rankings below:
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- Florida State
- Texas A&M
- Mississippi State