Does LSU Need to Run Up the Score to Get Attention?

The national debate rages on about which two college football teams should wind up in this year's national championship game, and whether Les Miles' LSU Tigers should be one of them. The Tigers are #2 in this week's BCS standings and all the major polls, but other schools are gaining ground as we head into the final four weeks of the season. WAFB Sports Director Steve Schneider has the latest from Tigertown, where Miles bristled at the suggestion he should consider trying to run up the score in this week's homecoming game against Louisiana Tech.

The question is no different than what we saw last season when Florida needed votes to get into a national championship match with Ohio State. Once there, the Gators showed the rest of the country what kind of talent it takes to win an SEC title, but will LSU get that chance?

The Tigers do have an impressive 5-1 ledger against nationally-ranked teams this season. The one loss came in triple overtime, but so many of those victories have been so unbelievably close and dramatic, and filled with so many mistakes that most of the influential national media members now call Miles' Tigers lucky to be in the hunt. Saturday's come-from-behind 7-point win at #17 Alabama included a 2nd quarter stretch that almost spelled disaster with three turnovers and eight penalties.

Practice was closed to the media Monday, but Miles says he expected quarterback Ryan Perrilloux to return to his role as Matt Flynn's back-up for Louisiana Tech. Miles says he is still looking into details of the fight at The Varsity, but does not expect anything to change. He says he's handling any further discipline in-house.