Most coaches don’t like to hear or admit that one single game is a must win situation.
The “Must Win” tag could be used when LSU host Ole Miss in a SEC Showdown here Saturday night in Baton Rouge’s Death Valley.
Ole Miss is coming off its second SEC West loss to Arkansas causing major concern that the Rebels will not finish the 2016 season like they have in previous years with a major bowl game.
Ole Miss lost a tough one on the road last week against the Razorbacks only to have another road game against a dangerous LSU team.
LSU on the other hand appears to be a team that is headed in the right direction since Tiger Interim Head Football Coach Ed Orgeron took over for the fired Les Miles.
The Tiger offense has coming roaring out of the gates, putting up over 640 yards against Missouri and over 450 yards against Southern Mississippi last weekend including over 10 yards per play.
http://www.scout.com/college/lsu/story/1719731-new-tiger-blitz-members-r... is this a must win game for LSU?
Well there are several answers to that question. With only one loss in SEC play to Auburn, LSU can control its own destiny. If the Tigers can win out they would most likely win the West. After playing Ole Miss this week, LSU will have an open week before closing out a difficult schedule with the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas AM. The good news is that the Tigers get Alabama and Florida at home.
It’s also a must win game for Ed Orgeron, who is getting an on the job interview for the permanent Head Coach position.
Since Orgeron took over the Tiger program there has been a renewed energy with in the Tiger Football family, from the players, to the fans and has added a renewed hope for a SEC West title.
Tiger star running back Leonard Fournette will return to action Saturday night against Ole Miss, he will give LSU another big weapon just in time for this important match-up. When asked if he would slow play bringing the star running back into the Tiger’s offensive attack, the new head coach smiled and gave a simple answer.
“He’s the first one off the bus,” Orgeron said in his Thursday press conference. “He’s ready, he can’t wait to get the ball back in his hands. He helped us even when he wasn’t playing, he’s that type of young man. He was on the sidelines getting our players pumped up, he was in the locker room last week firing the players up at halftime against Southern Mississippi. Everyone knows what he can do on the field with the ball in his hands.”
Both Orgeron and Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze knows the importance of this game.
“This is going to be another tough SEC road game with rival LSU down in Baton Rouge,” Freeze said earlier this week. “I think we are playing one of the better teams in the country this Saturday night and it is a great opportunity. We will have to show a lot of resolve with the way the world works now around athletic programs that are this magnitude where the expectations are high.”
A win against Ole Miss this weekend will move the Tigers one step closer in achieving their goals, it will also move Orgeron on step closer to earning the right to be the next full-time Head Coach at LSU and removing that interim tag.
Saturday night in Death Valley with so much on the line for both team, does it get any better than that.
This is what college football in the SEC is all about.