James Carville on LSU, Clemson: 'Most anticipated college football game of this century'

Erik Hall
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
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James Carville, the lead strategist for U.S. President Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, appears on "The Tony Kornheiser Show" podcast almost every week during the football season to pick games. 

Carville is an LSU and LSU Law Center graduate, so he spent some time Friday talking about Monday's College Football Playoff national title game between LSU and Clemson. 

"Look, this is the most anticipated college football game of this century, period," Carville said to open his segment

"I will agree with that," said Kornheiser, a co-host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption." "I'll agree with that." 

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"And if LSU wins, they will go down as the most exciting football team in the history, the 150-year history of college football," Carville added. 

"I don't know about that, but you know," Kornheiser responded. "Really?"

"Name me another team more exciting than this team," Carville said. 

"Well, the one thing that I would say is the (Matt) Leinart, (Reggie) Bush teams at USC, I thought, were pretty exciting," said the 71-year-old Kornheiser, a former Washington Post sports columnist. "And of course, at my age, O.J. Simpson at USC."

Running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart of the USC Trojans pose for a portrait during a USC team practice on the USC campus on August 16, 2005, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo By Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

"They were very exciting," Carville responded. "If this team wins, it will be the first team in the history of college football to defeat seven teams, when they played, that were in the top 10."

"Yeah, they've been fabulous," Kornheiser said.

"Come on, if they win this game, there will be nothing like it in the history of football," Carville said.

"And Joe Burrow has 55 touchdown passes," Kornheiser said.

"He is the all-time leading completion percentage in college football," Carville said.

"He's a stud," Kornheiser said of Burrow.

"He's played the hardest schedule maybe in the history of college football," Carville said. 

"Alright, I agree with that," Kornheiser responded. 

"It's not like you're Colt McCoy and you're running up the score on Kansas State," Carville said of the former Texas quarterback. 

"I'll give you these things," Kornheiser said. 

Tony Kornheiser, left, and Michael Wilbon, right, on the set of ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption."

"And they're going to do it," Carville said. "They'll do it by more than six points."

Kornheiser and Carville then talk about LSU being a 5.5-point favorite against Clemson

"Take 'em," Carville said projecting LSU will beat Clemson by more than 5.5 points. "They've convinced me. I'm too Catholic and too 'I can't believe I'm seeing this. It's all going to fall apart.' You know, 'Burrow's going to break his leg.' ... They're just good."

"They are really good," Kornheiser responded. "Clemson is really good, too."

"Great, really good," Carville said of Clemson. "They haven't lost a game in two years and beat Alabama 44-16 (in the 2019 CFP title game)."

Kornheiser added about Clemson, "It's sort of not their fault their schedule broke the way it did this year, but they destroy people. And their quarterback is right there with Joe Burrow. He is." 

"Right there," Carville responded about Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. "And the only way you can be the best is you have to beat the best. And that's what we got to do." 

"So if Clemson were to win this game?" Kornheiser asked Carville. 

"Back-to-back NCAA championships, undefeated, what can you say," Carville said. 

Carville went on to predict the Minnesota Vikings would keep the game against the San Francisco 49ers closer than the seven-point spread, but the 49ers beat the Vikings 27-10 on Saturday. 

He closed with one more comment about LSU vs. Clemson football. 

"We're going to be the best, the most exciting team in the 150 years of college football," Carville said. 

"We'll do a documentary on that," Kornheiser said. "We'll have you do the doc."

"There will be many," Carville closed by saying. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.

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