Gerry Broome/Associated Press
Can LSU Complete a Dream Season in Louisiana?
Putting the final touch on an undefeated season would be exciting enough. But for the Tigers to reach 15-0 in New Orleans would be special and practically unforgettable.
Following the victory in the Peach Bowl, Orgeron attempted to keep the moment in perspective for his team.
“Obviously, we feel it’s going to be an advantage playing at home and we love that it is at home,” he told reporters. “But that’s not going to win the game for you.”
Nevertheless, what has the makings of a storybook season could not be ending in a better place for LSU.
How Will Clemson Attack LSU’s Defense?
Lawrence has proved he’s a capable runner at Clemson and has utilized his mobility more as a sophomore. However, the Fiesta Bowl showed an entirely different side of Lawrence, who carried the ball on designed runs an inordinate number of times. 
It worked, though.
Lawrence tagged Ohio State for a career-high 107 yards, which included a crucial 67-yard touchdown. He completed 18 of 33 passes for 259 yards with two scores and zero interceptions, extending his turnover-free streak to seven games.
But was utilizing his mobility the plan all along? Or was it a reaction to the situation? Clemson basically played the first half without Higgins, and Ross twice exited the field in clear discomfort.
Especially given the hits Lawrence absorbed in the semifinal, a more traditional game plan is fair to expect. On the other hand, we would’ve said that before Clemson played Ohio State too. Lawrence’s role is a compelling storyline.
Will LSU Overwhelm Clemson Too?
Clemson ranks second nationally in both yards allowed per game (264.1) and per snap (4.2). The Tigers have collected the second-most takeaways (30), third-most tackles for loss (111) and 12th-most sacks (42) while ceding an FBS-low 11.5 points per game and the second-lowest red-zone touchdown rate (35.7).
That’s the long version of saying this defense is ridiculously good. It is, by every measure, an elite unit.
LSU simply has not cared about such things.
Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia all ranked among the top 25 in yards allowed per play and top 20 in scoring defense. In those four contests, LSU still averaged 7.1 yards per snap and 37.0 points.
Clemson is easily the most complete team LSU has faced. But this Burrow-led offense is capable of thriving anyway.