Bowl Season Only Reinforces LSU's Claim to Greatest Season in NCAA History

Zacerry HerbertContributor IJanuary 5, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Tyrann Mathieu #7 and Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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From the start of the 2011 season in Cowboys Stadium, the LSU Tigers have laid their claim to the title of best team in the nation, but with the BCS National Championship just days away, it isn't out of the question to say that LSU is having the best season ever.

This may seem like a bold claim, but when you stand back and look at the season that the Tigers have put together, the claim seems quite realistic.

This season, LSU put together a 13-0 record against one of the toughest, if not the toughest schedule in the nation.

As a member of the juggernaut SEC, the Tigers must face a tough schedule year in and year out, but this year seemed especially difficult.

To put it into perspective, throughout the season, LSU played against eight ranked opponents, coming out victorious each time.

These opponents included No. 3 Oregon, No. 15 West Virginia, No. 3 Arkansas, and of course, No. 2 Alabama, along with other college football powers.

An undefeated regular season is a wonderful achievement in its own right, but the achievement gains magnitude when, week in and week out, you pick up wins against tough opponents. 

After the regular season ended, all of these facts could have been compiled and there could have been enough evidence to give these LSU Tigers the claim of best season in history, but with bowl season almost over, this evidence continues to pour in.

Two of the teams that were dealt aside during the regular season by the Tigers have already played in a BCS Bowl this season, both teams winning their respective games.

In the Rose Bowl, the Oregon Ducks, who had been blown out by LSU early in the season, were able to beat the Wisconsin Badgers.

Most recently, in the Orange Bowl, the West Virginia Mountaineers, who were completely outplayed by the Tigers this season, hung 70 points on ACC champs Clemson and came away victorious.

It didn't seem possible for LSU to have a tougher strength of schedule, but this bowl season is proving that notion wrong.

The Bayou Bengals only have one more obstacle in their way to completing possibly the best season in college football history: the BCS National Championship against Alabama.

Just in case you forgot, the Tide have already been added as a notch to LSU's belt after losing to the Tigers in a regular season matchup.