On Nov. 3, LSU was 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings. Then the bottom fell out.
The Tigers dropped three consecutive games to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss, each by double-digit margins. By Nov. 24, LSU had regressed from national championship contenders behind an incredible running back to excluded from the Playoff rankings entirely.
The talented Tigers displayed its inexperience during a brutal November stretch. However, LSU could still salvage an impressive 9-3 season with a victory in most likely a prominent bowl game. Nobody expected the Tigers’ free fall, but there was still plenty to celebrate about the 2015 season. Here are LSU’s team awards:
Team MVP: Leonard Fournette
There’s nobody else even close to winning the team MVP, as nobody knows where LSU would be without Fournette. The sophomore tailback leads the nation with an average of 158.3 rushing yards and has carried LSU throughout the season.
Defensive MVP: Jamal Adams
The sophomore safety was LSU’s most versatile player. He led the team with four interceptions and finished third with 60 total tackles.
Best freshman: Arden Key
Key is going to be a cornerstone for this defense going forward. Key finished tied for fifth with 38 tackles, earned five sacks and led the team with nine quarterback hurries.
Biggest surprise: The Les Miles situation
Nobody expected Les Miles being to be on the hot seat after LSU’s 7-0 start and nobody thought he would return next season after reports suggested that he was going to be fired last weekend. Like his team, Miles’ job security proved to be quite the roller coaster ride.
Best play: The fake field goal against Florida
This play spoke for itself and ultimately won LSU the game against the Gators in one of the best games of the season. Allow this to refresh your memory:
— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) October 18, 2015
Overall grade: B
Considering the youth and inexperience on this roster, an 8-3 season with losses against three pretty good SEC foes isn’t as bad as it may seem right now. The losing skid was dramatic and unexpected, but the Tigers put together a good season overall.