If LSU needed any more motivation for Saturday’s regular season finale against Texas A&M besides last year’s controversial 74-72 seven-overtime road loss to the Aggies, the Tigers got it Tuesday.
Despite being ranked No. 1 in the AP and Coaches polls after a 56-20 victory over Arkansas, the College Football Playoff committee dropped the 11-0 Tigers to No. 2 behind Ohio State.
The 11-0 Buckeyes edged past LSU after beating Penn State, 28-17, last Saturday.
After Ohio State and LSU, defending national champ Clemson is No. 3 and one-loss Georgia is No. 4.
LSU and Georgia will play in the SEC championship game Dec. 7. No. 5 Alabama closes the regular season Saturday at Auburn.
Though LSU had a better strength of schedule than Ohio State with three wins over current ranked CFP teams (No. 5 Alabama, No. 11 Florida and No. 15 Auburn), the committee gave the Buckeyes (with wins over No. 10 Penn State, No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 19 Cincinnati) the top spot.
CFP selection committee chairman Rob Mullens said the committee felt Ohio State had the better overall team, noting LSU’s uneven defensive performances.
“Ohio State is a complete team,” Mullens said. “It’s that complete team piece. Ohio State has been really good on both sides of the ball.
“They (Ohio State and LSU) are obviously both good on the offensive side. That win over Penn State solidified Ohio State is a little better on the defensive side of the ball.”
Ohio State leads all 130 FBS teams in scoring offense (49.4 ppg) and scoring defense (10.5 ppg allowed). LSU is third in scoring offense (48.5 ppg) and No. 42 in scoring defense (23.5).
The CFP is bending over backwards to find a way to keep Ohio
state in lst instead of LSU with the better record. Don’t forget LSU also beat Texas in the first game when Texas was ranked #9 at the time. LSU should beat Georgia for the SEC title and that would leave an opening for Alabama to take over the #4 spot and face Ohio State ( #1). Let’s see if they are a better team than Alabama or LSU on the playing field.
It’s more about what they don’t want to happen. They have bama sitting a #5 and feel if they will move to #4 in the final rankings. They don’t want LSU vs bama and they don’t want to assure a SEC team in the Championship game. That’s why they did it. Remember #1 gets #4 in the first playoff game and that most likely would have been LSU vs bama. What’s funny is this could bite them in the rear and I would hope it would. bama beats osu in the first playoff.
Nothing has changed with the College Football Playoff Committee. LSU, Coach Orgeron, Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and most of the players on the field have always had to prove themselves time and time again before anyone believes they are the best. LSU is the best team with the best players, the best coaching staff, and the best fans. Show up Saturday to the game and for the 12th time this year, LSU will prove it again on the field. If you remember or have done previous research, most announcers said Coach O was not the right man for the job, they said he was the third choice, even some previous players stated that on tv. Anybody can be wrong, I just wish they would make a public apology to Coach Orgeron on tv just like they announced on tv he wasn’t the right choice, that person even said we will be singing Kumbaya just like they did when Coach Miles was about to get fired. Earlier this year right before the season started I researched the top 50 rated players in college football and they did not even have Joe Burrow listed, now all he has to do is have a decent game and the Heisman Trophy will be given to him for being the best player in all of college football. Nobody believed Clyde was big enough, fast enough, strong enough, or was good as a receiver too. Clyde has proven he is the Workhorse of the team, he has so far this year alone gained 1,146 yards on 164 carries, he averages 7 yards a carry, 15 touchdowns, 89 yard longest run (remember he was just going to get LSU a couple of yards for a 1st down on that carry) 39 receptions for 289 yards, averages 7.4 yards per reception, 1 touchdown pass, (remember that one, Joe put a rifle shot pass to him in the end zone at Bama, right after LSU had intercepted the ball). Clyde’s longest pass run is 15 yards, and 0 fumbles, he has 15 kickoff attempts and gained 199 yards, his longest return on a kickoff is 38 yards, Clyde has proven himself over so many times, he is a great player and a great human being to look up to. LSU has set records this year with having a pair of receivers gain over 1,000 yards each, a running back with over 1,000 yards total. Joe Burrow set more records Saturday night against Arkansas by making LSU to become the first team in the SEC to have 4.000 yards passing . All of these stats will be higher after the A&M game. Clyde is a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award that is presented to the best running back in the nation and the Paul Hornung Award given to the most versatile player in college football. Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase are semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award that is presented to the best receivers in college football, Joe is the lead man for the Heisman Trophy, and a finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the college player of the year, and nominated for the Davey O’Brien Award. Grant Delpit is nominated as one of three for the Thorpe Award, the nations best defensive back. Please watch ESPN on Thursday night December 12, 2019 to see our outstanding athletes attend the ceremony and possibly take home the most prestigious awards in college football. Please come to the game Saturday, it is our last home game of 2019 and what a wonderful year the players and coaching staff have given us fans. The TIGERS have won all of their games and the memories will live on forever. Thank you to everyone that has made this year possible, from the Head Coach, to the players, to the grounds keeper, to the fans, big and small. I love LSU football games are a family event that old, young, any age, fans can share and enjoy. TIGERS, please go out again and prove to the world, LSU is the BEST in all of college football. GOD bless ya’ll and keep you safe. Go TIGERS !!!