4. The Really Big Thing Was …
LSU 45, Texas 38
The Tigers have a four-best-team theory buffer.
As in, “yeah, Oregon went 12-1 and took the Pac-12 title, but it doesn’t have that win.”
Going by the rankings, it’s going to take something miraculous for someone else to come up with a better, more impressive non-conference road win than hanging 45 points up on the nation’s No. 9 Longhorn team.
It’s the type of win that sticks in everyone’s mind and gets referred to over and over again as the long season rolls on. And now, the schedule opens up wide.
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Taking little for granted, Florida, Auburn, and Texas A&M all have to come to Baton Rouge. All three are nasty showdowns, but it’s the SEC – you can’t ask for more than getting those at home.
The road games? Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss are three of them. Any team good enough to even watch the College Football Playoff National Championship needs to take down those three.
So if LSU wins the remaining games it’s supposed to, it can lose at Alabama and still be considering one of the four best teams in college football.
You’re an SEC West team that went 11-1 with a win over Florida, road win over Texas, and your one loss is at Alabama? No shame there.
Or, the Tigers might just be good enough to beat the Tide.
Joe Burrow is now a real, live Heisman candidate and interesting pro prospect, and the team certainly has the grown-ass pro-talented men on both sides of the bal – the piece are there to pull off the win in Tuscaloosa. Do that, and there’s really a buffer if there’s a loss along the way.
Now LSU really is a player for the national championship – more on that in a moment.