2019 LSU vs 2020 Alabama – Who Ya Got? By: Peter Snyder

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Its the debate as old as time. “Hypothetically, if Championship team A were to be paired up with Championship team B, who would come out on top during a fight to the death. Who would win if the 2005 Texas Longhorns were to ever be paired with the 2001 Miami Hurricanes? If the 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish were to ever square off against the 1995 Nebraska Corn Huskers? Now of course, these are all questions that can never be answered, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun debates that can be had across college bars far and wide.

With all this being said, I thought it would be fun to take our look at our newest hypothetical, the 2019 LSU Tiger vs 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide Championship debate. If you happened to have stubbled across social media world during the last 48 hours, you would have realized that a heated dispute has reached the college football world. “There is no way on god’s green earth that this Alabama team would be able to compete with last years LSU team.” “The 2019 LSU Tigers would run laps around this years Alabama squad.” “You ever hear of a guy named Joe Burrow? Justin Jefferson Maybe?” “I’ll raise your Joe Burrow with a Mac Jones and a Heisman winning Devonta Smith!”

Enough is enough. I am here to settle this heated debate once and for all. After reading this piece I hope that you will be able to come to the conclusion as to who would win in a death match for the ages. How am I gonna decide this you may be thinking? Let’s get started and find out.

Total Resume

LSU (2019)

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Record: 15-0

Notable Wins: @ #9 Texas (9/7), vs #7 Florida (10/12), vs #9 Auburn (10/26), @ #2 Alabama (11/9), vs #4 Georgia (SEC Championship), vs #3 Clemson (National Championship)

Yards Per Game – 568.9

Points Per Game – 48.4

Points Allowed Per Game – 21.9

Alabama (2020)

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Record: 13-0

Notable Wins: vs #13 Texas A&M (10/3), vs #3 Georgia (10/17), vs #22 Auburn (11/28), vs #11 Florida (SEC Championship), vs #3 Ohio State (National Championship)

Yards Per Game – 541.8

Points Per Game – 48.17

Points Allowed Per Game – 19.38

Advantage: LSU

Running Back

LSU (2019)Clyde Edwards-Helaire

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2019-2020 Season Stats: 1,414 rushing yards, 215 carries, 6.6 yards per carry, 16 TDs, 453 receiving yards

Best Game: 11/9 @ Alabama: 103 yards, 20 carries, 3 TDs, 77 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD

Awards and Accolades:  Charles McClendon Award,  Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year, Doak Walker Award (Semifinalist)

Alabama (2020)Najee Harris

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2020-2021 Season Stats: 1,466 rushing yards, 251 carries, 5.8 yards per carry, 26 TDs, 425 receiving yards, 4 receiving TDs

Best Game: 10/10 @ Ole Miss: 206 yards, 23 carries, 5 TDs

Awards and Accolades: Doak Walker Award (Nations top RB,) Placed on Walter Camp All-American Team.

Advantage: Alabama

Wide Receivers

LSU (2019) Justin Jefferson

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2019-2020 Season Stats: 1,540 Receiving yards, 111 receptions, 18 TDs, averaged 13.9 yards per catch

Best Game: CFP Semis vs Oklahoma: 227 yards, 14 REC, 4 TDs

Awards and Accolades: Biletnikoff Award (Finalist)

Ja’Marr Chase

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2019-2020 Season Stats: 1,780 Receiving yards, 84 receptions, 20 TDs, averaged 20.1 yards per reception

Best Game: National Championship vs Clemson: 221 yards, 9 REC, 2 TDs

Awards and Accolades: 2019 Biletnikoff Award (Nations Top WR,) 2019 Consensus All American

Alabama (2020)Jaylen Waddle (Only played in 4 1/2 games this season due to injury)

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2020-2021 Season Stats: 591 Receiving yards, 28 receptions, 4 TDs, averaged 21.1 yards a catch

Best Game: 10/17 vs Georgia: 161 yards, 6 receptions, 1 TD, averaged 26.8 yards a catch

Awards and Accolades: None

Devonta Smith

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2020-2021 Season Stats: 1,856 Receiving yards, 23 TDs, 117 receptions, averaged 15.9 yards a catch

Best Game: National Championship vs Ohio State: 215 yards, 12 REC, 3 TDS (Accomplished this stat line in the first half alone. Smith would leave the game early in the 3rd quarter after dislocating his finger)

Awards and Accolades: 2020 AP Player of the Year Award, 2020 Biletnikoff Award, 2020 Heisman Memorial Trophy (First WR to win award since 1991,) 2020 Maxwell Award, 2020 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, 2020 SEC Offensive Player of the Year Award, 2020 Consensus All American (All Americans have not been announced yet but we can all make the conclusion that Smith will in fact, make that list.)

Advantage: Alabama (Smith’s historic year outweighs LSU’s combo)

Quarterback

LSU (2019) – Joe Burrow

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2019-2020 Season Stats: 5,671 passing yards, 60 TDs, 10.8 yards per attempt, 6 INTs, 76.3 completion percentage, 5 rushing TDs, 94.9 QBR

Best Game: 9/7 @ Texas: 31-39, 471 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT

Awards and Accolades: 2019 AP Player of the Year Award, 2019 Consensus All American, 2019 Davey O’Brien Award, 2019 Heisman Memorial Trophy, 2019 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, 2019 Manning Award, 2019 Maxwell Award, 2019 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, 2019 SEC Offensive Player of the Year Award

Alabama (2020) – Mac Jones

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2020-2021 Season Stats: 4,500 passing yards, 41 TDs, 4 INTs, 11.2 yards per passing attempt, 77.4 completion percentage, 96.1 QBR (Highest finishing QBR ever given out by ESPN)

Best Game: 10/17 vs Georgia: 24-32, 417 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT

Awards and Accolades: 2020 Davey O’Brien Award, 2020 Davey O’Brien Award, 2020 Consensus All American (All Americans have not been announced yet but we can all make the conclusion that Jones will in fact, make that list.)

Advantage: LSU

Best Defensive Players

LSU (2019) – K’lavon Chaisson (LB)

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2019-2020 Season Stats: 60 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 2 PDs

Best Game: 11/30 vs Texas A&M: 6 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 TFL

Awards and Accolades: First-Team All-SEC (AP)

Kristian Fulton Jr. (CB)

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2019-2020 Season Stats: 38 tackles, 1 INT, 14 PDs

Best Game: 10/19 @ Mississipi State: 3 tackles, 2 PDs, 1 INT

Awards and Accolades: Second-Team All-SEC (AP)

Grant Delpit (S)

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2019-2020 Season Stats: 65 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 7 PDs, 1 FF, 1 FR

Best Game: 10/19 @ Mississipi State: 11 tackles, 1 PD

Awards and Accolades: 2019 Consensus All American, 2019 Jim Thorpe Award (Given to the nations best defensive back)

Alabama (2020) – Patrick Surtain II (CB)

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2020-2021 Season Stats: 37 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 TD, 9 PDs,

Best Game: 10/31 vs Mississippi State: 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD

Awards and Accolades: 2020 Jim Thorpe Award Finalist, 2020 SEC Defensive Player of the Year

Dylan Moses (LB)

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2020-2021 Season Stats: 76 tackles, 6 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF

Best Game: 10/17 vs Georgia: 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL

Awards and Accolades: First-Team All-SEC (AP)

Christian Barmore (DL)

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2020-2021 Season Stats: 37 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 3 FF, 3 PDs

Best Game: 12/12 @ Arkansas: 3 tackles, 2 sacks

Awards and Accolades: First-Team All-SEC (AP)

Advantage: Draw

Coaching Staff

LSU (2019)

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Head Coach: Ed Orgeron

Defensive Coordinator: Dave Aranda 

Offensive Coordinator: Steve Ensminger

Passing Game Coordinator: Joe Brady

Alabama (2020)

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Head Coach: Nick Saban

Defensive Coordinator: Pete Golding

Offensive Coordinator: Steve Sarkisian

Offensive Line Coach: Kyle Flood

Advantage: Alabama

Final Conclusion: If they played ten times, each team would win 5 of of em 😉

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