The statement by ESPN is largely true except for "developed players as well as anyone". This is not true in several key instances and on the offensive side of the ball. So nitpicking, the statement is largely true but you could make the argument that we are chasing Bama largely because that development did not happen and becuase we have sub standard coaching- as it compares to Bama- but not as it compares largely to the overall CFB world.
This statement cracks me up.
Our coach's standard for winning the MNC is completely different from Bama's coach. Everyone, including the media that assists Bama's coach, chooses to overlook this.
Yet, if LSU's coach doesn't live up to this astounding double standard, his own fans call him a moron. This really is fun to watch, as well as the fact that this same media outlet is turning CFB into the WWE.