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Coach O sees 10 wins as huge step toward a championship LSU program

Kristian Garic
November 19, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Before the season started many experts pegged the LSU Tigers as a 7 win team, perhaps 8, if you count the bowl game.  We did not expect a dominating win over Georgia, nor did we see the Tigers beating Auburn on the road in week three.  Now LSU has a chance to win 10 games with a win over Texas A&M this weekend. “Throw out the rankings and throw out the point spreads,” insisted Coach Ed Orgeron about this upcoming matchup with the Aggies.

The Tigers are alive for a New Year’s Day bowl game, perhaps the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl.  Right now, however, Coach Orgeron is focused on closing out the regular season.  “There is extra motivation to win this game on both sides,” said Coach O. 

Just like LSU, the Aggies have a lot riding on this game.  A&M is 7 and 4 under Jimbo Fisher in his first season in college station.  Another win would impact the Aggies bowl game position, and signify a great accomplishment for a head coach, who inherited a talent depleted Aggies roster.

This past week, as expected, LSU clobbered cupcake Rice 42-10.   “The Rice game was much needed for us, I promise you,” Coach O said.  In other words, the Tigers’ confidence had been shaken a bit, and beating Rice helped to restore faith lost in the Bama game. 

The bigger picture look for LSU is not just 10 wins, but 11 actually…counting a bowl victory.  That would go a long way for LSU explains Coach O, “It’s a huge step in building a championship program, where LSU needs to be.  Having a chance to win 11 games reminds me of some of what I’ve been a part of before at USC.  You have to take steps. I think this team has taken steps.” 

Two more big steps coupled with a strong recruiting class and the Tigers are right back in the mix amongst heavy weights in college football next season.

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