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The Ed Orgeron Trial Begins At LSU

After years of underachieving under the leadership of Les Miles, the officials within the LSU Athletic Department finally decided to fire Miles after last year’s gut wrenching loss to the Auburn Tigers.

The Tigers decided to hire assistant Ed Orgeron to become the full-time head coach after going 5-2 under his watch. With that being said, the microscope will be on Orgeron to put the Tigers in the conversation to contend for a National Title on a yearly basis.

Recently, the Tigers have not lived up their hype over the past few seasons. They have not defeated arch rival the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2011. With the type of talent the program has brought in over the years, they should have won two or three National Titles under the Les Miles Era in Baton Rouge.

One issue that Orgeron needs to address in Baton Rouge is the Tigers inability to score points on offense. Under the guidance of Les Miles, the Tigers offense looked like something out of the 1980s. It was that painful to watch. As I have stated before, “Conventional Style Offenses Will Not Work Against Alabama.”

A program needs to have to firepower that is somewhat similar to what the Clemson Tigers had in their arsenal when they played the Crimson Tide in two consecutive National Title games. Right now, I do not believe that LSU starting quarterback Danny Etling is the guy that can be successful for four quarters against the Alabama defense.

Last season, Etling managed only 92 passing yards against the vaunted Crimson Tide defense. You must pass for more than 92 yards if you want to take down Alabama. Unless Danny Etling becomes the SEC’s version of Sam Darnold, he will have a difficult time playing against Alabama.

Coach Orgeron has shown that he can step in and become a quality interim head coach. But now that he is the man in charge at one of college football’s premier programs on a full-time basis, he must demonstrate that he can be successful against programs like Alabama and lead them back to the conversation of playing for a National Title.

If not, Coach “O” will have a very short stay down in Baton Rouge, and the rumors of unemployed head coach Chip Kelly heading down to the bayou is a very legitimate possibility.

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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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