We are only hours away from crowning college football’s national champion as undefeated LSU and undefeated Clemson get set to meet in the Sugar Bowl for the grand prize. It’s Tigers versus Tigers and here are some things you should know ahead of time.
1. LSU won the hype video contest… by a lot.
Is LSU’s video team better than its football team? It is certainly better than Clemson’s video team.
"Many Tiger fans would swear they make magic…"
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 13, 2020
If you watched that first one, there’s no way you can predict anything but LSU by a million.
2. It’s the nation’s No. 1 offense versus its No. 1 defense.
LSU averages 47.6 points per game to Clemson’s 11.3 points allowed per game. Something has to budge.
For what it’s worth, the total on the game is currently at 67 and LSU’s team total is 37.5.
3. LSU has already beaten Clemson in New Orleans as a national champion with a Heisman winner… 60 years ago.
Rewind all the way back to 1959 and you’ll find national champion LSU beating Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Led by Heisman winner Billy Cannon at halfback, LSU entered the game as a 15-point favorite and walked away victorious by the exciting score of 7-0.
I think we’ll see a few more points tonight.
4. In fact, all three of LSU’s national championships were won in New Orleans.
I know the destination was set years ago, but isn’t it a little unfair toward Clemson? I mean, have you seen Bourbon Street lately???
THEY PLAYED NECK ON BOURBON STREET ??? pic.twitter.com/rwsA1qpIPH
— Old Row (@OldRowOfficial) January 13, 2020
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said, “It would be like us playing the National Championship in Greenville, South Carolina, 40 minutes up the road.”
5. The guy who ejected Benny Snell from the Music City Bowl is one of the officials.
Chris Coyte, who infamously tossed Benny Snell from the 2018 Music City Bowl, is part of the Pac-12 team calling tonight’s game. As with all conversations regarding officials, I will refrain from comment other than to say all officiating crews give their best.
6. Clemson is playing to become the first back-to-back champion in the College Football Playoff era.
This is Clemson’s fourth straight trip to the big game, but the opponent is new. After three years of Alabama, Clemson will have to knock off another SEC team, LSU, to earn its fourth championship in school history and the third in that four-year span.76. The Tigers (the Clemson ones) can make it 30 straight wins.
Clemson enters this game having won 29 consecutive games, which is wild. Win one more and the Tigers will become only the 13th team in the sport’s history to win 30 in a row.
7. Coach O is 11-3 against top 10 teams at LSU.
Orgeron is 11-0 against top 10 teams not named Alabama, so, Coach O is undefeated against non-Alabama top 10 teams. 9.
8. Joe Burrow doesn’t throw many incompletions. Clemson doesn’t give up many completions.
LSU’s Heisman winner completed at least 70 percent of his throws in every game this season, an average of 77.6 percent on the year. Across the way, Clemson hasn’t allowed an opponent to complete more than 70 percent of passes in a game since 2012.
Burrow can set a new record for completion percentage in a season tonight. He can also break Colt McCoy’s touchdown record if he throws four.
9. This guy is ready.
We won’t know if LSU and Clemson come out ready to play until they line up between the hash marks. This guy, though — he is all the way ready. (If he’s still standing.)
10. ESPN is shoving this game in your face.
ESPN is doing its “MegaCast” with 15 different presentations: nine on your television, six on the ESPN app. That all seems a little much, but it shows the attention this game will draw.
Now, it’s almost time to tune in for what should be one very entertaining college football game before we shut it all down until the fall.
Go Tigers. Give us a good one.