LSU ranks nearly as high in College Football Playoff standings as before Alabama loss –

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CFP updates

Less than two weeks after its loss to Alabama, LSU is pretty much right back where it started.

The College Football Playoff committee revealed its third release of rankings on Tuesday night and LSU came in at No. 20. That’s just one spot lower than where the Tigers were two weeks ago before they lost to No. 1 Alabama. Which, if you think about it, is pretty impressive.

Sure, a lot of teams ahead of LSU have lost. The last few weeks in college football have been crazy. But LSU’s résumé is starting to look more and more impressive, especially with Auburn’s win over Georgia and Mississippi State’s near-win over Alabama.

Mississippi State, Michigan State and North Carolina State are the only three-loss teams ranked ahead of LSU. None of those three teams have particularly difficult remaining schedules, so it might be hard for the Tigers to leapfrog those teams. But if Auburn keeps winning and works its way into the SEC Championship Game, suddenly LSU has a win over a playoff-caliber team. Which, in itself, could be a credential to backdoor into a New Year’s Six game.

Do I think this is going to happen? No. Too much will have to fall in LSU’s favor. But Auburn’s success could be a good thing for LSU from a bowl perspective. Maybe.

Injury updates

In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday, we talked about how injuries are starting to catch up to LSU. Later Tuesday in practice, this became a little more clear. Here’s an update on LSU’s health heading into its game this Saturday versus Tennessee:

  • Edge rusher Arden Key and middle linebacker Donnie Alexander missed practice again on Tuesday. LSU coach Ed Orgeron listed Key as “questionable” for Saturday. Orgeron hasn’t mentioned Alexander’s health specifically, but the senior linebacker did appear injured briefly in the Arkansas game.
  • After missing practice Monday, cornerback Greedy Williams returned Tuesday.
  • Offensive guard Garrett Brumfield and cornerback Kevin Toliver practiced in non-contact gold jerseys.
  • Running back and kick returner Clyde Edwards-Helaire was absent from the media viewing portion of practice.

Record watch

As SEC Country’s Alex Hickey wrote Tuesday, LSU running back Derrius Guice is approaching an impressive SEC record. With two more carries, Guice will qualify as the SEC’s all-time leader in yards per carry, breaking a record held by Heisman Trophy-winning Auburn running back Bo Jackson.

The validity of this stat depends on where you count the threshold for “qualifying.” Guice is at 398 carries for his career, meaning the SEC’s official threshold is 400 career carries. If you drop that minimum to 350 career carries, the all-time leader in yards per carry becomes former Arkansas back Felix Jones at 7.66 yards per carry, more than a yard better than Jackson’s average, on 386 carries.

Assuming Guice rushes 18 times per contest in LSU’s last three games — his average for the season — he’d have to gain 237 yards per game to catch up to Jones. That’s unlikely to happen. That said, he’ll only have to average about 80 yards per game to stay ahead of Jackson on the all-time list. And if that’s the number the SEC officially counts, we’ll run with that.

Checking in with UT

One of the perks of working for SEC Country is the teamwork. We have reporters in Knoxville covering the Vols, same as we have folks down here in Baton Rouge. So, as LSU gets ready to play Tennessee, here are some stories we’ve written about Tennessee in anticipation of the game Saturday:

Be sure to visit if you’re interested in learning more about the Vols before Saturday.

Checking in with the ‘croots

The LSU football season isn’t over, but LSU recruiting season never ends. Here are some stories from SEC Country LSU recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman that you might’ve missed this week:

Tweets of the day

• Freshman offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles would like you to know that he is a manimal.

• Fullback Tory Carter would like you to know that Charles isn’t quite as big as he thinks.

Carter does have a point. Monsters are quite large. Charles is big, too: 6-foot-5, 321 pounds is nothing to scoff at. But not quite monstrous. We’ll go with half-monstrous.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, Nov. 15 is “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.” Which is a day I take dearly. Because I had to have a conversation about this very topic a few months ago.

You see, one of my roommates had a bottle of pomegranate juice in our fridge for like a year. There wasn’t much left. Probably like two or three glasses worth. But he wouldn’t finish it. Or dump it. Or just throw it away. It sat there. Probably fermenting. Definitely taking up space.

I’ll be honest. I’ve never eaten a pomegranate. I probably couldn’t point out a pomegranate in the fruit aisle. So, I have no compulsion to drink the juice. That was all him. But it was clutter at that point. Two months after the conversation, he finally got rid of it.

Should’ve waited until this holiday to have the conversation. That would have made the juice disappear ASAP.

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