#6 LSU determined to remain focused preparing for Louisiana Tech

September 18, 2018 - 10:34 am

Tyler Nunez, Tiger Rag reporting

Nearly a year ago, the LSU football team suffered one of its most disappointing losses in program history as Troy entered Tiger Stadium and upset the Tigers 24-21, shocking LSU fans and football fans across the nation.

This week, the Tigers (3-0) face a similar challenge to Troy as they prepare for in-state opponent Louisiana Tech (2-0) who will bring with them a legacy coach in Skip Holtz and a high-powered offense led by quarterback J’mar Smith, who has already thrown for 589 yards with a .651 completion clip.

LSU offensive guard Garrett Brumfield said that game was on his mind while discussing preparation this week with his girlfriend, which he said she listens to despite his tendency to ramble.

“Games like that happen every year in college football,” Brumfield said. “It was such a shocker, of course, that it was LSU. That wasn’t supposed to happen. LSU is supposed to beat Troy.”Brumfield went on to say there’s no such thing as an easy opponent, as every team has competent football players who want to win games.

“Yeah, they’re Troy, but they’re still a football team,” he said. “Same as Southeastern and Louisiana Tech and all these other schools that people assume are supposed to be easy games.

“I don’t think that you should approach games that way. You should approach every game the same because every football team has players who can beat you.”

Staying focused will be paramount as the Tigers try to put an emotional 22-21 victory against then-No. 7 Auburn behind them.
LSU, like most every team in the nation, has a 24-hour rule in which it celebrates victories and grieves defeat for a day before putting that aside and focusing on the upcoming week.

That’s easier said than done, however, as teams across the country fall into “trap games” seemingly every week, losing to teams they should seemingly beat easy on paper due to lack of focus.

Head coach Ed Orgeron put the onus of responsibility of keeping LSU motivated on himself.

“It starts with me,” Orgeron said. “We block out the noise, good, bad and indifferent. We control our emotions inside the room. Today’s going to be a good day. We’re going to celebrate the win. We’re not going to talk about all the things that are out there. That doesn’t matter.”Rankings also don’t matter, Orgeron said a day after the Tigers joined the Associated Press Top 10 for the first time this season, jumping six spots to No. 6 in the country.

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