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The Sports Troll: SEC race a mess, but LSU’s in it

I guess we should have heeded the warning and known something was woefully wrong when Auburn got swept by dreadful Alabama.

Just days after the Tide shocked the SEC and swept Auburn, LSU did the same, trouncing the War Eagles over three games at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU looked good against the War Eagles – as good as they have all season. The Tigers trounced the SEC’s other Tigers in every, single phase – outhitting them, out pitching them and getting key, clutch hits.

I made it a point to say all three of Auburn’s mascots in this column, by the way!

With the wins, LSU is now one ingredient in a massive alphabet soup that is the SEC Championship race.

The Tigers lead the SEC Western Division with an 18-9 record – a whole game better than Mississippi State, whom the Tigers will face this weekend.

Also with a small shot at the Western Division crown is Arkansas, which is 16-10.
LSU leads the West, but trails Florida by one game in the quest for the overall title.
The Gators sit at 19-8 – one game ahead of LSU. This weekend, they will face Kentucky, which his 18-9.

So here’s the complicated part.

Because both Florida and Kentucky own head-to-head tie breakers on LSU, there is only one path for the Tigers to win the crown.

LSU must sweep Mississippi State this weekend and get to 21-9 in the league, while Kentucky has to take two out of three games from Florida to make both teams 20-10.

Any other outcome and LSU cannot win the SEC Title, which on the surface isn’t a huge deal, but no regular season SEC Champion has ever not been a national seed, so that’s some food for thought.

For LSU, the goal is to keep pushing against the Bulldogs – try and build on the foundation laid last weekend.

With Lange, Poche and Walker all coming off quality starts, LSU must build on those pitching performances and hope to continue forward.

It’s easier said than done, and at this point, I’m probably just rambling.

But to be 18-9 and in first place in the SEC West wasn’t a likely scenario a few weeks ago. These Tigers are playing their best ball at the right time, and my friends, that has to count for something.

Aranda encourages LSU faithful

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda made a speaking engagement in Baton Rouge on Monday night as part of the Tiger Tour.

According to reports, Aranda had a lot of encouraging things to say to the LSU faithful pertaining to the team’s defense.

Of note:

-Aranda said he believes LSU will be sound at linebacker, despite a perceived lack of depth
-The LSU offense was incredibly difficult to prepare for during spring practices
-He expects Arden Key back with the team during the summer
-Despite younger players, he believes this year’s defense can achieve a lot of the same success last year’s group did.

I hope he’s right.

I have no reason not to believe him.

Through one season in Baton Rouge, that guy’s been worth the hype – a true defensive guru.

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