Bill Haber, Associated Press
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson throws during practice for the BCS Championship at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan 5, 2012. LSU will face Alabama in the BCS Championship game on Monday.

NEW ORLEANS — LSU players are already starting to ponder their place in college football history.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson says if the top-ranked Tigers can beat No. 2 Alabama on Monday night "I think we will go down as the greatest team."

Guard Will Blackwell and tailback Michael Ford were a little less bold, but think LSU would have a case.

Ford says LSU can be regarded as "arguably the greatest team in college history."

The Tigers have beaten eight Top 25 teams, six of them away from home.

Blackwell says if LSU wins one more, "show me a team that beat tougher opponents and a tougher schedule."

Some of the teams that might argue the issue: Nebraska of 1971 and 1995, Southern California of 1972 and probably an Alabama team or two.