LSU Football: Tigers aren’t in the right frame of mind to win games

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LSU football doesn’t have the right frame of mind to win games.

There are a couple of reasons that LSU football isn’t off to a good start this season.

The most obvious reason is the extreme loss of talent the Tigers suffered after the 2019 season.

LSU had 14 players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. That’s an insane amount of talent to replace.

It’s no surprise that Ed Orgeron’s squad isn’t quite as good as it was last season. I don’t think anyone in their right mind expected the Tigers to compete for a national championship in 2020.

But I’m pretty sure everyone thought they’d be better than what we’ve seen this season — especially after Coach O’s declaration about the defense during the offseason.

That’s what makes me think there’s another reason LSU is struggling this season.

A national championship hangover for LSU football?

I think it’s fairly obvious that LSU is suffering from the classic championship hangover.

The hunger to win just isn’t there with the Tigers this season. And that’s apparent from the team’s recent behavior.

LSU is dealing with some positive COVID-19 tests that could end up postponing the Tigers’ matchup against Alabama this weekend.

The source of those positive COVID-19 tests?

A Halloween party the night of the Tigers’ 48-11 loss to Auburn (via Brody Miller).

This has to be a bit unsettling for Coach O and his staff.

After suffering one of the worst losses in program history, LSU players were so pissed off that they…partied?

The killer instinct simply isn’t present with this team. And it’s evident in the way they’re playing and the way they’re handling themselves off the field.

LSU is better than the teams they’ve lost to this season. They shouldn’t be sitting at 2-3 near the bottom of the SEC West.

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Hopefully things change soon because this certainly isn’t the culture Ed Orgeron worked his tail off to build in Baton Rouge.