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Is LSU having the best season ever?

Updated: November 30, 2011, 3:28 PM ET
By Jeff Gold

There's an obvious difference between being the "best team ever" and the team that had the "best season ever." For the sake of this piece, let's only focus on the latter.

LSU (9-2 ATS, 10.91 Margin of Cover) has to be at least considered for having the greatest season ever if it beats Georgia in the SEC Championship, and then defeats (presumably) Alabama in the BCS National Championship game.

Let's start with this: LSU would be the only team in history to beat four teams that were ranked in the top four (when they played them) and finish the season undefeated. According to BCS expert Brad Edwards, the 1943 Notre Dame Fighting Irish was the only other team to beat four top-four teams, and the Irish finished the year 9-1. Notre Dame beat seven teams in the top 13, but lost its season finale to Great Lakes.

And that's just the start. Two of those top-4 wins would be against No. 2 Alabama, with one of the wins on the road and the other in a bowl game. In addition to the two theoretical Alabama wins, the Arkansas win and the Oregon win, LSU would have victories over No. 12 Georgia (in this hypothetical), No. 16 West Virginia, No. 17 Florida, No. 19 Auburn and No. 25 Mississippi State.

Words like historic often get thrown around lightly, but if LSU manages to pull these final two victories off, it will deserve every accolade imaginable.

Regarding the upcoming SEC championship matchup against Georgia (current line is LSU minus-13.5), this is a game that is usually a blowout. In the last five years, the winner of the SEC title game has won by an average of 17 points and then has gone on to win the National Championship each year.

As we head to the final week of the college football season, let's take a look at some of the other games that affect top-10 BALLS (Best Average Line for Length of Season. Numbers courtesy of Sal Selvaggio from MadduxSports.com) teams.

The most significant matchup is Bedlam in Stillwater. Oklahoma State (8-3 ATS, 5.86 MOC) still has (unrealistic) dreams of playing for a BCS title, and will need an impressive win to even keep that slim hope alive. Oklahoma (6-5 ATS, 0.5 MOC) has won the last eight matchups in the rivalry, including the last four by at least 20 points. Both teams figure to move the ball with ease.

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