Ed Orgeron previews LSU's upcoming National Championship Game appearance
It’s the Tigers against the Tigers in the college football national championship game. Perhaps the best offense in the sport’s recent memory against a team riding a 29-game winning streak.
It doesn’t get any better than the matchup LSU and Clemson present all college football fans in the pending title game. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron sounds excited as anyone for the historic matchup.
When speaking to ESPN in an interview on New Year’s Day, Orgeron broke down all the issues Clemson presents but also didn’t back down from the challenge.
“Trevor (Lawrence) hasn’t lost a game,” Orgeron said. “I was really impressed with the way he took the game into his hands against Ohio State. (Travis) Etienne is a great player. They have big receivers. I have a lot of respect for Brent Venables. He’s going to dial up some blitzes. We’re gonna have to pick them up. It’s going to be a chess match the whole game, but you know what, this is why you play in the national championship. Best against best.”
Those big Clemson receivers, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross, both dealt with injuries in the Fiesta Bowl, but they battled through them in the second half and will have more than two weeks to rest before the national championship game. Higgins and Ross have combined for more than 1,900 receiving yards this season.
Lawrence started the season slowly, but in the last seven games, he has 22 touchdowns and zero interceptions. As for Etienne, he averaged 8.0 yards per carry on his way to 1,536 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.
During the same interview, Orgeron also praised his roster, calling the LSU offense and team “the best” he’s been apart of at the school, but he also emphasized it’s only been the best “so far.” Watch the full interview below: