Ed Orgeron

The fourth quarter of the 2017 National Championship Game was a legendary scene college football fans won't soon forget.

But while Clemson and Alabama exchanged late scores in one of the most emotional quarters of football I've ever seen, the LSU Tigers had a social media post continue to climb great heights.

With more than 700 retweets and 1,000 likes on Twitter, LSU threw a jab at Alabama before the Crimson Tide even kicked off against Clemson. With pictures of new offensive coordinator Matt Canada and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, the post had two blurbs next to LSU’s top assistants.

Next to Canada, the post read, “LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s Pittsburgh offense handed Clemson its only loss of the season and racked up 43 points in the win over the Tigers.”

Next to Aranda’s: “Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and the LSU defense held Alabama scoreless for three quarters and held them to season lows for points (10) and total yards (323).”

Shots fired?

Well if they weren't shots, they weren't certainly warning shots. Aside from a few recruiting hiccups in the last month, LSU has built an incredible amount of momentum heading into the new year, starting with a fantastic offensive coordinator hire and ending with yet another patented Aranda defensive showcase against Louisville. LSU made sure you remembered that on social media.

And now that the king has been knocked off of the throne, LSU fans can begin to taste it. With approximately 200 days until we get back in the saddle for another college football season, LSU returns most of its primary players, while Alabama will have to plug and play on the defensive side of the football. Can it be the LSU Tigers that knock Alabama off its perch next season?

Cheeky post or not, LSU's success in 2017 is far from a given. And actually, LSU had the eighth best odds of winning a national title next season in an immediate odds ranking that followed Clemson's win. A lot can happen from now and then too, but something we all know is Alabama isn't going anymore.

The Crimson Tide's aura might be damaged with the loss in the national title game, but don't expect it to crack the foundation like Ronda Rousey's loss to Holly Holm. No way Bama doesn't come back swinging in nine months.

Mostly everyone agrees with this too. The way too early polls have LSU sitting outside of the Top 10 while Alabama is sitting in the top two of most polls for next season. And who knows if LSU retains enough on defense and has the immediate answer at quarterback to pull off its first SEC title since 2011.

One thing most LSU fans can get on the same page about currently is this — witnessing an Alabama team lose to a group of Tigers offers both satisfaction and promise in 2017.

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Jake Martin covers sports for The Ouachita Citizen. Reach him at sports@ouachitacitizen.com

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