The LSU football team is currently the fifth-ranked team in the country but very well could make the big jump to the top-four with a big win on Saturday.
The LSU football team has been very fun to watch this year and they have been rewarded in the rankings as a result. The team started the year with high expectations as the sixth-ranked team in the country and have lived up to those expectations, now occupying the fifth ranking.
The difference has been Oklahoma, who was ranked fourth in the country in the preseason polls and since slid down to sixth, allowing LSU to move up to fifth.
Being the fifth-ranked school in the country certainly is an honor but every LSU fan wants to be in that top four. One ranking might not seem like a big difference to casual fans, and in most cases that is true. However, if LSU is ranked in the top-four, that means they are primed to be in the College Football Playoff.
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Granted, there is a lot of time from now until then and the LSU football team has much more winning to do to get into that top-four. However, it would still be nice to see them there as a reminder that yes, they are good enough to win the National Championship.
Luckily for LSU fans, there is a realistic chance that this could happen after this weekend’s slate of games.
The Tigers are set to take on the Utah State Aggies. And sorry to any Aggies fans out there that are reading this, but this game really should be no problem at home for the Tigers. While Utah State is 3-1 and only narrowly lost to then 22-ranked Wake Forrest, they do not have the manpower to go into Tiger Stadium and steal a W.
There is a reason why LSU is 27-point favorites in this game.
Now, what about the rest of the top-four? Their performance this weekend is going to dictate whether or not LSU can sneak into the top-four in the coaches’ poll.
Alabama is taking on 25th-ranked Texas A&M, at Texas A&M, nonetheless. That is definitely a losable game being on the road against a fellow SEC team, and if that were the case, Alabama could easily fall all the way to fifth.
A win over the Aggies would only strengthen their case, even if it is a marginal win.
Clemson has a bye week while Georgia is on the road to face Tennessee. Tennessee has been one of the most disappointing teams in the entire country thus far this year, so Georgia may feel like they have this in the bag.
However, with the Volunteers at home coming off of a butt-kicking that was dished out by Florida, they are definitely going to be motivated for this game. As good Georgia is, and as disappointing as Tennessee has been, I would not be all that surprised if the Volunteers played them to a close game.
In this case, Georgia could absolutely be hurt by a win if LSU goes in and demolishes another unranked opponent. A narrow win over a struggling team should open the door for LSU a tad.
And finally, the team that every LSU football fan should be watching is Ohio State. Ohio State is at home against 25th-ranked (yes, they are tied with A&M) Michigan State.
Ohio State has been very, very impressive thus far this year but their schedule has been full of cookies. They have not played a ranked team yet this year, and really, nobody they have played is even close to being ranked.
It is going to be interesting to see how new head coach Ryan Pace prepares his team for a team that can actually put up a fight. This team has not been tested at all this year and has not had to dig down and win a close game.
Even in a win, it would not be surprising to see Ohio State flip-flop with LSU. LSU has a definitive road win over a top-10 ranked opponent in Texas. If Ohio State can only beat a borderline-ranked team by one score, at home, then LSU absolutely should be gifted that fourth rank.
One of those three games is going to go LSU’s way and my gut feeling is that by this next week, LSU will be in the top-four.