The latter underpinned the idea that LSU No. 1 would play Clemson in the national championship game No. 3 on Monday evening and thus represent a form of trust that is rarely found even in all sports. This form turns ordinary guesswork into unusual certainty. When Clemson was one point behind the state of Ohio and was still far from renting a helicopter, against Buckeyes, who, against a strong schedule, ranked first in both overall and yards-per-play defense Amari Rodgers said.
"I had certainty in my soul," he said that night in a cozy locker room.
In this locker room, wherever it may be, the air of certainty feels palpable, from Defense Coordinator Brent Venables, who stands between his defenders at length and looks back over the obstacles of a magical night, to a number of recipients who say as Diondre Overton said: "We definitely have that kind of drive in our DNA."
If the LSU can cement the perhaps most entertaining season ever by overthrowing this squad and all of Clemson's five and four star talent that makes it a reality, the LSU 2019-20 should be under an unusually bright spot the legendary teams secure the history of football in the long run, played by colleagues in front of picky fanatics and other people.
Of course, Clemson is already evaluating the description of the story. A win in the Louisiana Superdome, the site of his recent loss a long, long time ago, would raise the number of non-jerks to 30, along with another historic bunch, the 1969-71 Texas Wishbone runners in office – The days of World War II are only behind Oklahoma (47, 1953-57), Toledo (35, 1969-71), Miami (Florida) (34, 2000-02), Southern California (34, 2003-05) and Oklahoma again (31, 1948-50).
The LSU's confidence is enormous. Which coach sees third and seventeenth successes in Game 2 at the beginning of September and assumes that he won't lose all season? – and the Clemson trust is something else. It showed up in 2015-16, Elite in 2016-17, and somewhat beyond normal human standards last January when it showed the ability to search Alabama through four touchdowns.
In the past five seasons, Clemson has only lost four times out of 73, and those four are easy to remember as an outlier: 45:40 against Alabama in a national title game in which Watson made Nick Saban half crazy and turned an onside kick the flood became a flood; 43-42 to Pitt at home in November 2016, 27-24 to Syracuse in October 2017 and 24-6 to Alabama in the national Sugar Bowl semi-final on New Year's Day 2018.
By the end of 2019, four games and 94 yards had ended – Trevor Lawrence vs. Justyn Ross for 11, Lawrence vs. 11, Lawrence vs. Rodgers for 38, Rodgers vs. Travis Etienne for 34 and Etienne for 25 – a couple of decades forecast. Clemson played 6-7 in coach Dabo Swinny's 2010 second season and lost the Meineke Car Care Bowl (31-26) to South Florida before losing 10-4 and the Orange Bowl (70-33) to West Virginia in 2011. It has gone 101-11 since then, starting with the 11-2 in 2012 that ended with a 25-24 victory over a good LSU.
"The last decade?" Swinney asked the reporters on Sunday morning. "Transformational. Is that a word We have transformed Clemson and the next decade is the roaring twenties. I'm excited – I've heard that these are great. "
Meanwhile, any idea that Clemson's roaring tigers wouldn't pretend to be those twenties as protagonists in the annual national autumn theater would be considered stupid. At the beginning of the twenties, American eyeballs were already thrown at a Clemson opponent with their own micro-mess of history.
"No, I couldn't have written [the story]; There is no way, ”LSU coach Ed Orgeron told reporters on Saturday's media day.
It is a secondary or tertiary choice in LSU's trainer search in December 2016, Orgeron, a head coach who could sit on Sunday and think about a season (2014) that remains blank on his college and NFL resume. "I didn't get the job at USC [after being the interim for eight games], I now realize that there was a reason. It should come home [to Mandeville, La.], I have to spend a whole year. I had never seen my children play. I went to every training session, every game. Cooked a lot of food in the back yard. Had a lot of fun. And then this coach was very happy [Les] Miles hired me [as defensive line coach]and for that I'm thankful forever. "
Then, after two seasons of 9: 4 and 10: 3, he presides over this amazing purple blooming of 2019, with an insult that seems to be aimed specifically at fans who have complained for years about the LSU's strategic mess. A passing coordinator (Joe Brady) comes from the New Orleans Saints, an offensive coordinator (Steve Ensminger) is humble to greet that passing coordinator, and a transfer quarterback (Joe Burrow) changes from good to bad with 55 suffocating touchdown passes beyond six interceptions and a Heisman Trophy that stands out from the colorful numbers.
From January 2020, there will be Burrow in the middle of reporters on Media Day, which provides the rare explanation of how things can flourish: “Last year, our close end was all the time connected to the core. We sometimes had two problems, a full-back, and that just puts more people in the pits, making it difficult to decipher where the lightning comes from. Now we can be empty [in the backfield], three by one, detached. It makes the defense really declare itself for me. I think that was a big difference for us when it came to catching lightning. "
In a country that was hungry to read a good flash forever, the following LSU storm threw a proud line of enemies from Texas to Florida via Auburn to Alabama to Georgia to Oklahoma. If it could add another titan, it would have defeated people who operate with an undiluted level of security on a species known to be fallible. Defeating such people means becoming famous forever.