BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU’s championship aspirations are officially dead, and voters penalized the Tigers a bit harshly after giving No. 1 Alabama all it could handle for the better part of four quarters in a 10-0 loss on Saturday night.
LSU, which came into the game ranked 14th in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25, dropped to No. 19 in both, which were released on Sunday. The Tigers (5-3) were 13th in the College Football Playoff rankings, which are unveiled Tuesday night. At this point LSU’s presence in the CFP rankings are academic.
LSU is the highest-ranked 3-loss team in the AP poll, and is one spot behind three-loss Florida State in the Coaches Poll.
Things don’t get any easier for LSU after the Alabama defeat. This week the Tigers travel to Arkansas, which is receiving votes following its 31-10 blowout of Florida. That is followed by games against the Gators (No. 16 Coaches/No. 22 AP) and No. 11/No. 10 Texas A&M.