OK, here are two ways, both of which sound implausible, that might get LSU (6-2) to the BCS title game despite its disaster at Mississippi on Saturday:
No. 1--At No. 13 in the first BCS poll, the Tigers would need to win out, which means beating Alabama and Texas A&M in November, and have all 12 higher-ranked teams finish with at least two losses. LSU also probably needs some of the teams chasing the Tigers to go flat.
Turns out that Sept. 21 LSU triumph over Auburn, 35-21, looks more significant. But LSU needs not only to beat Alabama but also to hope Arkansas can find a way to beat Auburn (6-1) on Nov. 2 and then have Auburn figure something out to defeat Alabama on Nov. 30. Then LSU would have SEC divisional tiebreaker leverage, but still would need to prevail at the SEC Championship.
No. 2—Stephen Rivers, the 6-7 QB-in-waiting. Why wait? Give him a whirl on Saturday against Furman. It’s not often that Furman comes to town.