It is a lot easier to run 100+ plays on offense then defend against 100+ plays. I am not saying LSU did not try. I am saying Clemson was way more pumped and invested a lot more into that game then LSU. If you read my previous posts I also said it was a big win and Clemson should be proud. If you watched the other SEC v. whoever bowl games the SEC looked flat and played without care while the other teams were treating it like a championship game. UGA v.Nebraska, Miss. St v. NW, USCe v. Michigan, and Florida v. Louisville all come to mind. Fact of the matter is whether you want to admit it or not the SEC is NC or bust and when other conferences play the SEC they treat it as a championship game!!! Which was the case with your wannabe real Tigers!
You misunderstood. I meant opposing defenses did not hit the floor like LSU's, despite the fact that we ran 100+ plays on them. What that indicates to me is that LSU was pushing it more than those teams because it was a big matchup.
I think the whole "looking flat" thing is a lame excuse. The truth is that teams "look flat" almost every time they lose. (Note - I said "almost.") I did not watch any of the games you mentioned other than ours and some of the Sugar Bowl, so I cannot comment on them, but I can say that LSU most definitely did not "look flat" in the Peach Bowl this year. Their players flew around the field, laid the wood, talked trash, got in fights, and ran themselves until they were literally too exhausted to play any more.
LSU expects to play for the national championship every year, I get that. But I absolutely do not think they weren't trying in the Peach Bowl. I think that's a lame excuse. I also don't think LSU's expectations are the same as the rest of the SEC's. LSU, Alabama, and Florida may feel that way, but none of the others do, nor can they.