College Football National Championship Preview

The New York Times

Joseph Bender, Sports Editor

Tonight the 150th season of college football comes to an end, as the #1 LSU Tigers host the #3 Clemson Tigers in New Orleans. This is LSU’s first appearance in the college football playoff, and first national championship appearance in the playoff, while Clemson makes their 5th straight playoff appearance, and second straight national championship appearance.

The last time the Clemson Tigers were in New Orleans, they were left with a salty taste in their mouths, with a 24-6 thumping by Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The last time the LSU Tigers were in the Superdome competing for a national title was in 2011, when Alabama got revenge for their regular season loss to LSU.

This game tonight will be an instant classic, as both teams have been the best all year long, and have dominated game after game. The Tigers of LSU are 15-0, their last loss being at the hands of Texas A&M’s 7 OT win in one of the longest games of college football history. Head coach Ed Orgeron wanted his team to be ready to be at home in New Orleans competing for a national title, for the first time since 2011. Orgeron got his team equipped throughout the off-season to be able to not just face the giants of college football, but beat all of them.

How did LSU Come together so fast? Ed Orgeron brought in former NFL Offensive assistant Joe Brady as his pass game coordinator, and has developed quarterback Joe Burrow to his full potential that we’ve seen this season.

Nothing has changed for the Tigers of Clemson. The Tigers are once again in contention for the national championship, and will seek back to back national championships, something that hasn’t happened in the playoff era. It’s been all business for Clemson since their 21-20 escape out of Chapel Hill earlier this season. Since then, quarterback Trevor Lawrence hasn’t skipped a beat.

Game-day Guide:
LSU vs Clemson – National Championship Game
Time: 8:00 pm
Network: ESPN
Location: Mercedes Benz Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana