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    LSU: The Road To The BCS

    By: Eric SanInocencio
    SEC Digital Network

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    Quick Facts

    Location: Baton Rouge. La.
    Founded:
    1860
    Enrollment: 27,992
    Nickname: Tigers
    Colors: Purple and Gold
    Stadium: Tiger Stadium (92,400)
    First Game: Nov. 25, 1942 Tulane 13 LSU 0
    Home Record: 379-143- 18 (.782)
    Home Attendance: 648,023 (92,718 avg./100.34%)
    All Time Record: 721-389-47 (.645/1,188 games)
    2010 Record: 11-2 (7-0 H 2-2 A, 2-0 N 3-2 vs. Western Division)
    2010 SEC Record/ Finish: 6-2/ 2nd Western Division
    SEC Championships: 10 (1935, 36, 58, 61+, 70, 86, 88t, 2001, 03, 07)

    The Les Miles Coaching File

    Hometown: Elyira, Ohio
    Alma Mater: University of Michigan
    Playing Career: Two-year letterwinner at Michigan
    Coaching Experience: Michigan Graduate Assistant (1980-81), Colorado Offensive Line (1982-86), Michigan Offensive Line (1987-1994), Oklahoma State Offensive Coordinator (1995-97), Dallas Cowboys Tight Ends (1998-2000), Oklahoma State Head Coach (2001-04), LSU Head Coach (2005-Present)

    2011 Schedule and Results

    Date Opponent Results
    Sept. 3 vs. Oregon W 40-27
    Sept. 10 Northwestern State W 49-3
    Sept. 15 at Mississippi State W 19-6
    Sept. 24 at West Virginia W 47-21
    Oct. 1 Kentucky W 35-7
    Oct. 8 Florida W 41-11
    Oct. 15 at Tennessee W 38-7
    Oct. 22 Auburn W 45-10
    Nov. 6 at Alabama W 9-6
    Nov. 12 Western Kentucky W 42-9
    Nov. 19 Ole Miss W 52-3
    Nov. 25 Arkansas W 41-17
    Dec. 3 Georgia W 42-10

    Eric’s Take

    At the start of the season, I remember glossing over LSU's schedule and being absolutely astounded. Perhaps shocked is the better word. When you play in the SEC, capturing wins again the league competition is always enough to put you near the nation's elite at the end of the season. LSU went a step further, adding out of conference games against the 2010 national runner-up (Oregon), and a Big East team that would go on to win the Orange Bowl (West Virginia) in that very year. Despite one of the toughest schedule's I've seen in my lifetime, LSU remains alone on the top of the mountaintop.

    Led by amazing skill, unreal depth and a clutch coach, the Bayou Bengals have amassed a resume that hasn't been duplicated in a long time. LSU defeated eight ranked teams, taking on all comers along the way. This team won win an the old fashioned formula, using a smothering defense and opportunistic offense to leave every opponent battered in their wake.

    Yet, with all that accomplished, one game still remains before LSU can rightfully claim their spot in the pantheon of great SEC teams. In the first matchup against Alabama, the Tigers made key stops and just enough plays on offense to win in a hostile environment. This time around, LSU is basically at home, and goes into the contest as the the nation's lone unblemished squad.

    Can they seal the deal? Will Les Miles win his second national championship? We will find out on January 9th in New Orleans.