BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU still feels the sting of its loss to top-ranked Alabama and probably won’t forget the setback anytime soon.
Tigers coach Les Miles spent much of his weekly media luncheon Monday dealing with situations which popped up in his team’s 21-17 loss to the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
"We won every statistical category, but the score," the coach said. "That’s unfortunate. I told the team I wish I would have done a couple of things better."
The defeat all but mathematically eliminated the ninth-ranked Tigers from winning the Southeastern Conference Western Division championship. LSU has a chance -- albeit a slim one -- to represent the West in the title game if it somehow manages to end in a three-way tie for first place with Alabama and Texas A&M.
For that unlikely scenario to happen Alabama would have to lose to the Aggies and Auburn, which hasn’t won a SEC game this season. Of course, LSU has to beat its final three opponents -- No. 22 Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
The Tigers players had two priorities this season -- get a measure of revenge for their 21-0 loss to Alabama in last season’s national title game and return to the national championship game in January.
Now, barring a totally unexpected series of results, there will be no titles for this LSU team.