LSU Football: Win or Lose, the Tigers Have Had a Memorable 2011 Season

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Head coach Les Miles and the LSU Tigers celebrates their 42-10 win over 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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There was a team of destiny this year in college football. It's the LSU Tigers and the final chapter or their memorable 2011 story will come to a close Monday night in the BCS national championship game.

Les Miles' club will face SEC foe Alabama in a rematch of a memorable 9-6 game back on Nov. 5, which resulted in LSU coming out on top in Tuscaloosa.

The two powerhouse programs will face off again tomorrow night, and win or lose, LSU fans can say with confidence that they were the best team in all of college football this season.

Heading into this year, LSU was considered to be one of many potential BCS title teams. There was no clear-cut favorite, as Alabama, Oklahoma and Oregon had just as many preseason No.1 votes as the Tigers.

But heading into this game, LSU is just that: A true clear-cut favorite. 

The Tigers were the only team to finish the regular season with an undefeated record, and they did so in dominant fashion, taking out college football powerhouse programs one-by-one.

The Tigers started the year with an impressive win over then No. 3-ranked Oregon in Cowboy Stadium. They followed that up with a huge win over West Virginia, who just embarrassed Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl BCS Game. And then came the SEC.

The Tigers rolled through the SEC in dominant fashion. As good as Alabama's 2010 team was, and as good as Tim Tebow's Florida teams were, neither of those team's dominated competition like this LSU team did in 2011.

How about 322-77.

That's the difference that LSU has outscored SEC opponents this season.

The Tigers have averaged 36 points per game in SEC tilts and have given up an average of 8.5 points in nine conference games.

Keep in mind that this is a team that isn't even known for their offense, but 36 points per game against what's known as the best conference in the country really does speak volumes as to how good this team has been this season.

Now, let's not kid ourselves. Taking down Nick Saban's Alabama team twice in one season will certainly be no easy task for this LSU team. The Tide are two years removed from a BCS title themselves, and the team's only loss this season came against LSU.

Alabama certainly isn't backing down from the challenge. Instead, Alabama players are likely licking their chops at the thought of getting redemption against the nation's No. 1-ranked team.

If LSU wins this game, the state of Louisiana erupts, and the argument for college football's best team over the past decade has to be taken seriously. If not, that argument should still have some form of legitimacy to it.

This is a team that steamrolled through the toughest schedule in the nation this year and were simply dominant in every aspect of the game.

Win or lose, Les Miles and the LSU Tigers have written a memorable chapter in college football history this year.

One that should be talked about for a long time to come.