It’s Alabama-LSU week with the Tigers entering Saturday’s game at 7-1, coming off a big win over Georgia two weeks ago. LSU and college football fans alike seem to think this LSU team, for some reason, is capable of defeating Alabama. It also seems that everyone outside of the state of Alabama has forgotten that Ed Orgeron is still the head coach at LSU.
This fact alone gives LSU absolutely no chance of defeating Alabama.
Before we sift through all the obvious reasons why Orgeron can’t, and will never, beat Nick Saban, let’s give the Tigers proper credit. LSU is 7-1, currently ranked 3rd in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The coordinator duo of Dave Aranda (defense) and Steve Ensminger (offense) along with Coach O’s ability to motivate has been the perfect mix to navigate one of the most talented rosters in college football to a 7-1 start.
Now that I’ve got all of the pleasantries out of the way, let’s get down to brass tax. LSU should be undefeated based on its talent alone. Look at the Tigers schedule. Outside of a Georgia game at home, where talent levels are basically the same, Orgeron hasn’t lead his team to a victory over a single coach that he shouldn’t have.
He lost to first year coach Dan Mullen this year, beat an overrated Mark Richt-led Miami team, and barely beat an Auburn team that was manhandled by Tennessee. Yes, LSU beat Georgia and half credit is given. The rosters aren’t that different and I’d give the edge to LSU for at least one coordinator considering I think Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney may be the worst coordinator on any playoff team in college football.
Outside of that win, I can’t think of a single game, even going back to Orgeron’s days at USC and Ole Miss, where Orgeron led his team to a victory over a team that was more talented than his. While at Ole Miss, Orgeron’s Rebels won two games against teams with a winning record. Both wins were against Memphis teams that finished 7-5.
At USC as interim head coach, the same theory applies. Orgeron didn’t beat a single team that his roster wasn’t more talented than. Even though he was 6-2 and his players begged for him to stay, he was passed over for Steve Sarkisian. Twice now as a head coach, Orgeron has tried to secure the offensive mind of Lane Kiffin and twice Kiffin has turned him down? Why? Maybe it’s because Ed Orgeron offers Kiffin nothing as a head coach that he doesn’t already have.
Kiffin joined Alabama’s staff because he knew he could learn something from Nick Saban. Outside of coaching a defensive line and being a fantastic recruiter, what does Orgeron offer? Nothing. It’s a simple answer.
While LSU fans are excited about being 7-1 and being ranked 3rd in the latest rankings, they all know a reckoning is coming.
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