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NCAA: LSU might have enjoyed the greatest single greatest season in college football history … and that’s saying a lot

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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow easily outdistanced rival Trevor Lawrence in Monday's title game, accounting for 463 yards passing and six total touchdowns (one rushing).

It’s extremely difficult to quantify the greatest of anything in college football history, given the sheer absurdity of attempting apples-to-apples comparisons from 150 years of official action.

**Does Barry Sanders belong on the list of the 11 greatest players in collegiate history, even though he was a backup tailback to Thurman Thomas for his first two seasons at Oklahoma State?

**Does Nick Saban’s six national championships (Alabama, LSU) carry greater weight than Paul Bryant’s six NCAA titles at Alabama … because The Bear never had to deal with smaller roster sizes, high-stakes recruiting battles, television over-saturation or improved parity throughout the nation?

**Could the good people at Dr Pepper have chosen a better, uh, thing to play the role of ‘BIGFAN’ during Monday night’s season-ending commercial … instead of tasking Brian Bosworth with both duties at the most tense moments of this cliffhanger TV spot?

(For those who didn’t see it, here’s how The Boz made a curious entrance into the town of Fansville.)

These arguments might make for great debates on TV, sports radio or the Web, but it’s still hard to cite a true winner or loser, when the Tale Of The Tape generates similar positives.

Here’s one talking point that cannot be disparaged from any football historian or modern-day zealot: Joe Burrow might have capped the greatest season of any quarterback in college history on Monday night; and for those who find fault with the above statement … good luck finding a consensus alternative candidate.

In one glittering four-hour showcase, otherwise known as LSU’s 42-25 rout of Clemson in the College Football Playoff title game, Burrow:

**Propelled LSU to its fourth national championship in school history (five, if you coun’t the 1908 campaign).

**Secured the all-time NCAA record for touchdown passes in one season (60, breaking the mark previously held by Hawaii’s Colt Brennan).

**Made easy work of the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense (Clemson), nearly quadrupling the Tigers’ per-game allowance of 11.5 points (regular season/Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State).

**Easily handled Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (zero passing TDs, one rushing) in the much-hyped battle of franchise-making quarterbacks. For his night, Burrow absurdly accounted for 463 passing yards and six touchdowns (one rushing).

**Added to his supreme legacy of capturing the Heisman Trophy, an SEC title and a national championship in the same season.

**Placed LSU in super-elite company, in terms of being one of college football history’s select 15-0 national champions.

**Vanquished any notion of the Cincinnati Bengals looking elsewhere for the No. 1 overall pick in next April’s NFL draft. It’s a match made in heaven, given the Bengals’ desperate need for a franchise quarterback … and Burrow’s deep Ohio roots.

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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