Ed Orgeron says LSU focused on beating Georgia, not playoffs

Amos Morale III
December 02, 2019 - 3:22 pm

LSU is 12-0 this year and boasts wins against four top-10 opponents.

With that resume, The Tigers have a strong case to make the College Football Playoffs regardless of what happens in this weekend’s SEC Championship game against No. 4 Georgia.  But LSU head coach Ed Orgeron isn’t buying into that “at all.” 

“We got to win,” he said Monday. “I don't know if we got to win to get in the playoffs or not.  I'm not even talking about that.  Our goal is to beat Georgia and win the SEC, then let's see what happens.

“Coming in to play, we're not talking about that. We're not even considering it right now.”

The Tigers are set to face the Bulldogs in Atlanta Saturday and Orgeron said LSU is expecting a tough matchup. 

“They're going to play their best, man,” Orgeron said. “This is their third time here in a row.  They're going to be hungry.  They're well-coached.  We beat them last year, so they have a little chip on their shoulder.”

LSU defeated the Bulldogs, 36-16, but Orgeron said the Tigers won’t dwell on that victory.

“We got to let last year go,” he said.  “Last year is different.  We played them at home; we played them over there.  Whole different time, whole different circumstance.”

This year’s Georgia team heads into Saturday’s matchup with one of the nation’s top defensive units, allowing just 10.4 points per game.

“(They’re) by far the best defense we've seen…,” Orgeron said.  “They basically are a 4-3, some 3-4.  Only giving up 257 a game.  Tyler Clark and their defensive line, I watch them all the time, because I watch opponents' offensive lines.

“They're very well-coached, they're quick, disruptive.”

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