LSU is right back in the playoff discussion with a win over Alabama.
Despite having two losses, a potential trip to the SEC Championship game means a trip to the playoffs. A two-loss team has never made the playoff, but the SEC champion always has.
LSU may control its own destiny. No matter what happens elsewhere, if they win the SEC, the Tigers have added a win over Georgia to a resume that already includes Alabama and Ole Miss.
But it’s not a sure thing.
With a few weeks left, some things can happen that would elevate the Tigers’ chances. Here’s a rooting guide for this Saturday and the weeks to come.
Texas has to win over TCU.
Any SEC team hoping to squeak in should want a two-loss Pac-12 champ.
According to FiveThirtyEight, if LSU and UNC both won, the Tar Heels would have a 51% shot at making the playoffs. In the same scenario, LSU would have an 85% chance, but if you’re an LSU fan, you want the path to be as straightforward as possible.
Another Tennessee loss wouldn’t hurt.
But LSU can only clinch the division on Saturday if Alabama beats Ole Miss, so I’ll go ahead and throw it on here.