I think LSU has lot a lot of ground in the national media credibility department. Our embarrassing loss on 1/9/12, our season-long offensive and scoring ineptness, and our three losses in 2012 (the flat Florida game, the Alabama give-away game, and most recently the embarrassing bowl loss to Clemson), have all contributed to this erosion of image. Plus we have a coach who could potentially become known as the Joe Biden of college football for his game-time coaching gaffes.
So to weigh in on the original question, I really don't feel LSU has a shot at a NC for the next several years. Not unless Les Miles gets the offensive house in order and gets serious about really turning things around.
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