They were also confident and prepared to the point of knowing their championship ring sizes.
On Monday, the Tigers of Baton Rouge ended a dominant season ahead of a group of LSU pros – just like President Donald Trump – and won the national championship game of the College Football Playoffs. 25 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with 15: 0.
"We didn't want to let anyone in here and steal it in our home state," said LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who had one of the best seasons of all college football players in history.
It is a place where the LSU was already successful after winning national Superdome championships in 2007 and 2003 during the Bowl Championship Series era. This is the LSU's first appearance in the College Football Playoff that started in the 2014 season.
It is also the first national title as head coach for Ed Orgeron from Louisiana.
"I grew up wanting to become head coach of the LSU," said Orgeron. "I'm so proud of the state of Louisiana. We have support from the governor, the president, everyone who loves the LSU. I'm just so happy for the Louisiana people. But you have to give." The merit of the football team. You have been working for a year. You deserve this day. "
On Monday, after throwing his fifth touchdown pass of the night and setting a record in a college football playoff national championship game, Burrow pointed to his ring finger.
"We have already prepared for them," Burrow told ESPN after the game. He wears a size 10.5.
This year the LSU won in a historic way. Seven of the LSU's 15 wins went to teams in the top 10. The LSU was only number five in the overall ranking and on the offensive throughout the season – and never before the fourth quarter – moving into the title game on Monday evening.
In an unusual situation, however, the LSU was initially pushed around by Clemson and fell 17: 7 in the second quarter – the LSU's biggest deficit this season. But led by Burrow, LSU would score 21 unanswered points to close half. Clemson would come in three in the third quarter but couldn't get any closer.
Burrow, winner of the Heisman Trophy and probably the best choice in this spring's NFL draft, is from Athens, Ohio, and graduated in Ohio in three years. When he was with the Buckeyes, he didn't get much playing time and switched to LSU in 2018.
But even though it was known that Burrow had talent, the college football landscape was not expecting it. On Monday, Burrow broke the NCAA record in a single season for passing touchdowns in a season at 60. For the night, Burrow completed 31 passes in 49 attempts for 463 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Burrow also crashed for 58 yards and a score.
For Clemson, the season tale for 2019 was that the Tigers continued to win, but had a slow schedule and were not challenged. They participated in the College Football Playoffs and came third behind the other undefeated teams in LSU # 1 and Ohio State # 2.
They passed their first test in the College Football Playoff semi-final against the Buckeyes when Clemson won the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona after a 16-0 deficit.
But they couldn't deal with LSU in New Orleans. Clemson's 29-game winning streak ended, rejecting the Tigers titles and their third title in four years. It is also the first defeat for second quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is already considered potential number 1 of the 2021 NFL draft and was a 25-0 win for Clemson.