Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
LSU was one of a handful of SEC teams that closed the regular season with a whimper. The defending national champion Tigers lost three of their last four games and gave up more than 30 points in each of their final three games.
It was a far cry from the defensive standard the 2007 national championship team set, and coach Les Miles is apparently going to shake up his staff a bit.
The Tigers (7-5) just never found any rhythm. They struggled at quarterback, where redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee threw seven interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. They struggled to make any game-changing plays on defense. They were the first consensus national champion since Ohio State in 1943 to follow their national title with a losing conference record.
It's still a team that's capable and a team with several players on its roster that will go on to play in the NFL.
They will need to play that way in the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl matchup against a Georgia Tech team that's red-hot. The Yellow Jackets (9-3) run a version of the triple-option that gives defenses fits, especially when you're not used to seeing it. Running back Jonathan Dwyer is the main cog with 1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns.