Four years later and now under the Les Miles regime, the Tigers win their second BCS National Championship (third in school history). Despite having two losses, the Tigers managed to get into the game thanks to losses by West Virginia and Missouri. The Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyees 38-24 and became the first two win champions in the BCS era. The 2007 championship was similar to the one in 2003. The Tigers scored a lot of points but again were led by one of the top ranked defense in the country.
The defensive was led yet again by a dominate defensive line centered around First Team All-American tackle Glenn Dorsey, BCS national championship MVP Ricky Jean-Francois and Tyson Jackson. First team All-American Criag Stetlz held it down at the safety position in the secondary as well as Chad Jones and Chevis Jackson. Also, you cannot forget about Ali Highsmith at the middle linebacker position. The offensive was led by quarterback Matt Flynn and backup Ryan Perrilloux saw action as well. Jacob Hester was bruiser out of the backfield and receivers Early Doucet and Demetrius Byrd dominated on the outside. Trindon Holiday was a bit everywhere but made an huge impacts on special teams.
Since 2003, the Tigers have been in the national championship game every other four years. They won two (2003, 2007) and lost one (2011). 2015 is LSU football's leap year so at the least expect the Tigers to be in competition for another crystal ball.
So what needs to happen for LSU to have results similar to the 2003 and 2007 seasons?
First off, the DEFENSE has to be more dominate side of the ball. We all know that. Many of us love DBU but LSU's defensive line play is key to winning the championship in my opinion. In LSU's last two BCS national championship victories, secondary play was legit but the defensive line were the anchors. The 2011 defense might be better than 2007's but who has a championship and who does not. DBU has been outstanding but I feel the d-line has lost its luster to an extent. Hopefully with the addition of coach Ed Orgeron to lead the group, it will bring them back to the promise land. Also, John Chavis is gone to Texas A&M. Kevin Steele is now leading the charge as the new defensive coordinator and hopefully brings more aggression and a spark to the defense under his reign.
OFFENSIVELY, we need a white quarterback named Matt. It is proven that championships come to LSU when we have that guy leading the helm. However on a serious note, the quarterback position has to good and consistent. Matt Mauck and Flynn were not the best quarterbacks but they made big plays and were consistent. Quarterback controversy plus LSU does not led to success; we saw that back in 2011 and last season as well. The Tigers now have a clear-cut starter in Brandon Harris now that Les Miles has named him the starter for the season opener. Harris has all the tools to suceed; he has a great arm, height and is mobile. He has the weapons he needs to be successful as well. Travin Dural and Malchi Dupree head the receiving core and a threats when giving the chance to make a play. Oh, and he has and a potential Heisman trophy candidate and arguably the best running in college football to hand the ball off to in Leonard Fournette. If we can see more of the Brandon Harris that almost brought the Tigers back in the lost of against Mississippi State and less of the Harris from the Auburn game last season, the Tigers will be in great shape.
LES MILES HAS TO BE BETTER TOO AND HOPEFULLY HE GETS RID OF THE PLAY WHERE THE QUARTERBACK GETS THE SNAP FROM UNDER CENTER AND JUST TOSSES IT DIRECTLY BACK TO THE RUNNING BACK! *takes deep breath*
MY PREDICTION: We will see LSU versus Ohio State in the big game in a rematch of the 2007 Championship game. The trophy will look good back in Baton Rouge after LSU gets the victory in Arizona. However though I hope and believe this happens, the tiger fan in me is not letting me get my hopes up.
Do you think LSU will return to the Championship game this season? Are you believer of the every four year title game theory? #SpeakYourMind in the comments below.
(Oh, and shoutout to my LB Jordon for the topic)