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COLUMN: Game lost, not hope

LSU coach Les Miles

In the aftermath of LSU's loss to Alabama, reality has set in that the Tigers won't return to the BCS title game. But the team's performance did provide plenty of reason for hope in the future.

Les Miles says it all the time. LSU's program is "built to win championships." It stands to reason then that nobody – be it player, coach or fan for the Tigers – is a happy camper this Monday morning walking into school, the office or wherever a typical day takes them. They all know the ultimate goal in 2012, an early January trip to South Beach, no longer dangles like a carrot on the end of a...

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