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Bill Haber, Associated Press
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson throws during practice for the BCS Championship at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan 5, 2012. LSU will face Alabama in the BCS Championship game on Monday.

NEW ORLEANS — Jarrett Lee kept LSU's championship hopes alive.

Jordan Jefferson is trying to see them through to the finish.

Lee was the starter early in the season, leading the Tigers to a perfect start. But he struggled mightily when the top-ranked Tigers played Alabama in November, and Jefferson came into the game and led LSU to a 9-6 victory in overtime. He hasn't given up the starting job since.

The two quarterbacks have taken plenty of big-game snaps for LSU, often shuffling in and out of the lineup at coach Les Miles' whim. But there is little doubt heading into Monday night's BCS title game — a rematch against Alabama — that this has become Jefferson's team.

Still, Lee will be standing on the sideline, ready whenever he's called upon.