Two undefeated teams with totally different histories.

LSU versus Clemson. Two undefeated teams with totally different histories.

Clemson is trying to make their own dynasty, attempting to win their third national championship in four years. LSU is glad to be back on the national stage and looking for their first championship since 2007. Right now, the city is prepared to erupt, hype, energized and pageantry: you name it, it’s here!

Before we get to the game, let’s talk about what happened this week. Washington State coach Mike Leach is gone. He has left a five-year contract and $750,000 to him on January 15th on the table to come to the southeast conference and coach the Mississippi State Bulldogs. That is news. Wherever Mike Leach goes, it’s news. Nothing is boring. Mike Leach is an offensive genius who has been a winner at Washington State and Texas Tech. Unfortunately, there is some baggage which comes with Leach including his penchant for always saying what’s on his mind. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s downright insulting. Some referred to him as quirky, others as an idiot. Personally, I don’t know the man, but I respect his genius and his ability to get the most out of his players’ potential. Unfortunately, he will be playing in the SEC West division which is the toughest division in all of college football. However, Mississippi State had to make a splash hire since their cousin to the north, Ole Miss, had just hired Lane Kiffin. But I don’t think much of Kiffin’s character from what I know and have seen through social media, although he undeniably catches headlines and the Bulldogs needed to make their own headline. It will be very interesting next year with both coaches added to the SEC stable.

Hey Baylor, not only lost their coach Matt Rhule to the NFL’s Carolina panthers for $60 million, College football lost one of its best young coaches. Rhule had built the Baylor Beats from literally nothing to a chance at the college football playoff in just three seasons. But that wasn’t his first rebuild. He did the same thing at Temple just a few years earlier. This guy was a benefit to the game. He inherited a program at Baylor which was running on fumes. Under the cloud of a sexual harassment scandal, Rhule was somehow able to bring the Bears back to respectability and ultimately national competitiveness. He will be missed.

In the Big Easy, it appears everybody is gearing up for this contest. Thousands of fans have converged on the city not only from close by Baton Rouge but also South Carolina. The band is here and both sides are celebrating—LOUD!! Hard to say who’s winning the battle of the cheers at this point.

Press conferences from both coaches revealed both teams are getting some of their injured players back and most will be at full strength. LSU is a 5 1/2-point favorite as you know we will give a complete rundown when I pick the game tomorrow. The weather is not a factor as the game is indoors at the Superdome. I will say at this time I still don’t know how Clemson defeated Ohio State. If it comes down to coaching, their coach Dabo Swinney appears to have a strong edge on anyone he faces. It’s either Go Tigers or Go Geaux Tigers!


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