Best of all time? How LSU's 2019 team stacks up according to former BCS computer rating
LSU became just the second college football team since 1898 to finish 15-0, and that only tells the partial story of how dominant the Tigers were this season.
LSU led the country with 48.4 points per game, steamrolling the competition this season. In the College Football Playoff, the Tigers outscored their opponents 105-53.
Including the SEC Championship, LSU defeated three of the best teams in the country — Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma — by a combined score of 142-63.
Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron called his squad “a team for the ages,” and with those numbers, it’s hard to disagree. It was on full display against the defending champion Clemson Tigers on Monday night.
LSU may very well go down as one of the best college football teams of the modern era. The Tigers can already claim that accolade according to one computer ranking.
Based on the Jeff Sagarin Computer Ratings, the 2019 Tigers are the third-best college football team since the start of the BCS era. LSU is behind only the 2005 Texas Longhorns and the 2001 Miami Hurricanes.
Led by quarterback Vince Young, Texas went 13-0 and knocked off the defending champion USC Trojans in a thrilling Rose Bowl that season. Young finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting during the 2005 season.
The 2001 Hurricanes also went undefeated, going 12-0 and won the Rose Bowl against Nebraska.
To date, those titles were the last times each of those programs won the national championship. Obviously, LSU hopes its program won’t have that in common with the other two most dominant teams from the Sagarin Computer Ratings.
Interestingly, the 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes, who were undefeated before their loss to Clemson in the national semifinals, are No. 4 on the list. Check out the complete Sagarin Computer Ratings below:
According to Jeff Sagarin's Computer Ratings, here are the Top CFB teams of the BCS/Playoff Era (Since 1998):
2005 Texas 106.9
2001 Miami, FL 106.4
2019 LSU 104.9
2019 Ohio State 104.8
2016 Clemson 105.4
2016 Alabama 105.3
2011 Alabama 104.2
2004 USC 103.4
2018 Clemson 103.2
— Brad Powers (@BradPowers7) January 14, 2020