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Congratulations are in order for the LSU Tigers, who took their second Bowl Championship Series title in four years thanks to a 38-24 drubbing of Ohio State Monday night in the Superdome in New Orleans.
A capacity crowd of some 80,000 was on hand to watch No. 2 ranked LSU cap off a topsy-turvy season in college football in which upsets week in and week out were the norm.
The Tigers were upset twice on the season, both triple-overtime losses to Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas and Kentucky.
Yet, LSU persevered and secured a shot at the national title by winning the SEC championship in impressive fashion over Tennessee.
Fueled by a sound performance by quarterback Matt Flynn, who threw for four touchdown passes, and by a defense which showed the world it earned its mark as one of the best ever at Louisiana's "Flagship University," the Tigers won their third national championship in school history with the win over the Buckeyes of the Big 10. LSU finished the year with a 12-2 record.
Thus, it was fitting that the Associated Press named the Tigers the No. 1 team in the land, too.
Ironically, New Orleans was setting for all three national titles at LSU. The first occurred in January 1959 when Billy Cannon passed for LSU's only score in a 7-0 shutout of Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. The second one took place four years ago when the Tigers held off Oklahoma 21-14 in the Sugar Bowl as well.
Though he has been widely criticized for winning with Saban's recruits, current LSU head coach Les Miles proved Monday night he is one of the best in the business, winning his third bowl game in as many tries as the point man in Tigerland.
No one can take that away from Miles.
In the meantime, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge efforts by some members of the media to downplay LSU's success on the gridiron in the 2007 season.
Though they certainly are entitled to their opinion, they would do well to accept the obvious.
That is the LSU Tigers are the national champions.
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