How LSU football’s approach needs to dramatically shift in final games of season

LSU football loses to Mississippi State (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
LSU football loses to Mississippi State (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

LSU football could benefit from changing their approach in the final games of the season.

LSU football‘s 2020 season isn’t going quite like everyone thought it would.

No one expected the Tigers to repeat as national champions in 2020 — thanks to an extreme loss of talent — but 2-3 with losses to Mississippi State and Missouri wasn’t expected, either.

LSU clearly isn’t going to win the SEC West this season. And I doubt they’ll finish the season with a winning record (games remaining against Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M are daunting).

Ed Orgeron and the Tigers obviously want to win every game they play. And they’ll be doing everything they can to win out this season.

But if those wins don’t happen?

No harm, no foul. Recruits understand that LSU lost a lot of talent this season. And they understand that Coach O and the Tigers are rebuilding. A few losses aren’t deterring recruits from committing to LSU.

Essentially, the rest of the season is all about development for the Tigers.

LSU football needs to get everyone plenty of experience

Since LSU isn’t going to compete for an SEC Championship this season, it gives the program an incredible opportunity they should utilize.

The Tigers can basically use the rest of the season to develop some depth.

Play everyone on the depth chart. Rotate quarterbacks (TJ Finley appears to be the starter, but Max Johnson needs reps, too). Get everyone plenty of reps.

LSU will be a better team in 2021 if they choose to focus 100 percent on development the rest of 2020.

Fans, of course, may not enjoy it. But there aren’t many fans at games this season anyway. And after the 2-3 start, it’s not like anyone is expecting LSU to suddenly catch fire and steamroll through the rest of their schedule.

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The Tigers shouldn’t blow this opportunity. There’s no substitute for the game experience that some of LSU’s younger players could get the rest of the season.