LSU hasn't won anything yet.
Saturday night's "Game of the Century" lived up to its billing, at least defensively. The Bayou Bengals made enough big plays and rode their superior kicking game to a classic 9-6 win in overtime.
(Or as I tweeted: LSU 2, Alabama 2, LSU wins on PK, 1-0)
But this victory guarantees the Tigers nothing, particularly if they fail to follow up with a victory over Arkansas. In fact, a loss to Arkansas may cost LSU a trip to the SEC championship game, never mind the BCS national championship game.
Largely went unnoticed Saturday night was Arkansas' 44-28 victory over South Carolina that had a huge impact on both SEC divisions. The loss by the Gamecocks put the SEC East in the hands of Georgia, which can win the division by beating Auburn and Kentucky. Arkansas, on the other hand, stays alive for a share of the SEC West title.
Should Arkansas win at LSU the night after Thanksgiving, there could be a three-way tie atop the SEC West, with all three teams having identical 11-1 records. In that case, you'll have to go to the bottom of the SEC tiebreaker to determine the winner: Highest ranked in the BCS standings.
As of tomorrow, three SEC West teams will be in the top seven of the BCS Standings, with Alabama coming in third.
It will be close between Alabama and Stanford for the No. 3 spot, mostly depending on the voters, as Alabama will still be comfortably ahead of Stanford in the computer rankings. There will be a significant drop to No. 5 Boise State.
For more analysis in the immediate aftermath of LSU-Alabama, not to mention several other BCS-impact games, see my column in SB Nation on Sunday morning. For now, here are the projections:
1. LSU, 2. Oklahoma State, 3. Alabama, 4. Stanford, 5. Boise State, 6. Oklahoma, 7. Arkansas, 8. Oregon, 9. Clemson, 10. Virginia Tech, 11. Houston, 12. Penn State, 13. Kansas State, 14. South Carolina, 15. Michigan State.