LSU proved something nationally in that loss to Alabama

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The playoff picture

Fret not, LSU fans. If the College Football Playoff included 32 teams, the Tigers would be in.

The second edition of the 2017 College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night, and LSU came in at No. 24, down five spots from a week ago. Among three-loss teams, only Iowa, Iowa State and North Carolina State rank higher. Among SEC schools, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State rank higher.

Of course, none of this really matters. LSU has no shot of making the College Football Playoff this season. If the Tigers make it into the final four, something seriously wrong has happened. But it’s reassuring to know that LSU proved itself enough against Alabama that a third loss didn’t completely bounce the Tigers from the rankings. A 7-2 team such as Michigan isn’t ranked in the Top 25, but LSU is.

Beating Alabama would’ve been legendary. But losing to the Tide as close as LSU did had some worth as well. National voters are recognizing that LSU might be a better team on the field than it is on paper and is definitely a better team than it was two months ago.

Again, this is a horseshoes-and-hand grenades argument. Almost isn’t good enough. But there is some consolation. And right now, that’s good enough to cheer up some of the gloomier Tigers fans out there.

News of the world

LSU football news keeps spinning. In case you missed them, here are some headlines from Tuesday that you might enjoy, courtesy of SEC Country:

On the diamond

The LSU baseball team held Game 1 of the 2017 Purple and Gold World Series on Tuesday night, a fall scrimmage where the gold team led by outfielder Zach Watson and power hitter Bryce Jordan defeated the purple team, led by outfielder Antoine Duplantis and infielder Josh Smith, 9-4.

I spent the evening at Alex Box to take in the game and came out with three observations about how the fall has looked. But the Purple and Gold World Series doesn’t end there. The Tigers will return to Alex Box on Thursday evening for Game 2 and again on Friday for Game 3.

Attendance is completely free so, if you’re in the Baton Rouge area, feel free to stop by. If you’re planning on it, reach out in the comments section below. I’ll never say no to talking baseball with folks.

Elsewhere in LSU baseball news

Former LSU shortstop and Colorado second baseman DJ LeMahieu received his second career Gold Glove on Tuesday night, joining teammate Nolan Arenado as the Rockies to earn them in 2017.

LeMahieu led all National League second baseman in assists, double plays, fielding percentage, defensive WAR and range factor in 2017. Additionally, he hit .310 with 95 runs, 64 RBI, 40 extra-base hits and an OPS of .783. For his efforts, LeMahieu was invited to the second All-Star Game of his career.

In LSU basketball news

The Chicago Bulls recalled former LSU basketball player Antonio Blakeney from the G-League to the NBA roster Tuesday night. Blakeney did not play in the Bulls’ loss versus the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, but he will be eligible to play moving forward.

Blakeney, who went undrafted this offseason before the Bulls signed him as a free agent, was LSU’s leading scorer in the Tigers’ disastrous 2016-17 season that culminated in Johnny Jones’ firing.

Elsewhere in the NBA, former Blakeney teammate and No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons continued his all-out assault on stat sheets everywhere Tuesday night, posting 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the 76ers’ win over the Utah Jazz. Simmons is averaging 18 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Nov. 8 is “ National Cappuccino Day.” As someone who has never so much as had a sip of coffee and recently quit caffeine, this holiday isn’t much for me.

Though I will say this: Many of my favorite TV scenes have been had over coffee, probably many of which were cappuccinos. So, I do feel that odd kinship watching an episode of Frasier or Seinfeld and feeling like I’m right there with them in a coffee shop.

But, of course, I’m going to end this by linking to a clip from Friends. Because this scene really does need to be shared more.

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