The race for the college football championship is on, and 10 games into the season, the Louisiana State University Tigers are leading the pack as the teams eye a potential showdown for the January 9, 2012 title at the All state BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently sporting a 10-0 record, coach Les Miles’ Tigers are powering their way through the schedule with an efficient offense and a punishing defense, hoping to stamp their BCS ticket to college football’s biggest game.
Although not a highly-ranked offensive unit, the Tigers are still rated 99th in passing yards and 30th in rushing yards as they have piled up at least 35 points in 8 of their 10 games. The defense, on the other hand, has been dominant, allowing a stingy 10 points per game, helping to lead the way to wins over 6 ranked opponents. Their signature win for the season came on November 5th when they upended then-second ranked Alabama 9-6 in overtime, creating the one game that separates the two SEC foes in the standings. The three point victory at Alabama was also the only game this year that an opponent has been within 10 points of topping LSU.
Should LSU run the table, its likely opponent would be Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are second in the BCS rankings while leading the pack in the Big 12 conference. With LSU’s balanced offensive attack and smothering defense, the Tigers have been the season-long favorites to turn a virtual home game at the BCS championship into their coronation as the 2012 champs of college football. The team has a proven coach and experienced leadership on the field, making it the favorite to take the title. BCS tickets are generally difficult to get, but they could be especially tough to find this year as the #1 Tigers look to finish a perfect season with a national title in their home state.