LSU football is your national champion from the 2019 season. Here are the three biggest surprises from the Tigers’ championship season.
Congrats to the Louisiana State University Tigers — we use official names at SEC power rankings headquarters — on their National Championship season (who else would do this write-up?). This season was one for the ages in Baton Rouge. The Tigers set records for offensive production that might never be broken.
Senior Joe Burrow became the first quarterback since “Famous” Jameis Winston to win the Heisman Trophy and a national championship. He’s the first SEC quarterback to carry out the feat since Cam Newton in 2010. Burrow set an NCAA single-season record by throwing 60 touchdown passes — that’s a career for some quarterbacks.
He also set the College Football Playoff record for two-game touchdown passes and yards. He set records for both total touchdowns and passing touchdowns in a Peach Bowl game. Burrow was not alone in setting records, however.
The Tigers are the first SEC team to go 15-0. LSU is the first team to have a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season. They set scoring records in the Peach Bowl for a half and for a game. Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase had the most yards in a National Championship Game, and his counterpart Justin Jefferson set records for receiving touchdowns in both a semifinal game and both playoff games.
Even kicker Cade York set a record for most extra points in a college football semifinal. The moniker “season for the ages” isn’t just cliche, it’s a thing in Baton Rouge.
Unless you own a DeLorean equipped with a flux capacitor, there is no way you saw this season coming from LSU. Everything went right for the Tigers and they had some surprises.
Here are three of the biggest surprises from this season.