It wasn’t pretty and it was far from a work of football art, but for LSU it got the job done.
A field goal with just over a minute left stretched LSU’s lead over Arkansas to seven points, and the Tigers were able to withstand a last-minute drive by the Razorbacks that ended with Tyler Wilson overthrowing the Hogs’ last-gasp chance in the end zone as the Tigers escaped with a 20-13 win. It also kept the Tigers’ faint SEC West title hopes alive.
If Auburn beats Alabama in the Iron Bowl tomorrow (ROTFLMAO) and Texas A&M beats Missouri, it would create a three-way tie atop the West division of the six-time defending BcS champion conference. Those two dominoes falling would mean all three teams would be tied at 6-2.
It would also mean that the Tigers would claim the division based on the SEC’s three-way tiebreaker rules. All three teams finished 1-1 against each other, which prompts the second step of the three-way tiebreaker — “Record of the tied teams within the division” — to come into play. Both of Alabama’s losses — assuming a defeat at the hands of Auburn — would have come against West foes while LSU and A&M would have just one divisional loss apiece, eliminating the Tide and reverting the process back to the two-way tiebreaker.
The first part of the SEC’s two-way tiebreaker is head-to-head competition between the two tied teams; as LSU beat A&M 24-19 on Oct. 20, the Tigers would advance to the SEC championship game to face SEC East winner Georgia.
As Alabama is a 30-plus-point favorite over Auburn and are playing in Tuscaloosa, however, it’s highly unlikely the three-way tiebreaker will come into play. And if A&M happens to lose to Mizzou? LSU would lose out on the divisional title regardless of what happens to Alabama as the Tide beat the Tigers head-to-head earlier this month.
Suffice to say, though, LSU, with their business taken care of, will be huge A&M and Auburn fans come Saturday afternoon.