LSU Tigers 2011 Profile
The Tigers are just one of 12 teams that meet the annual standard for recruiting metrics for the BCS Title Berth calculations. Every winner and loser of the BCS Title for the last 8 years has come from this list.
The Tigers are on it again and it should be no surprise to any football fan. However, it is not often you find quantitative numbers to justify your emotion as a fan.
The biggest issue that I see in the profile is the metrics. While Death Valley has earned a significant national reputation, it is my opinion in reading the numbers that an upset of LSU is more likely to occur in Baton Rouge than on the road. While home losses are still rare for this elite team, if they fail to take care of the home field advantage, they may miss out on an opportunity for a SEC title and ultimately a BCS Championship.
Links to other Tigers stats, trends, and articles
LSU Tigers 2011 Schedule Breakdown
The season starts immediately with a National title berth elimination game. As long as the system allows the Boise States and TCUs of football to be in the top ten with total schedules that have less strength than LSUs OOC games, a playoff should be in place. But, it is not likely to happen soon, so the season opener is about as good as it gets.
LSU should win this game. LSU has out recruited Oregon and the Ducks are 5 out of their last 6 neutral field games straight up against recruiting (and 83% on all games over the last 4 years). The odds are well in favor of the Tigers, who are also + game coached on the road.
After the Ducks and Mountaineers (another challenging but should win game), it is onto the toughest conference/division in all of college football. Once the OCC is clear it will be down to a 4 game stretch from October 8th to November 5th that will determine the potential for a SEC championship and possible BCS title berth. The biggest could be surprise game…. at Tennessee.
Tigers Recruiting Rank Links:
LSU Win/Recruiting Trend Chart
Write up pending