LSU's Top Teams
1. 1958 – LSU's
only undefeated team to ever win a (recognized) national championship. Yes, the
1908 team went undefeated and the 2003 squad won a national title, but Paul
Dietzel's 1958 Tigers ran the table and beat Clemson 7-0 in the Sugar Bowl to
cap off an 11-0 season. The 1958 Tigers are most noted for their three-team
system consisting of the Go Team, the White Team and the Chinese Bandits. LSU
outscored opponents an average of 25-4 in its 11 games that season and survived
a 7-6 mud bath versus
2. 2003 – No doubt
the most talented team in LSU's storied history, the 2003 Tigers set the record
for most wins in a season, compiling an impressive 13-1 tally. Nick Saban's LSU
squad won the program's second national championship and the first in 45 years.
Although the title run was shrouded in controversial debate surrounding the BCS
system, the Tigers rolled over
3. 1969 – It seems
ironic the team most people feel was the best ever did not go undefeated, win a
championship, or even play in a bowl game. The 9-1 Tigers were snubbed by the
Cotton Bowl in lieu of an 8-1-1 Notre Dame team that lost to eventual national
4. 1908 – The
first great team in LSU history. The 1908 team, led by the legendary G.E. "Doc"
Fenton, rolled to a 10-0 record, averaged 44 points per game, surrendered only
11 points on the season and pitched an LSU record-tying seven shutouts. The
Tigers' closest game was a 10-2 decision over
5. 1961 – If only!
A 16-3 loss to unranked Rice in the season opener spoiled what-could- have-been
in coach Paul Dietzel's final season. The Tigers did not lose again, winning 10
straight games and the SEC championship, and closed things out with an
impressive 25-7 thrashing of No. 7 Colorado in the Orange Bowl. LSU finished the
season ranked No. 4 in both final polls while
6. 2006 – If only
– part two! Sure, the 2006 Tigers had two losses, both of which came early in
the season and knocked LSU from the national championship hunt. A 7-3 loss to
7. 1970 – Despite
being LSU's all-time winningest coach, Charles McClendon won only one SEC title
– that coming in the 1970 season. That season, the Tigers lost only three games:
a 20-18 defeat in the final seconds to Texas A&M, an epic 3-0 loss to No. 4
Notre Dame, and a 17-12 heartbreaker to eventual national champion
8. 1987 – Only
nine teams in LSU history have won 10 or more games, and first-year coach Mike
Archer was at the controls of one of those prolific teams. The 1987 Tigers went
10-1-1. However, a 22-10 loss to
9. 2005 – Did
Hurricane Katrina cost LSU a shot at the national title? The Tigers survived a
hurricane-affected regular season going 10-1 and landing in the SEC title game
in Les Miles' first season. LSU got blown out by
10. 1937 – The
1935 and 1936 Tigers each won SEC championships and were recognized by at least
one service as national champions. But the 1937 team may have been the best of
the three. Bernie Moore's 1937 Tigers missed out on an SEC and national
championship with a 7-6 loss to Vanderbilt. LSU then dropped a 6-0 decision to
1933, 1935, 1936, 1946, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1982, 1986, 1988, 2001, 2005
(Tiger Rag historian and former Times-Picayune sports writer Marty Mule' offers his insight)
1. 1969 – 9-1-0: averaging 35 points on offense and yielding just 38 yards rushing on defense, this was the best balanced Tiger team in the modern era.
2. 2003 – 13-1-0: touting the nation's best defense, the Tigers won a school record 13 games en route to the BCS national title.
3. 1961 – 10-1-0: Paul Dietzel said this team had more talent than the '58 national champions; 11 members of this team went to the pros.
4. 1958 – 11-0-0: At a time when the rules made points a premium, these Tigers had only four games decided by 10 points or less.
5. 1946 – 9-1-1: These Tigers had two All-Pros (Dan Sandifer and Jim Cason) and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (Y.A. Tittle) among 15 who played pro ball and 18 who were drafted.
6. 1959 – 9-2-0: didn't give up a touchdown until the eighth game of the season, and just 29 all told.
7. 1908 – 10-0-0: scored the almost unthinkable total of 442 points in the era of the five-point touchdown, and gave up one touchdown all season.
8. 1935 – 9-1-1: first LSU team to ranked No. 1 by at least one poll, winning a string of close games against quality opponents.
9. 1937 – 9-2-0: Gave up just three touchdowns all season – one on Vandy's infamous "Hidden Ball'' trick – Tigers outscored last five foes 174-13. eye-catching for the day.
10. 1970 – 9-3-0: Despite three losses, SEC champ Tigers were 10 points away from an unbeaten season.