BATON ROUGE, La. — It’s done it in a roundabout way, but the LSU football team is back to being the SEC’s second-highest ranked team.
In this week’s edition of the Amway Coaches Poll, LSU jumped five spots to No. 14 from No. 19, coming in as the best three-loss team in the country and trailing only No. 1 Alabama among SEC schools. In the AP Top 25, LSU rose from No. 19 to No. 16. The Tigers are still ranked as the SEC’s second-best team in the AP Poll, but No. 15 USC is ranked ahead of LSU among three-loss programs.
LSU turned out an impressive performance in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday night, defeating Arkansas 38-10 behind a 252-yard rushing performance from sophomore running back Derrius Guice and a 3-touchdown night from junior running back Leonard Fournette.
With Auburn and Texas A&M both losing in upset fashion Saturday, the LSU football team is now in position to play its way into a New Year’s Six bowl if it wins out. Since Alabama likely will qualify for the College Football Playoff, the second-highest rated team in the SEC will assume the league’s slot in the Sugar Bowl. LSU can be that team if it wins out and Alabama wins out as well.
The final two games of the LSU football season aren’t cupcakes, though. LSU hosts Florida in a rescheduled contest this weekend, before traveling to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night to round out the year.
How LSU performs in these games not only factors huge in which bowl LSU goes to, but also in determining the future of interim coach Ed Orgeron, who has a chance to shed the interim tag if LSU wins out and continues to play like the team it was thought to be when it was ranked in the top 5 to begin the season.