LSU’s CFP win over Clemson is great for college football – Stephen A. | First Take

  • Published: 14 January 2020
  • Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Ryan Clark debate what the LSU Tigers 42-25 win over the Clemson Tigers means for the future of college football.
    #FirstTake #CollegeFootball
    ✔ Subscribe to ESPN+
    ✔ Get the ESPN App:
    ✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube:
    ✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube:
    ✔ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube:
    ✔ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV:

    Exclusive interviews with Rachel Nichols
    Stephen A. Smith on ESPN

    ESPN on Social Media:
    ► Follow on Twitter:
    ► Like on Facebook:
    ► Follow on Instagram:

    Visit ESPN on YouTube to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball, soccer and more.

    More on
  • Sport Sport

Comments • 495

  • Shelby Pearson
    Shelby Pearson  1 days back

    aranda/brady 😂🤣🤣🤣😂
    coach 0, DARWIN AWARD... KING

    • richard makepeace
      richard makepeace  2 days back

      Maybe Clemson should schedule harder opponents starting in 2021 such as Notre Dame, Alabama, LSU and see what happens 🤷🏽‍♂️
      Only time will tell...

      • Off The Grid Living
        Off The Grid Living  2 days back

        LSU is about to kickoff a dynasty

        • Thomas Moss
          Thomas Moss  2 days back

          Can we go ahead and not allow Oklahoma in next year. Just let the SEC have 2 teams in the play-offs

          • Peace O
            Peace O  3 days back

            Let's be Honest. Just rename the CFP as the SEC Championship. Everybody knows it.

            • Stuart Tyler
              Stuart Tyler  3 days back

              If college football teams didn't play conference teams and only played other conferences, you'd have 4 SEC teams in the playoffs every year.

              • P G
                P G  5 days back

                The only chance the rest of college football has y’all gotta keep the sec out the playoffs or we will crush ya

                • Dirty napkin kingpin
                  Dirty napkin kingpin  5 days back

                  PUT CLEMSON IN SEC

                  • Raushaun virgil
                    Raushaun virgil  5 days back

                    SEC💪🏾 that’s my area

                    • Raushaun virgil
                      Raushaun virgil  5 days back

                      LSU got a lot of Joe’s

                      • Steve Mack
                        Steve Mack  5 days back

                        Geaux tigers! Champs! S.E.C. rules!

                        • Mr Alwayslate
                          Mr Alwayslate  5 days back

                          GOD BLESS THE SEC WEST REPPIN WAR EAGLE!!!!

                          • smith lovy
                            smith lovy  5 days back

                            LSU winning isn't great for college football. It just means we have a new over lord. LSU always been there. They've sent the 2nd most players to the NFL the past 10 years. They've only been missing a QB and better offensive system. But they've always had championship talent. This title was just inevitable.

                            • James Earwood
                              James Earwood  5 days back

                              Umm... Trevor does have a natty. We do know.

                              • Jordan Krbec
                                Jordan Krbec  5 days back

                                Ohio state was the better team vs Clemson. They put it in the refs hands though. SEC is not head and shoulders above the rest of the country, Alabama got beat down last season

                                • TyQuan Brown
                                  TyQuan Brown  6 days back

                                  Football all about matchups I feel like THE Ohio state healthy would’ve had a better chance

                                  • Jesse George
                                    Jesse George  6 days back

                                    Everyone sleeps on the big10 when they have a bunch of good teams Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa not week like the ACC

                                    • Frodo Underhill
                                      Frodo Underhill  3 days back

                                      Adam Fling I said the the big ten was number two idiot. I never said it was better than the Sec. I am saying the big ten is the second best conference in terms of depth.

                                    • Jesse George
                                      Jesse George  5 days back

                                      They still are loaded with top ten teams they don’t need to be in the playoff every year. Penn State was ranked #10 this year without Barkley

                                    • Adam Fling
                                      Adam Fling  5 days back

                                      @ Frodo Underhill Since Ohio State one in 2014 no big10 team has won a playoff game. Penn State had one good year when they had a great running back but after he left they sucked again. Michigan and Michigan State, lol. Oklahoma is all big 12 has, is Pac-12 even worth mentioning? ACC is Clemson only. At the end of the day every conference except the SEC is a one trick pony. SEC is more than Bama, there's Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M, and LSU.

                                    • Frodo Underhill
                                      Frodo Underhill  5 days back

                                      Adam Fling two playoff wins is more than the pac-12’s 1 and the big twelve’s 0. The big ten was the second best conference in football this year. Look at the depth this year compared to the ACC.

                                      Wisconsin, Penn state, Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan would have beaten Virginia. They would have beaten Utah. Baylor would be more of a toss up, but who below Baylor would beat any of those teams in the big 12. Their is no doubt the big ten was the second best conference this year.

                                    • Frodo Underhill
                                      Frodo Underhill  5 days back

                                      Adam Fling ohio state won the first playoff in 2014 as a four seed beating #1 alabama and Oregon with a heisman winner.

                                  • Jesse George
                                    Jesse George  6 days back

                                    I still think Trevor Lawrence will be the man in the NFL

                                    • Wil Smith
                                      Wil Smith  6 days back

                                      I think black people just love to hear themselves talk nonsensically...LMAO

                                      • Wil Smith
                                        Wil Smith  6 days back

                                        WHy does Kellerman always try to sound so intellectual, he is the worst

                                        • MprBG world
                                          MprBG world  6 days back

                                          Thanks S.A For UGA And Auburn Talks..💯💪

                                          • sainttrunks1982
                                            sainttrunks1982  6 days back

                                            Home Alone DVD sales flying off the shelves because Burrow.

                                            • Batman Blood
                                              Batman Blood  6 days back

                                              Wanna know what i find funny? Lsu beats both Clemson and Alabama and the talking heads already putting LSU down but talking about how great clemson and bama are.

                                              • Andrew Patton
                                                Andrew Patton  6 days back

                                                If Clemson was the new dynasty it wouldn’t bother me which by the way Clemson will be back in the playoff. It’s not a guarantee for Bama anymore.

                                                • OTKP
                                                  OTKP  6 days back

                                                  Championships are won during Recruiting. Those are the Programs that are at the top of the Recruiting Class Rankings every year. Ohio State is in that mix as well

                                                  • Chuck Basile
                                                    Chuck Basile  6 days back

                                                    Once Saban retires and Dabo takes his.... place Clemson will be done for 10 years. Geaux Tigers 💜💛

                                                    • ScentSense
                                                      ScentSense  6 days back

                                                      Clemson needs to take some of that money they spent on new facilities and get a new mascot...

                                                      • Shelby P
                                                        Shelby P  6 days back

                                                        It means coach O cant call his own offense. Joe Brady left already....
                                                        And LSU is back to being sabans little petting zoo.

                                                        • Dang Dang
                                                          Dang Dang  4 days back

                                                          Shelby P Joe Brady wasn’t even the offensive Coordinator, Ensminger has plenty of film and notes of how to keep running that offense.

                                                      • American Prisoner
                                                        American Prisoner  6 days back

                                                        It’s the LSU one hit wonder season.

                                                        • Brett Hansen
                                                          Brett Hansen  6 days back

                                                          I think this talk is ultimately which good team has the best QB.... they will be there at the NC....

                                                          • peasants are revolting

                                                            How about that Beckham handing out wads of cash to the players. There should be some suspensions hand out! Why don't you idiots talk more about that!

                                                            • The COACH
                                                              The COACH  6 days back

                                                              Nobody could have beat LSU that nite

                                                              • The COACH
                                                                The COACH  6 days back

                                                                SEC 4 LIFE

                                                                • CHIEF
                                                                  CHIEF  6 days back

                                                                  The Redskins are now on the clock. Bengals fans should be so excited.

                                                                  • Rojo
                                                                    Rojo  6 days back

                                                                    GEAUX TIGERS 🐅 💜 💛

                                                                    • Will Donzella
                                                                      Will Donzella  6 days back

                                                                      I’m sorry but these tales were horrible. I’m shocked they’re so gunnel visioned

                                                                      • Matthew Collins
                                                                        Matthew Collins  6 days back

                                                                        Too bad Joe Brady is now the oc of the Panthers.

                                                                        • Steven Lee
                                                                          Steven Lee  6 days back

                                                                          I can tell you why the West is stronger than the East. The West has both Alabama schools and both Mississippi schools. Put 1 of each in the East, keep their yearly games then send Vandy and Missou to the West as replacements for the 2 sent to the East and watch how fast it evens out. The West get to dominate recruiting in alot of important states

                                                                          • Brian johnson
                                                                            Brian johnson  6 days back

                                                                            Max does not know college football. He was flat out wrong and needs to own it.

                                                                            • jelly gawd
                                                                              jelly gawd  6 days back

                                                                              I think top 2 are locked for next year LSU, Clemson, but who's gonna be the 3rd and 4th?

                                                                              • Paul A. Lien
                                                                                Paul A. Lien  6 days back

                                                                                Auburn does not count since they bought themselves a quarterback and the NCAA willingly looked the other way oh, the kid didn't even miss a single game. Meanwhile Chase Young gets a loan for a freaking plane ticket and misses two games yet people can pay a hundred grand for a quarterback.

                                                                                • Chancelorpalmz
                                                                                  Chancelorpalmz  6 days back

                                                                                  Iron sharpens iron the sec been sharpening each other for 20-30 years not plays cupcakes ! Every other conference isn’t playing the level of competition, for 20-30 years the sec has just become different ... kind of like slavery.. we all equal made from Adam and Eve but when u breed slaves for 400 years to make the biggest and strongest that’s how u get lebron James it’s just gonna take time to catch up

                                                                                  • Winford Riner
                                                                                    Winford Riner  6 days back

                                                                                    Fire Max,effective immediately

                                                                                    • MINDMUSCLEMISSION
                                                                                      MINDMUSCLEMISSION  6 days back


                                                                                      • Whut Now!
                                                                                        Whut Now!  6 days back

                                                                                        LSU taking over SEC????

                                                                                        • Ronald Macafee
                                                                                          Ronald Macafee  6 days back

                                                                                          Remember:That was a HOME FIELD VICTORY.

                                                                                          • melrose london
                                                                                            melrose london  6 days back

                                                                                            Clemson has enjoyed a reign over the ACC due to the collapse of FSU, VT & Miami. This game has clearly shown the Tigers' (South Carolina-type) level of opponents in 2019 (not much). The Dabo's just couldn't defend against the receivers & tight-ends of the bar-room Orgeron's (listen to voice) toughness. Dude would f_ck you up!

                                                                                            • L D
                                                                                              L D  6 days back

                                                                                              Did you not see when Clemson beat "the best Ohio State team ever".

                                                                                            • Tyrone jacobs jr
                                                                                              Tyrone jacobs jr  6 days back

                                                                                              clemson lost due to injurys and their best line backer was kicked out game its when lsu came back and scored..

                                                                                          • Jordan Gate
                                                                                            Jordan Gate  6 days back

                                                                                            Cincinnati should hire Brady as an offensive coordinator as well as burrow