Even before LSU knocked off Clemson to win the national championship on Monday night, the Tigers were being discussed as one of the best teams ever. Now it may be confirmed, at least in one man’s mind.

SEC Network host Paul Finebaum has reached this conclusion: “It’s 5:30 am in New Orleans and one thing seems clear: this LSU football team isn’t one of the best in history. It is the best! Case closed.”

The game itself was already billed as one of the most anticipated in at least 20 years, and the only other game in the argument was Southern Cal-Texas in 2005.

In a season full of record-breaking feats, QB Joe Burrow added to the list. Burrow became the first major college quarterback to throw 60 touchdown passes in a season. And LSU did it against a team on the cusp of a dynasty as a Clemson win would have meant three national championships in four seasons. But the LSU win snapped Clemson’s 29-game winning streak.

The ACC Tigers’ defense was also at the top of the statistical charts in the country. But LSU put up 628 yards and six touchdowns on that defense that entered the game allowing an average of 264 yards and 11.5 points per game.