With Alabama’s win over the Ole Miss at Oxford, LSU has officially concluded its trip to Atlanta already.
Yes, the LSU Tigers have officially won the SEC West race with the Alabama Crimson Tide going on to beat the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, 30-24.
The twice-losed Bayou Bengals actually won a league crown faster than the top seed and undefeated Georgia Bulldogs. That’s because Crimson Tide and Rebels also have a pair of losses on the season. The only differences are that they both lost to LSU on the season, and the Bayou Bengals can finish no more than 6-2 in team play. They still have to play Texas A&M.
For Brian Kelly, playing LSU in the Conference Championship in the first year is truly incredible.
LSU is, without a doubt, Alabama’s biggest winner to fend off the Ole Miss
While Georgia is strong and dominant in the Eastern SEC, as are the Losing Tennessee Volunteers, LSU is the only other SEC team surviving a college football game. Alabama and Ole Miss needed to win the SEC West title to get any realistic shot at that. That’s because LSU has a head-to-head tiebreaker on both and won’t get any two losses or a non-champion.
As for what awaits the Bayou Bengals, they will host the UAB Blazers during Senior Day next week before finishing the SEC game at the struggling Texas A&M team at College Station. Even if the Tigers somehow lost both of those games, yes, LSU would be 8-4 (6-2) playing for a conference championship versus Georgia for sure, or potentially against Tennessee.
While no team has ever lost a playoff game in college football before, the SEC should be the conference where that could reasonably happen. Had Auburn defeated Georgia in Atlanta in 2017, these Tigers would have made it to four teams for the first time ever. LSU could theoretically knock out Team #1 on the ground in Georgia or avenge its only SEC loss to Tennessee.
Either way, LSU will raise an impressive banner for the SEC West Championship in its first year under Kelly.
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