It may be hard to support a team other than LSU, but the Tigers will need plenty of help the rest of the season after dropping two consecutive games to Alabama and Arkansas. The Tigers still have a good chance at a New Year’s Six bowl, but some scoreboard watching is absolutely necessary.
Believe it or not, No. 15 LSU still has plenty to play for during the next two weeks. Here’s a list of teams that could help the Tigers in the long run:
Florida Atlantic at No. 8 Florida, noon E.T – Root for FAU. This is an incredible longshot, but here’s why Tigers fans should root like crazy for the Owls. LSU’s best possible outcome would be an appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The College Football Playoff possibilities have evaporated, but a New Year’s Six bowl would still be an excellent way to end the season for a youthful squad.
Here’s the problem: the loser of the SEC title game will likely get into the Sugar Bowl, unless something drastic occurs. Florida (9-1) pretty much controls its destiny to a New Year’s Six bowl if it can beat Florida Atlantic and Florida State in the final two weeks of the season. It can still lose to (most likely) Alabama in Atlanta, but will travel to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.
However, the sugary door would open back up for LSU if Florida gets knocked off in one of its next two games, plus loses in the SEC championship. The Tigers beat the Gators earlier in the season at Death Valley, so LSU would have the edge over a three-loss Florida team.
Perhaps the Owls can keep it interesting.
Charleston Southern at No. 2 Alabama, 4 p.m. ET – Root for Charleston Southern
This is never going to happen, but what if it did? It’s a rule to always root against Alabama in Baton Rouge, La. The Buccaneers are 9-1, so it might not be a complete cakewalk for the Crimson Tide.
No. 19 Houston at Connecticut, 3:30 p.m. ET – Root for UConn. There’s also an outside possibility LSU could snag an at-large bid to a different New Year’s Six bowl. The problem: Pesky teams from non-Power 5 conferences could snatch those bids. Houston is one of those teams. The Cougars are 10-0 and certainly could run the table and find itself in a New Year’s Six bowl.
The Huskies are 5-5 and fighting for bowl eligibility and a statement win at the end of the year. The Cougars could be walking into a trap on the road with No. 16 Navy looming next week.
No. 16 Navy at Tulsa, 7 p.m. ET – Root for Tulsa. Another nettlesome team from the American Conference, the Midshipmen are 8-1 and ranked ahead of undefeated Houston. The Midshipmen face a similar situation to Houston against a 5-5 Golden Hurricane squad. On the road, it could be a nasty trap.