The kid saw the writing on the wall. LSU already has commitments from Khari Gee and will sign Sage Ryan in the 2021 class and have commitments from the #2 (Bryan Allen Jr.) and #4 Safeties (Bryce Anderson) for the 2022 class. They'll be more selective with their remaining safeties schoolies!! Geaux Tigers!!
Why would Caleb Williams choose Oklahoma? So, he can have huge stats because defense is optional in the Big 12 and possibly win the Heisman? Check out B. Mayfield (49 TD 35 INT 85.9 QB Rating) and Kyler Murry's (20 TD 12 INT 87 QB Rating) NFL stats... OU doesn't prepare you for the NFL, it just allows you to inflate your stats. How has Oklahoma done in the CFB Playoffs - zero wins - zero defense. Can Williams overcome his opponent scoring 7 TD's (LSU) in the first half!?! Go to the SEC and prepare yourself for the NFL!
If you were C. Williams, why would you go to Oklahoma? Sure, they have had 2 Heisman winners and a runner-up but they have yet to win a CFB Playoff game! Does he really think he can overcome a defense giving up 7 TD's in the 1st half against the National Champs!?! Go to the SEC where teams, actually, play defense and prepare yourself for the NFL.
Prep for the NFL by coming to LSU and playing against the best. Fourteen (14) players were taken in the draft, five (5) in the first (1st) round! LSU had as many players taken in Round-One as the entire Big10... LSU won, pretty much, every CFB post-season award in the sport and all 20 available players ended up on a NFL Roster. Why play anywhere else?
I see this guy's potential to be a great center for LSU. Add some strength and weight, should be excellent at calling-out the blocking assignments for the O-line. We'll see how this all shakes out for the upcoming season but it gives me pause about our O-line depth for 2020.
Donte, all of LSU Nation is pulling for you to turn this around. Don't let the haters deter you... LSU Nation is anxiously waiting your return!! Geaux Tigers!!
Exactly and how did he do? Against LSU and OSU he had a 50% completion % and 2 TD's. Pales in comparison to Burrows 76% Completion % and 60 TD's against 7 Ranked teams and the SEC West schedule (Ex. Clemson played another SEC West team and had 1 TD & 1 INT) to a team that finished 4th out of 7 teams in the West!
Lawrence will be a great QB in CFB and the NFL but remember this, Burrows garnered his stats (5671 yards, 60 TD's, only 6 INT's, completed 76% of his passes, registered as off target on 7.7% of his throws and posted a 94.9 total QBR) against 7 teams ranked in the Tip 10 and played in the toughest conference in CFB (SEC West). He's not running roughshod over the ACC patsies, like Lawrence... trust me, it makes a huge difference. Burrows possesses all the intangibles of Tom Brady, who doesn't match-up to the physicals that Lawrence has but it takes much more than physicals tools to perform against the best defenses in CFB. Please, name the ranked defenses that Lawrence played in 2019... I thought so!
Let's see, LSU has the 2019 #1 CB, 5-Star - Freshman of the Year, consensus All-American (D. Stingley) who is the Top Ranked Corner in CFB, 2017 #1 ranked, 5-star S and 3X SEC Defensive Player of the Week (J. Stevens), 2020-future 1st Round Selection and 5-Star (K. Fulton), and the Jim Thorpe winner and 2019 Consensus All American (G. Delpit). Everyone of these players will be playing in the NFL, in time. Meanwhile, Clemson's stats have been garnered in the ACC. A Conference, which was replaced by the American Athletic, as the #5 ranked Conference in the Power 5 (the ACC ranked 6th)! Totally inflated stats. You will see the LSU defense outplay the Clemson, all night long! LSU by 10-14!
Let me guess, Trace Armstrong is "leaking" this information so, that he can demand more money for his client. There is no way possible that Matt Rhule is going to give the O.C. job to a 30 yr. old, who has had a minor role with the Saints and 1 year on the job-training at LSU as the Passing Game Co-ordinator. This is Rhule's big opportunity... he's not going to risk it by hiring a guy with 1 yrs experience as an assistant. Please...
You are basing that on pure speculation. The only comparative metric that you can use is the common opponent, TX A&M. Clemson 24, TX A&M 10. LSU 50, TX A&M 7. I could list the stats of those games, so, you can make a better comparison but you seem to value "your opinion" over stats/facts - great commentary, btw.
Besides the ‘winning a national championship’ thing, Clyde Edwards-Helaire should have extra motivation against Clemson
He may be able to squat 700 pounds but his Heart is immeasurable!! He has been an absolute beast this season... the AL game is one for the ages, one of the most dominant performances that I have ever witnessed. It will go down in Tiger lore!! Good luck to CEH, whatever his choice after the NC may be!
I think you are going to see, LSU's defense outplay a Clemson defense, which is ranked #1 but has garnered their stats against inferior opponents. They played their first Top 10 team last week and were out gained in every statistical category. Remember, LSU has defeated 6 teams ranked in the Top 10 and 3 Offenses ranked in the Top 14 (OK, AL, & TX) and 5 teams ranked in the Top 50!
Moss has been unbelievable this season, not only for his pass catching abilities (best TE numbers ever) but for his aggressive blocking! I think he won't grade-out high enough to go this year and should come back to further enhance his chances for the 2021 NFL Draft. His pairing with Arik Gilbert in the 12 formation would just give LSU (Myles Brennan) another option to pair with J. Chase, T. Marshall, (and possibly J. Jefferson), along with T. Palmer, D. Lee, K. Boutte, J. Emory, et al in 2020. Would be another ridiculous amount of offensive talent!!
... and he was never heard from again.
Ugh, I didn't hear RB, which means they must not have Z. Evans in the fold!
This guy is a class act... easy to see that these two check their egos at the door and work together to call the perfect game!! Congrats to both Brady and Ensminger - Geaux Tigers!!
This Selection will lose all credibility if thy chose anyone other than LSU. They are trying to give credit to OSU for scheduling a Non-Power 5 Cincinnati at home, over a Power-5 Blueblood Texas team (at Home) that was ranked #9 and healthy!?! Not to mention, ranked Wisconsin (who lost to unranked Illinois) over FL, which only lost to Top-5 ranked LSU & GA? A Committee who left Penn St. in the Top 10 and Cincinnati in the Top 20? - Preposterous! The Committee has never strayed so far from the AP & Coaches Poll, which has LSU, clearly, where they should be ranked!
Let's see how the Committee spins this with OSU struggling with a mediocre Wisconsin team with little talent. They'll probably keep Cincinnati in the Top 25, keep Wisconsin over FL(that one is unexplainable), and move Penn St. up in the rankings because half of the higher-seeds lost in their Conference Championship Game! A total joke...
The Playoff Committee is attempting to give tOSU a pass to the NC Game. Wisconsin, Penn State, and Michigan are ranked seven spots higher in CFB rankings; than in the AP or Coaches Poll. Florida, Alabama, and Auburn are ranked six spots lower in CFP Poll than in AP or Coaches Poll. Ohio State is being protected to keep LSU from being the one seed. Take a look at tOSU's big wins (vs Talent using the 4-year Recruiting Averages - Current Rosters): Penn St is #11, Michigan is #12, Wisconsin is #28, and Cincinnati is #69. LSU's wins are against: (4-year Recruiting Averages) TX is #9, FL is #6, AU is #7, and AL is #1. In the SEC CG: GA is #2. LSU has beaten teams with more talent. The SEC has sent more players to the NFL for the past 7 years and the numbers aren't even close. In 2019, the SEC sent 64 (record) and the Big 10 sent 40. In 2018, the SEC sent 53 and the Big 10 sent 33 and so on and so on! Every CFB fan knows where the Talent lies... The CFB Ranking Committee is a SHAM!!!
In 2019, LSU has beaten 4 Top 10 ranked teams #9 TX, #7 FL, #9 AU, and #3 AL. While OSU has beaten #25 Michigan St. (now with a losing record), #13 Wisconsin, #8 Penn St., and #13 Michigan. Ohio St. plays in the Big 10, where the talent level is much, much less than in the SEC. Not my opinion, but fact. Take a look at the 4-year Recruiting Rankings between the Conferences. AL is #1, GA is #2, LSU is #3, FL is #6, AU is #7, TX A&M is #8 (TX, the team LSU beat before their team was reduced to a MASH unit is #9). Eleven (11) of the SEC’s 14 teams are ranked in the Top 25. Almost every team in the SEC is loaded with numerous 4-5 Star players. The Big 10, not so much. Ohio St. is #5, Penn St. #11, Michigan is #12, and Nebraska (5-7) is #20. That’s it for the Top 25. Further proof of the talent differential, the NFL Draft. For the past 7 years straight the SEC had the most players taken in the NFL draft and it hasn’t been close. In 2019, the SEC set a record for players taken with 64… the Big 10 had 40. In 2018, the SEC had 53 taken, the Big 10 had 33 and on and on for 7 straight years. More proof that the SEC is a better conference? Since 1998, when CFB decided to pit the #1 team against the #2 (hence no “Paper Titles”) the SEC has won 11 NC’s, the Big 10 (or should we say Ohio St.) 2. The SEC has won more than all other Conferences combined with TN, FL, AU, LSU, & AL winning titles and LSU, FL, & AL winning multiple titles. Since the formation of the CFB Playoffs, the Big 10 won the inaugural event in 2004 but their teams have failed to even score in the Playoff, ever since. (Michigan St. in 15-16 and OSU in 16-17). Let’s not forget the Ohio St. bowl record against the SEC is 2-10 with one of those OSU victories having to be vacated under a cloud of sanctions so, actually 1-10. Everything tells us that the SEC is stronger than the Big 10 and that LSU has the Harder schedule but the Committee says that OSU has passed the “Eye Test” – preposterous!! The CFB Playoff Poll is a SHAM.
"No disputing the Buckeyes’ bid for No. 1. They looked dominant." - Chris Wright Against who, really? They play in the Big 10, where the talent level is much, much less than teams in the SEC. Not my opinion, but fact. Take a look at the 4-year Recruiting Rankings between the Conferences. AL is #1, GA is #2, LSU is #3, FL is #6, AU is #7, TX A&M is #8 (TX, the team LSU beat before their team was reduced to a MASH unit, is #9), Eleven (11) of the SEC's 14 teams are ranked in the Top 25. Almost every team in the SEC is loaded with numerous 4-5 Star players. The Big 10, not so much. Ohio St. is #5, Penn St. #11, Michigan is #12, and Nebraska (5-7) is #20. That's it for the Top 25. Further proof of the talent differential, NFL Draft. For the past 7 years straight the SEC had the most players taken in the NFL draft and it hasn't been close. In 2019, the SEC set a record for players taken with 64... the Big 10 had 40. In 2018, the SEC had 53 taken, the Big 10 had 33 and on and on for 7 straight years. More proof that the SEC is a better conference? Since 1998, when CFB decided to pit the #1 team against the #2 (hence no "Paper Titles") the SEC has won 11 NC's, the Big 10 (or should we say Ohio St.) 2. The SEC has won more than all other Conferences combined! Since the formation of the CFB Playoffs, the Big 10 won the inaugural event in 2004 but their teams have failed to even score in the Playoff, ever since. (Michigan St. in 15-16 and OSU in 16-17). Let's not forget the Ohio St. bowl record against the SEC is 2-10 with one of those OSU victories having to be vacated under a cloud of sanctions so, actually 1-10. Not to mention that in 2019, LSU has beaten 4 Top 10 ranked teams #9 TX, #7 FL, #9 AU, and #3 AL. While OSU has beaten #25 Michigan St. (no with a losing record), #13 Wisconsin, #8 Penn St., and #13 Michigan. Everything tells us that the SEC is stronger and that LSU has the Harder schedule but the Committee says that OSU has passed the "Eye Test" - preposterous!! This is a SHAM.
I think that people are assuming that if LSU beats GA in the SEC CG, that it will displace OSU at #1... I wouldn't be so sure. They have been posturing to put OSU at #1 for weeks, even though LSU has the better schedule. Beating GA would give LSU wins over 5 Top 10 teams, something that's never been done before, including wins over the CFB #3 (AL) and #4 (GA) which will be better than any OSU win but they are still telling us that's not more impressive than wins over a Penn St. team that was beaten by Minnesota and a Wisconsin team that was beaten by Illinois because they pass the "eye-test"!?! For goodness sake, look who they have played: FAMU, Indiana, Miami of Ohio, Nebraska, MSU, Northwestern, MD, Rutgers, etc. The last 5 Big 10 teams listed here, have LOSING Records!! The Committee is a SHAM!!
So, you're trying to tell us that Penn St., which played OSU with their 2-string QB for half the game and has a 4-year Recruiting Average ranking (Current Roster of Players) at #11 is a better win than the LSU win over AL (in Tuscaloosa) with the #1 Recruiting Average over that 4-year period and the most NFL Draft recruits in the country!?! And let's not forget that OSU schedule is filled with Big 10 opponents with far less talent, as well. Please compare 4-year Recruiting Averages for SEC teams vs. Big 10 teams - it's laughable! Teams like Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, Purdue, etc., there are High School teams with more 4-5 star players than the Big 10 teams! Eye test, really?? Lets look at the history of the SEC vs The Big 10. Since 1998 (when the #1 has played the #2 for the NC), the SEC has won 11 National Championships and the Big 10 (or Ohio St. because of the overall weakness of the Conference) has won 2. Five different teams (TN, LSU, FL, AU, & AL) have won NC's and 3 teams (LSU, FL, & AL) have won multiple NC's giving proof that top to bottom the SEC has better competition than the Big 1(0).
Compelte team against who? OSU played unranked and Non-Power 5 Cincinnati (now ranked #19), #25 Michigan St. (now w/losing record), #13 Wisconsin (now #12), and #8 Penn St. (now #10). LSU has beaten 4 teams ranked in the Top 10 (when played): #9 TX (now unranked), #7 FL (now #11), #9 AU (now #15), and #3 AL (now #5). Now take a look at the Talent differential of these teams that OSU (THE complete team) has beaten compared to LSU. Here is the 4-year Recruiting Averages ranking (current Rosters) of the teams: TX - #9, FL - #6, AU - #7, and AL - #1. OSU's opponents: Cincinnati - #69, Michigan St. - #27, Wisconsin - #28, and Penn St. - #11. There seems to be quite the talent discrepency between the teams that LSU has beaten and the teams that OSU has "looked good" against. It's been clear for week that "The Commitee" has been trying to place Ohio St. in front of LSU so they have to play Clemson! This commitee is a SHAM!!!
the Ohio St. as the #1 team in the first CFB Playoff Poll? Give me a break, let's be real... take a look at that schedule for OSU. The only Power 5 Conference team that OSU has beaten with a winning record is 7-2, #15 ranked Wisconsin. The Tigers have beaten 4 teams, that were ranked in the Top 10, when they played. Take Texas, for example, they have lost 6 Defensive starters since the LSU game, which helped contribute to loses since playing the Tigers. Please tell us please, who from the Big 10, has beaten a Top Power 5 Conference team? The SEC has early wins against Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas, et al. That's what I thought... it's pure speculation! First the media was touting Wisconsin and they lost to 6-4 Illinois, then it was Penn St. who lost to an undefeated Minnesota. But take a look at their schedule, prior to beating Penn St., Minnesota has an undefeated record by beating, exactly, one team (Illinois 6-4) with a winning record! The Big 10 Conference is all smoke & mirrors... Note: Besides the 2014 CFB Playoff win by Ohio St., the Big 10 has failed to score a point in the CFB Playoffs, during it's entire existence!
Take a good look recruits, you won't see AL coaches embracing their players win or lose... Coach O and his staff, treats his players like his "sons". It was one of his first mantras, if he ever became a D-1 Head Coach again! Geaux Tigers!!
Shouldn't the first ranking be based on strength-of-schedule? Does anyone, who knows CFB think that non_Power 5 Conference, Cincinnati, is comparable to Auburn, Florida, or Texas (before they lost 6 defensive starters)? For example, ESPN's Power Index ranking (FPI) ranked TX 24th to begin the season and Cincinnati 39th! LSU has beaten 3 Top 10 teams (when played) and Ohio St. has beaten 2 (Wisconsin & Cincinnati). Pretty obvious, who should start the season #1. ... and then they state that Penn St. is ranked ahead of Clemson because of SOS? If that were true, why is AL ranked so high, they haven't played anyone (TX A&M was 25th when they played)? It will all shake out in the end but ranked them initially for their season's strength of schedule not on the "eye-test".
If LSU loses but still gets in to the CFP; I think it will be advantage LSU for not having to play another ranked SEC team from the East. I also think that in a rematch scenario, the loser of the previous has the advantage in the return match (think the 2011 LSU vs AL fiasco). I truly believe that the LSU coaching staff is comparable to the AL staff for the first time in years and not being at a disadvantage with Les Miles' 1950's offense (way too predictable) and with the constant turnover at AL. Win or lose (this contest) this could, very well be our year! Geaux Tigers!!
I tend to agree with Kirk, if LSU loses but still gets in to the CFP; I think it will be advantage LSU for not having to play another ranked SEC team from the East. I also think that in a rematch scenario, the loser of the previous has the advantage in the return match (think the 2011 LSU vs AL fiasco). I truly believe that the LSU coaching staff is comparable to the AL staff for the first time in years and not being at a disadvantage with Les Miles' 1950's offense (way too predictable) and with the constant turnover at AL. Win or lose (this contest) this could, very well be our year! Geaux Tigers!!