Rooting for rivals

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Its 10-2 regular season complete, LSU will spend the last college football Saturday doing what most college football fans do this time of year.

Watching games on TV.

"I'll eat a little Mrs. Miles' cooking and I'll watch (some games)," LSU coach Les Miles said after Friday's 20-13 win over Arkansas.

There's plenty for LSU to watch.

At 6-2 in the SEC, LSU can finish anywhere from first to tied for second in the SEC West and could end the day anywhere from the Outback Bowl to the SEC championship game, with an outside shot at the BCS title game.

"Nerve-racking? It can be," offensive tackle Josh Dworaczyk said. "It's out of your hands now."

There's a good chance that after it's all said and done, it'll come down to a beauty contest for LSU. Would LSU be a more attractive Sugar Bowl team choice than a similarly 10-2 Texas A&M or the loser of the SEC championship game?

But are the Tigers BCS-worthy?

"Definitely," wide receiver Jarvis Landry said. "I think we showed that to everybody when we played against Alabama. These past few weeks, yeah it's been a little shaky, but once we get it going, once we get it rolling, we are tough to beat."

If there was one part of LSU's game that was a thing of beauty Friday, it was Landry's beautiful, one-handed grab of a Zach Mettenberger pass for a 22-yard touchdown in the second quarter against Arkansas.

Otherwise, LSU hasn't done much for itself lately in terms of style points. The Tigers were 11-point favorites at Arkansas, but found themselves hanging on for dear life at the end, with the Razorbacks throwing an incomplete pass into LSU's end zone on the game's last play. This is a week after the Tigers rallied late to beat Ole Miss, a 19-point underdog, 41-35.

A few things need to happen to boost LSU's case.

First, Auburn would need to beat Alabama. LSU would win a three-way tie with Alabama and Texas A&M and would then face Georgia next Saturday in the SEC title game.

Does this make LSU want to say "War Eagle" Saturday?

"I won't do that," junior safety Eric Reid said. "But I'll be pulling for them."

Second, if Florida State were to beat Florida, that would make LSU a far more attractive BCS at-large team, if the Tigers were eliminated from the SEC title race. If the Gators win, they would have wins over four teams currently in the BCS top 10. That's hard to ignore for an at-large berth.

But if LSU hasn't looked its best lately, Florida has looked worse, needing a late blocked punt to beat Louisiana-Lafayette and slogging through a win over Jacksonville State. The Gators don't look the part, but if they find a way to beat the Seminoles, they'd have a resume that looks very BCS-like.

A bad day for LSU would consist of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Texas A&M all winning, especially if Florida and Texas A&M are impressive in their games.

If that happens, Alabama and Georgia would play for the SEC championship with the winner pretty much guaranteed a spot in the BCS championship game. Florida, at 11-1, would be too good for the Sugar to pass up. And with Johnny Manziel possibly winning the Heisman Trophy, the Cotton would likely want to feature A&M and Manziel against one of their former Big 12 rivals.

In a perfect world, all four of those teams lose, leaving LSU sitting pretty. But that's asking for a lot of help.

"It's out of our hands, but we've had some help before," said Dworaczyk, who was a redshirt freshman on LSU's 2007 national championship which got much help in its run to be the only two-loss BCS champion. "We could sure use some (more luck) [Saturday]."