LSU football has totally transformed its program and last year at this time, who would have imagined the Tigers going to the SEC championship game?
The LSU football program shocked the world when it hired Brian Kelly and 10 games into his tenure, it’s easy to see why as the Tigers are headed back to the SEC championship game for the first time since Joe Burrow was the quarterback.
LSU football needed to survive a difficult challenge from Arkansas. Maybe it was the chicken broth on the sideline that helped the Tigers escape, although more of the credit can go to Harold Perkins, the freshman who had four sacks and two forced fumbles and tormented the Razorbacks.
Last week, Jayden Daniels was the hero for LSU. This week, it was the defense and right now, Kelly and the Tigers have a winning formula that has them squarely in the playoff mix.
People may not like it or might even call it SEC bias. But if LSU football finishes 11-2 and beats Alabama and Georgia (in the SEC title game), it’s really hard to see the Tigers being left out of the playoff.
LSU football still has a lot to play for
LSU would be the first two-loss team to ever make it. It’s unlikely but so was LSU football even making the SEC title game.
If anyone was expected to challenge Alabama in the SEC West this season, it was Ole Miss, but the Tigers ran over them and took down the seemingly unbeatable Nick Saban.
The win over Arkansas was key because it eliminated Alabama as an SEC West contender. It was down to the Tigers and Ole Miss and Saban delivered for the team he once coached.
If Ole Miss had won, a slip-up against Texas A&M could have cost the Tigers. It would still cost them a chance at the playoff, but however the next three weeks go, it’s been an incredible season for LSU football, which seems officially back under Brian Kelly.
That was quick.