Oct 13, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron prior to kickoff against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium.

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Coach O: I like our DB’s in this matchup with Bama

Kristian Garic
October 30, 2018 - 5:00 pm
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Saturday can’t come fast enough for LSU fans.  The 4th ranked Tigers take their best shot against No. 1 Alabama in Death Valley at 7pm.  Sure, it’s your typical Alabama team coming into Death Valley…stout on defense, strong running game with a very good offensive line.  There is one slight difference from the Tide teams of the past, QB Tua Tagovailoa is a Heisman candidate, who can do it all with his feet and lethal left arm. 

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron calls Tagovailoa the best player in the country, but added he likes how the Tigers defense stacks up against Tagovailoa and the talented group of Alabama receivers.  “On defense we have some seasoned guys.  These guys are similar to Georgia.  The strength of their team is their quarterback and wide receivers.  I like our DB’s in this match up,” Orgeron said with a smile.

This is a monster game for the Tigers and Tide.  LSU hasn’t beaten Alabama in seven consecutive games, but Coach Orgeron isn’t going to make this game bigger than it needs to be.  “I don’t need to tell the players how big this game is; I’m not going to make it bigger than life.  I want these guys to play their best football game and I need to coach my best football game,” he said.  The stage will be GIGANTIC.  The fans are going to be out for blood against the Tide, and won’t have any problem voicing their hatred hours before kickoff, and during the game.

LSU does stack up well against Alabama, the speed on defense will be a big help for LSU.  There is only one little problem, pre-season All American linebacker Devon White has to sit out the first half due to a targeting call he incurred in the win over Mississippi State. 

So, how will Coach O and the Tigers make do without White?  “Guys have to step up.  I have to be a better coach.  Dave Aranda has to be a better coordinator.  Everybody’s gotta do their part,” explained Orgeron.  Sophomore Patrick Queen and freshman Micah Baskerville will be the two players, who will spell Devin White in the first half.  “Those guys are good players.  They just have a great linebacker in front of them,” said Coach O.  Queen played tailback in high school and has tremendous speed.  Baskerville was the defensive player of the year Evangel. He’s very instinctive.

South Louisiana will be the center of the football universe this weekend with LSU hosting Alabama and the Saints hosting the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.  Let’s feast on what should be a smorgasbord of great football.

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