Garic: LSU Tigers are SEC Champions, should be No. 1 seed


LSU smashed Georgia, 37-10, making the Tigers SEC Champions for the first time since 2011. This is a loud statement and a strong case for the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoffs.The College Football Selection Committee has to show the country they truly look at a team’s resume’ and give LSU that well deserved honor.   If the Tigers remain No. 2, after dismantling No. 4 Georgia, I’ll lose all hope for the integrity of the committee. Two weeks ago the committee said, “Ohio State was the more consistent team.” That was a direct shot at LSU’s defense.  Since being bumped from No. 1 to No. 2, the Tigers’ defense has been lights out.   LSU frustrated a Bulldog offense all game long, sacking QB Jake Fromm 4 times, and forcing 2 interceptions. LSU completely stifled Georgia’s offense.  UGA went 3 for 13 on third down. LSU had five...count them five...wins against teams ranked inside the top 10 at the time of the game.   Ohio State didn’t have one game against a top 10 team.  I don’t know what else the committee wants from LSU. Oh, and by the way, the Tigers put up 37 points against a Georgia defense, that only allowed an average of 10 points per game prior to the SEC championship game. Heisman Trophy front runner, quarterback Joe Burrow was masterful in the win over Georgia.  Burrow threw for 348 yards. Burrow also contributed 46 yards on 10 attempts on the ground for LSU.   The rushing numbers aren’t particularly impressive, but the timing of the runs by Burrow extended drives and converted points.Familiarize yourself with the name of Derek Stingley Jr.. The freshman DB hauled in two interceptions.  Stingley Jr. is a star in the making.   He’s likely going to be the best defensive back to ever put on a purple and gold uniform.   That’s a huge statement considering LSU is thought of as DBU (Defensive Back University).  Stingley has elite ball skills and has six interceptions this year, as a true freshman. What’s next for LSU?   Celebrate an SEC championship for the first time in 8 years.   Then...wait, wait and see if the College Football Selection Committee has any integrity and pushes LSU to the No. 1 seed Sunday morning at 11am. Here’s what I expect the top 4 to look like: 1. LSU2. Ohio State3. Clemson4. Oklahoma