The highlight of an epic 150th college football season was LSU’s win over Clemson in the College Footbal National Championship game. Their win capped off an outstanding year for the Tigers, with a 15-0 record at season’s end. This feat had only happened twice since 1899 when the University of Chicago went 16-0.
Will this win cement a place for LSU in the ranks of the greatest ever? We believe it will. CBS sports concurs. Their article touts, “Best team. Best season. Best player. And for this season, the best coach. Of all time.”
Will LSU claim the ‘Best of All Time title?
Let’s review the reasons why LSU will be considered the greatest of all time. During the 2019 college football season, the team scored a total of 726 points; their opponents scored 328.
Quarterback Joe Burrow threw 60 touchdowns — a new college single-season record. He was a nationwide leader in accuracy, throwing for over 50 touchdowns and 5,000 plus yards. Other significant milestones include:
- LSU led the nation in scoring. The last time an SEC team did this was 24 years ago.
- The team was No. 1 in scoring offense, beating the No. 1 scoring defense by 17 points.
- LSU’s defense, ranked No. 29, was among the lowest-ranked defenses to win a national championship title.
- They are the second team ever to score over 700 points.
- The team won the college football playoffs by a combined 60 points.
- Of LSU’s 91 touchdown drives, 71 happened in three minutes or less.
- Burrow racked up the most all-time total yards at 521 in the title game, including a record-breaking five touchdown throws.
- The Heisman trophy winner, Burrow should be the number No. 1 overall draft pick.
- Additionally, in mock drafts, four other LSU players are projected to go in the first round: safety Grant Delpit, cornerback Kristian Fulton, edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, and wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
How many top-10 teams did LSU beat this season?
No. 9: Texas
During the September 7, 2019, Burrow passed for 471 yards and threw four touchdowns — one went 61 yards. Texas answered a half-time deficit of 20-7. During the second half, the teams had seven dueling TDs. LSU closed out the game, winning 45-38.
No. 7: Florida
The October 12, 2019 game saw Burrow pass for 293 yards while the Tigers held off the national leaders in interceptions and SEC in sacks without giving up any to the Gators. Although Florida had a 28-21 lead at the half, LSU won, 42-28.
No. 9: Auburn
LSU persevered in the October 26, 2019 game against Auburn. Coach Orgeron call the game a “gut check” and said the Tigers “didn’t want to be denied,” reports ESPN. Burrow survived three sacks from the determined Auburn defense.
Auburn took the lead and held it through late in the third quarter in part because Burrow was intercepted on the Auburn two-yard line by Roger McCreary. Burrow capped off the game with a seven-yard rushing touchdown, however, ending the game 23-13.
No. 2: Alabama
Burrow answered each challenge in the November 9, 2019 game against Alabama, passing for 393 yards and three touchdowns. His performance sealed the deal on his Heisman Trophy frontrunner status.
The Crimson Tide didn’t let a 33-13 halftime deficit stand for long. Tua Tagovailoa was “21 of 40 for 418 yards and four touchdowns with an interception and a fumble.” The Tigers ended the game with a 46-41 win.
No. 4: Georgia
Burrow dazzled fans at the December 7, 2019 game against Georgia. He claimed the MVP with his performance, throwing for 349 yards and four touchdowns. Plus, Burrow was the second leading rusher, with 41 yards on 11 carries. The Tigers won 37-10, cementing a place in the College Football Playoff.
No 4: Oklahoma
Burrow, fresh off his Heisman Trophy win, threw for seven touchdowns and 493 yards, routing the Bulldogs in the Peach Bowl on December 28, 2019. Burrow tied for the most touchdown passes in any college bowl game, with seven. LSU led 49-14 at halftime and closed out the game-winning 63-28 and a spot in the National Championship game.
No. 3: Clemson
Burrow proved again that he’s “one of the greatest players in LSU history,” coach Orgeron told ESPN. He ended his epic season as the Tigers’ QB by throwing five touchdown passes and running in for another.
On January 13, 2019, LSU won the college football national championship game 42-25. The win ended Burrow’s college career and finished “the most accomplished season in college football history.”
Will LSU be compared to the undefeated Miami and Nebraska teams?
Of course, people will compare the 2019 LSU football team to the 1995 Nebraska and 2001 Miami teams. However, it’s hard to imagine a more utterly enthralling college football season than this one.
Compare away, but one thing is for sure everything about the 2019 college football season, and particularly the LSU Tigers’ performance, will not soon be forgotten.
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