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Monday, January 9, 2012
Blackwell: LSU will be 'the best' with win

By Edward Aschoff

NEW ORLEANS -- Will Blackwell knows exactly where LSU should rank among national championship teams in college football if the Tigers take home the trophy after tonight’s Allstate BCS National Championship.

“The best,” Blackwell said in a very matter-of-fact way. “If we win this game, show me a team that beat tougher opponents on a tougher schedule. We’ve played ranked teams on the road three or four times. We’ve beaten, what, two of the four BCS bowl champions? I haven’t seen a record better than that.”

A win over Alabama would certainly put the Tigers in the discussion with some of the best college football teams in the last 40 years. You have 1972 USC, 2001 Miami, 1995 Nebraska and 1979 Alabama in the running as well.

Is this the most talented team ever? Absolutely not, but for everything the Tigers have been through and the schedule this team has conquered, a win tonight might be enough to put the Tigers into the top spot.

A win over Alabama would give LSU nine wins over teams ranked in the Associated Press poll in one season, which would be an NCAA record.

LSU coach Les Miles was asked about where this team would rank with a win, but he wasn’t biting Sunday.

“I've been asked that question a couple of times, and I think certainly it's fair after [Monday] night,” Miles said. “I think it's all about this game. It's one that certainly we're all looking forward to, and I think that those conversations are best served for then.”

We’ll see what he says if the Tigers get the win tonight.