An Unimpressed Fan
We’re on to a huge Southeastern Conference for LSU, and a somewhat different mindset toward the team and particularly its coach over the last week.
LSU’s 17-16 upset win over Florida last week in Gainesville, Florida, took a lot of heat off the players and coach Ed Orgeron.
Fans seem at least slightly understanding that the Tigers have a young team and a roster that is lacking some of the big playmakers from the last couple of seasons.
As for the coach, it’s a different story. Even in a rebuilding season, many fans will not accept anything outside of at least a 10-win season, regardless of the circumstances. As for finish under .500, it won’t be accepted.
Radio call-in shows were brutal last week toward Orgeron, some of whom called for his immediate termination.
The win over Florida, which almost slipped away from the Tigers, gave Orgeron a slight reprieve from the heat he has felt over the last few weeks.
The game against Florida showed some impressive work by the Tiger defense, but LSU could never keep the Gators fully out of grasp. It was still a win – and a much need one – but how long will the heat stay off of Coach O?
We will see this weekend when LSU locks up with Auburn 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers go into the game unranked, while Auburn heads to Baton Rouge ranked No. 10 in the most recent Associated Press poll.
Auburn, the leader in the SEC Western Division, comes into the game after a 49-10 blowout over Mississippi State.
Yes, that’s the same Mississippi State that humiliated LSU 37-7 Week Two in the SEC opener.
Auburn is looking solid in virtually every aspect of the game week after week, while LSU has lacked consistency in at least one facet of the game. In the case of the losses to Mississippi State and Troy State (you can decide for yourself which was the bigger embarrassment), LSU looked flat on both sides of the ball.
It gets no easier, folks. The Tigers head to Oxford to face Ole Miss (2-4), but history proves that the record means nothing in the rivalry between LSU and the Rebels.
A loss against Auburn may not draw too much scorn to Coach O, but to let Ole Miss come out victorious would probably prove even worse than Troy State.
In the case of Mississippi State and Troy State, it can be argued that those two teams played some of their best football in years in those games. It’s doubtful the same would apply to Ole Miss.
The gauntlet continues with Alabama the following week. A rough road lies ahead for the Tigers, and it will likely test the patience of fan – something that runs thin even in better times.