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LSU vs. Clemson: home-crowd vs. experience

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January 10, 2020 - 12:16 pm
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By: Tim Zimmer

One thing’s certain…Monday night the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be filled with Tiger fans for the College Football National Championship. The LSU Tigers will try and take down a Clemson Tigers team that’s making their fourth championship appearance in the last five seasons.

This will be LSU’s fourth appearance in a championship game with all four games being in New Orleans. The Tigers defeated Oklahoma in 2003 and Ohio State in 2007 to win the title, but LSU fell short in 2011, when they were beaten by the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Going back to the 2001 season, the Purple & Gold have used the home crowd to their advantage; they’ve gone 6-1 in games played in the Superdome.

LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron was asked if the Tigers have an advantage by playing just an hour away from their campus.

“I think it’s great. For some reason, when we found out it was going to be in New Orleans last year, we felt like we were going to be there. What an opportunity for us, the state of Louisiana…for everybody to be there. I like it because it’s a home-field advantage…because we don’t have to get on an airplane and go down there,” said Orgeron.

While LSU will use their home crowd to their advantage, Clemson’s big benefit is they’ve been there…done that. Not only has Clemson won 29 straight games, but that include last year’s championship win over Alabama.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence says knowing what to expect will keep Clemson calm and collected entering a hostile environment. “I think the biggest thing is I’ve been there before so I know what to expect. It’s a different place. It’s a different team. We’re a different team, so everything is different. Just having that experience playing in a national championship definitively is something that you take a little comfort in.”

Lawrence, a sophomore quarterback, has started in 25 of the 29 games during the Tigers win streak. This could be his biggest test yet, as the Superdome crowd could be the rowdiest they’ve played in during his two seasons with Clemson.

“It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be really loud when we’re on offense. We’ll prepare like it’s a road game as far communication. That’s in their backyard. It’s going to be mostly LSU, but it was mostly Ohio Stat in Arizona too…so it’ll be similar. It’ll definitely be electric and a lot of fun,” says Lawrence.

Experience vs home crowd. Which will prevail? And, will either make an impact in the game? According to ticket sale projections, LSU should make up over 60% of the seating.

So what does Coach O think about having the crowd on LSU’S side? “I think it’s going to be a tremendous night, but you know what, after the first snap it’s like a heavyweight fight. All that stuff don’t matter,” says Orgeron.

That tremendous night of college football kicks off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Monday night at 7pm right here on WWL.

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