http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/4582413-123/rabalais-lsu-tigers-get-no But LSU deserved the SEC’s fourth-best pick. That’s the Cotton or the Outback. They’re on the same line of the SEC bowl hierarchy. But instead, the teams in those bowls, Texas A&M and South Carolina, are the teams that LSU beat. They are teams that LSU is still ranked ahead of (A&M is No. 9, South Carolina No. 10). In a way, LSU can blame itself. Not because it didn’t lobby hard to get into the Cotton or Outback (it really did), but because the Tigers have no flashy marquee player like Johnny Football, having been forced to punt the Honey Badger in August. They have no flashy end-of-season wins, having closed after the Alabama loss by beating Mississippi State by 20 (it could have been much closer), Ole Miss by six and Arkansas by seven. Still, LSU deserved better. As long as the SEC is pulling strings and calling in markers, the Tigers deserved to have the SEC say, “Hey, Aggies, you’re the new kids here. You’re going to the Chick-fil-A. LSU has been at the adults’ table for 80 years. We’re going to take care of them first.” Instead, LSU was the only one of the six top-10 BCS schools from the SEC that didn’t get any of what it wanted. Really, is this unexpected? This is the same SEC that when knocking together its slip-shod 2013 football schedule stuck LSU with a road trip to Georgia on top of its permanent SEC East game against Florida. Meanwhile, Alabama kept its permanent SEC East game with Tennessee and added a road trip to Kentucky. UK’s football program is in such bad shape the SEC should have sent the Red Cross instead. Tennessee isn’t much better. They went a combined 1-15 in SEC play this year. Georgia and Florida were 14-2. Anyone care to guess who will be favored to win the SEC West?