LSU Football: Stat proves Ed Orgeron isn’t a one-year wonder

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron isn’t just a one-year wonder.

LSU football fans know that Ed Orgeron is for real.

But some fans and analysts outside of Baton Rouge are skeptical (Tim Tebow for example) that Coach O can continue coaching at an elite level.

Perhaps it’s because of Orgeron’s past head coaching failure at Ole Miss.

Or maybe it’s because of all the talent LSU had last season on its roster and coaching staff (and all the talent they subsequently lost).

Either way, it seems like there are plenty of folks who don’t believe Orgeron is an elite head coach, despite his national championship ring.

There are a couple of stats, however, that I think prove otherwise.

Why LSU football’s Ed Orgeron is an elite head coach

Ed Orgeron coached 35 games in three seasons at Ole Miss. He went 10-25 in those three seasons.

Obviously he didn’t find much success in Oxford, but he learned a lot. Coach O learned how to delegate. He learned how to not micromanage.

Those lessons have helped Orgeron find success with LSU.

In 50 games as the Tigers’ head coach, Orgeron is 40-10.

According to 247Sports, 31 of LSU’s wins during that span have come by double digits. Coach O has led the Tigers to 18 wins against Top 25 teams. And he’s 12-3 against teams in the top 10.

I think those numbers tell us all we need to know. Orgeron is pretty dang good against top competition.

Last week’s loss to Mississippi State doesn’t change that. I think we forget that sometimes teams have to rebuild and reload. The Tigers are essentially a brand new team in 2020. They’ll return to dominating.

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Because that’s what elite head coaches do. And there’s no doubt Orgeron is elite.