College football champions of the decade ranked, starting with LSU


College football decided its national champions during the 2010s without any major controversy compared to previous decades, thanks to the tail end of the Bowl Championship Series and the advent of the College Football Playoff.

(Well, except for 2011, when Oklahoma State was left out in the cold as Alabama and LSU met in a rematch. Or in 2016 and 2017, when two non-conference champions were included the national semifinals. This still pales in comparison to previous postseason controversies.)

And now the decade is complete, with LSU closing the door with a win against Clemson to become only the second team to finish 15-0 in more than a century. With its unbelievably potent offense, the Tigers have made a case for being included among the best teams of any decade, let alone the 2010s.

LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase avoids the tackle attempt by Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons during the College Football Playoff national championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The decade saw championships split among six programs: Alabama with four, Clemson with two and Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State and LSU each with one. And the best national champion of the decade is …

1. 2019 LSU (15-0)

The Tigers’ place in college football history is secure. LSU’s offense is the best to ever come out of the SEC. Quarterback Joe Burrow had an unbelievable senior season. The schedule features several hugely impressive wins, the last coming against a Clemson program aiming to join the shortlist of college football’s top dynasties. There’s no doubt that 2019 LSU will join 2001 Miami (Fla.), 1995 Nebraska and 2018 Clemson in the conversation for the best teams of the past 30 years.

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