The enormous sound and fury that gradually faded away during the Alabama game seemed to signal the end of the meaningful part of the LSU football schedule and the beginning of a string to be played out.
When the College Football Playoff committee dropped 7-2 LSU only from No. 3 to No. 7 in this week’s Top 25, it left open a path for the Tigers to earn one of the four CFP semifinal bids. That path is exceedingly narrow — the website FiveThirtyEight.com rates a 10-2 LSU team’s chances of making the playoffs at 10 percent — but it does exist.