LSU Dynasty? Maybe . . . but we’re better than Texas!

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So back in 2006, the day after Texas won theRose Bowl and the BCS championship, Kevin D. came into the office ecstatic. As a Longhorns fan, he was excited to see the team get the first national championship in his lifetime. I knew how Kevin was feeling because the same thing had happened to me two year prior when LSU best Oklahoma for the BCS championship. So Kevin was feeling pretty bold and we got into a discussion about which program was currently better. So I made Kevin a bold bet . . . “$100 says that LSU wins another BCS championship before Texas does.” Kevin’s response, “You’re on.”

Well, I haven’t reminded Kevin of the bet yet and I won’t hold him to it, but I will make my case with a ‘Tale-of-the-tape’ below over which program is currently stronger (looking at the last 5 seasons) and the top football program in the South (I consider Texas part of the South since they were a Confederate state).

RECORDS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU
2003: 13-1
2004: 9-3
2005: 11-2
2006: 11-2
2007: 12-2
Last 5 Seasons: 56-10

Texas
2003: 10-3
2004: 11-1
2005: 13-0
2006: 10-3
2007: 10-3
Last 5 Seasons: 54-10

LSU 

Edge: LSU. This one was close, but the Tigers have 2 more wins and the same number of loses over the last 5 seasons. Especially impressive when you consider that LSU plays in the SEC (I know that is a whole other debate, but come on . . . the SEC is the top conf. in college football).

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU – 2 (2003, 2007)

Texas – 1 (2005)

LSU 

Edge: LSU. Simple math, 2 is greater than 1.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU – 2 (2003, 2007)

Texas – 1 (2005)

LSU 

Edge: LSU. Again, not even close when you consider LSU is in the SEC.

BOWL PERFORMANCE OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU:

2004 Sugar Bowl BCS Championship: LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2005 Capital One Bowl: Iowa 30, LSU 25
2005 Chic-fil-A Peach Bowl: LSU 40, Miami 3
2007 Sugar Bowl: LSU 41, Notre Dame 14
2008 BCS Championship: LSU 38, Ohio State 24

Overall: 4-1, 3-0 in BCS bowls

Texas:

2003 Holiday Bowl:  Washington State 28, Texas 20
2005 Rose Bowl: Texas 38, Michigan 37
2006 Rose Bowl: Texas 41, USC 38
2006 Alamo Bowl: Texas 26, Iowa 24
2007 Holiday Bowl: Texas 52, Arizona State 34

Overall: 4-1, 2-0 in BCS bowls

lsu 

Edge: LSU. The Tigers get the nod for winning one more BCS bowl and for their dominating performances in their last 3 bowl games.

HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS

LSU: 0

Texas: 0

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Edge: Texas. Texas gets the nod for 2 reasons. #1 Texas has 2 Heisman winners in it’s history (Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams) against LSU’s lone Heisman courtesy of Billy Cannon, #2 Vince Young should have won the Heisman over Reggie Bush in 2005.

STADIUMS/ATMOSPHERE:

LSU – Tiger Stadium 92,400

Texas – Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium 85,123

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Edge: LSU. The Tigers play in a slightly larger stadium, but nothing compares to a Saturday night game in Tiger Stadium, arguably the best tailgating/fan experience in all of college football. (and yes, I have been to games at both stadiums so I speak from experience).

FORMER PLAYERS CURRENTLY ON NFL ROSTERS

LSU – 40

Texas – 37

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Edge: LSU. Mack Brown might be the best recruiter in college football (I stress best “recruiter”, probably not top-20 as far as his coaching ability),  but even with his perennial #1 or #2 ranked recruiting classes, LSU has more alums playing in the NFL.

MASCOTS

LSU – Mike The Tiger. A 500+ pound Bengal tiger.

Texas – Bevo. A 1000+ pound longhorn.

lsu 

Edge: LSU. Not much argument here . . . tiger are higher on the food chain.

AND THE WINNER IS . . .

LSU Fan

LSU takes the tale-of-the-tape 7-1. Maybe I’ll talk Kevin into doubling-down on his bet and we’ll see who wins the next championship.

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