The 2019 LSU Tigers Will Go Down As One of the Greatest Teams in History
That’s all she wrote, folks. Another season of college football is in the books, and what a year it was for the 2019 LSU Tigers. Last night, they defeated the defending champs, the Clemson Tigers, 42-25. LSU finishes the season at 15-0, completing one of the greatest seasons we’ve ever seen in college football history.
Clemson came out of the gate strong, jumping out to a 17-7 lead early. It looked like Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow might not have the fairy tale ending he wanted to conclude the 2019 season. But, once they figured out what Dabo Swinney and company were trying to do, they settled in, and really started pouring it on Clemson. The Clemson defensive backs had no answer for that vaunted LSU receiving corps.
The incredible duo of Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson both went over 100 yards. Chase caught nine balls for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He could’ve had a third touchdown reception but he dropped the ball in the end zone. Jefferson went for 106 yards on nine catches. Tight end Thaddeus Moss had a pair of touchdown grabs as well, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire averaged 6.9 yards per carry.
Burrow put on another masterpiece, finishing 31/49 for 463 yards and FIVE touchdowns. He also tacked on 58 gutsy rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to boot. Once this LSU offense got going, they simply couldn’t be stopped. Trevor Lawrence didn’t seem quite right, playing one of the worst games he’s played. The LSU defense frustrated and confused him all night. Where his running ability was the difference against Ohio State, he couldn’t find that same success against LSU.
So, now the 2019 LSU Tigers are 15-0, they have a Heisman Trophy, and capped it all off with a National Championship. What makes this a historic team, though, is the way they did it.
That schedule was ridiculous. Seven wins over teams that were ranked in the top 10 at the time. They had to knock off the defending champions to win the National Championship. They smoked the Big 12 champions. In the SEC Championship, they stomped Georgia. Then, there’s the gauntlet that is the SEC – playing, and beating, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, and Texas A&M.
No one could beat this team.
LSU opponents won…— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) January 14, 2020
The Big 12
The SEC East
The Orange Bowl
The Fiesta Bowl
The Sugar Bowl
The Citrus Bowl
The Alamo Bowl
The Texas Bowl
7 were ranked in the top 10 when they played.
Then, you factor in Burrow’s season, a season that some are already calling the greatest single season in college football history. His 60 passing touchdowns are 1st in FBS history. His 65 total touchdowns responsible for is also first. And, he’s one of just five guys to go undefeated, win the Heisman, and win the National Championship in a single season. It’s rare air, for sure. Burrow is likely going to be rewarded with being the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft later this spring for it.
Of course, you have to mention Ed Orgeron in all of this. How can you not be happy for Coach O? Born in Larose, Louisiana, the hometown guy grew up with dreams about coaching the LSU Tigers. His thick Cajun accent made him a fan favorite online. But, I don’t feel like he was ever truly taken seriously as a head coach until now – look at the way his tenure as the Ole Miss head coach ended. USC passed him over to hire Steve Sarkisian back in 2013. He worked his way back through the ranks at LSU, and when Les Miles departed Baton Rouge, he got the opportunity. Look where he is now.
The game being IN New Orleans was incredibly special for that season and offered up a memorable setting for what was essentially the home team. They’re probably still partying on Bourbon Street. For good reason – this team is one of the all-time greats.
You really can’t help but feel good for the 2019 LSU Tigers. People are going to be talking about this game and this team for a long, long time.
Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD and #BeBetter. “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley